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Ayutthaya
Travel Guide

For an interesting day trip away from Bangkok, visit this former Thai capital, a historical park with ruins and magnificent statues.

If you’re after a day trip away from the hustle and bustle of central Bangkok, this historical park featuring ruins and giant statues is the perfect place. Ayutthaya was once the capital of Thailand, and a trip here reveals a lost Siamese kingdom and a hidden world.

At the ruins of Ayutthaya, you can learn all about the fascinating history attached to this area, as well as sampling it first-hand. Visitors can check out the towers of the temples, monasteries and palaces and gaze upon the bronzed statue of Buddha that features prominently at the site. You can also browse for hours in the on-site museum, where your curiosity will be rewarded by the many archaeological finds from the region. The Chao Sam Phraya Museum houses the largest collection of archaeological relics.

Ayutthaya was the second capital of the Kingdom of Siam, and is a hugely historical site, having been founded centuries ago in 1350. The site is often attributed with having and ocean connection, as it was formed in a position where three rivers converge. By the eighteenth century, the character of Ayutthaya had changed completely, with the area becoming a sprawling urban area with increasing socio-economic, religious and political importance. However, the city was to change in character forever later in that century, when a Burmese invasion in 1767 effectively destroyed it. As a consequence, its thousands of residents fled.

When you cross the area today, whether by bike, ferry or tuk-tuk, you’ll notice that once upon a time, the main part of the city was entirely surrounded by a wall, which is still partly intact today, with the Phet Fortress being one part still standing in its original form.

Most of the ruins at this particular site are located in the north-western corner. There are also a number of temples to explore that bring a sense of historical resonance and beauty to the site. Of the temples, the largest is the Wat Phra Si Sanphet, notable for the headless statues of Buddha which feature prominently in its design.

Ayutthaya can be reached either by train, or by booking a day tour. It is well worth considering an overnight stay if you would like to visit Ayutthaya, as it’s located some 90 kilometres from Bangkok. There are numerous guesthouses in the locality, and many offer sunset tuk-tuk tours so you can see the city at night, in all its glory.

Krungsri River Hotel
Krungsri River Hotel
4 out of 5
27/2 Moo.11 Rojchana Rd., Ayutthaya Riverside, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs5,488 per night from 26 Mar to 27 Mar

Located in the heart of Ayutthaya, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ayuthaya Floating Market and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Ayutthaya Elephant ...

3.8/5Good! (80 reviews)

"I have marked down on service... 1) Dining, only the Italian restaurant open (understandable and not a problem). Presented with and chose from the Italian menu. During the meal, it was noticeable that Thai customers were reading from a different menu. It transpires, three menus were available, Chinese ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2020

Krungsri River Hotel
OYO 952 Ocean Gold Card Ayutthaya
OYO 952 Ocean Gold Card Ayutthaya
2.5 out of 5
64 Soi 6 Moo 1, Tambon Tha-nu, Uthai District, Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs921 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar

Situated in Ayutthaya, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ayutthaya Historical Park, Wat Yai Chaimongkon and Ayutthaya Elephant Village. Ayuthaya Floating ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)

"It ok for me. TV, air con. Not far from main road."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2020

OYO 952 Ocean Gold Card Ayutthaya
sala ayutthaya
sala ayutthaya
4 out of 5
9/2 Moo 4, U-Thong Road, Pratu Chai, Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
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Located in the heart of Ayutthaya, this hotel is steps away from Wat Chao Prap and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Chao Sam Phraya Museum and Wihan Phra Mongkol Bophit ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (249 reviews)
Relaxing and comfortable stay in Ayutthhaya

"Very nicely designed hotel. Comfortable rooms. But restaurant is a bit overpriced for the kind of food and especially the drinks."…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2020

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Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kamalar Palace Longstay house
Kamalar Palace Longstay house
3 out of 5
1/8-28 Hualaem Market, U-Tong Rd., T. Thawasukree, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs2,033 per night from 31 Mar to 1 Apr

Situated in Ayutthaya, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wat Lokayasutha and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Wihan Phra Mongkol Bophit and Wat Phra Si Sanphet are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (39 reviews)

"We booked the villa with 3 bedrooms and got a big 4 bedrooms, 2 storeys villa. The area outside the house looks a bit run down. However the inside of the house is clean and nice. It has basic amenities (fridge, microwave, cutleries). I forgot to check if they have stove since we didn't use it. They ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2020

Kamalar Palace Longstay house
Onvara Place
Onvara Place
3 out of 5
40/28 Moo 3 Khlong Suan Plu, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs2,439 per night from 31 Mar to 1 Apr

Situated in the historical district, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ayutthaya Historical Park and Wat Yai Chaimongkon. Ayutthaya Elephant Village ...

3.9/5Very Good! (17 reviews)
I cannot recommend this place

"When we arrived there was no one. Just 2 little barking dogs that mad the place small like a dog's place. Soi dogs (friendly) on the stairs. The landlord only talked to my wife. No registration of my passport. This is not according to the law. The room is spacious and is actually a small appartment. ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2020

Onvara Place
The Heart Ayutthaya Holiday Home
The Heart Ayutthaya Holiday Home
2.5 out of 5
16/68 Naraesuan Road, Pratuchai, Ayutthaya

Situated in Ayutthaya, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wat Ratchaburana and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Wat Phra Mahathat and Wat Phra Ram are also within ...

1/5 (1 review)
Pésimo servicio y cucarachas en las habitaciones.

"Sucio. Mal servicio. Feo. Cucarachas. Desayuno horrible. No hablan inglés. Casa con 4 habitaciones con mucho ruido exterior. El lugar está realmente feo. Ubicación aceptable. Difícil de encontrar. No lo recomiendo a nadie"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2016

The Heart Ayutthaya Holiday Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Lots to see and really interesting. Everywhere is very spread out and not easy to follow the maps. No real centre.

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27 Jun 2019

Nice Place about historical City.

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12 Feb 2019

Interesting historical city with some nice restaurant and cafes. Enjoyed going around on a bicycle.

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