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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.

Top hotels in Ayutthaya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
sala ayutthaya
sala ayutthaya
4 out of 5
9/2 Moo 4, U-Thong Road, Pratu Chai, Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
Rs6,062
per night
18 Apr-19 Apr

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (230 reviews)
Beautiful hotel - Excellent staff

"This hotel has an amazing view on the temple across the river. I could not get a room with a view because the hotel was full but the view from the restaurant is fantastic. Service was excellent. Staff extremely considerate and helping for all our needs. Water pressure in the room is a bit low particularly ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2020

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The Avail
The Avail
3 out of 5
16/70 Nareasuan Road, Pratuchai, Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
Rs893
per night
14 Apr-15 Apr

Located in the heart of Ayutthaya, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wat Ratchaburana and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Wat Phra Mahathat and Wat Phra Ram are ...

3.4/5 (58 reviews)
Avail

"Hotel was nice, big rooms but bed rather hard, dont go jumping into it! I only stayed 2nights so didn't bother me. Hotel in a quiet location but has good access to some attraction Staff were friendly and helpfull"…"

Reviewed on 1 Apr 2018

The Avail
Silp-Pa Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Silp-Pa Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
3 out of 5
1/18 Moo 1 Rotjana Road, T. Pratuchai Phra Nakhon Si Ayuttha, Ayutthaya
Rs2,355
per night
10 May-11 May

Situated in Ayutthaya, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wat Phra Mahathat and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Chao Sam Phraya Museum and Wat Ratchaburana are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (167 reviews)

"We felt History"…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Silp-Pa Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

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