Ayutthaya Historical Park Travel Guide

Ayutthaya Historical Park Travel Guide

Ayutthaya is ancient capital of Siamese founded in 1350 by King Uthong which is one of Asia’s greatest civilizations cities until Burmese destroyed in the 18th century. Just only one hour drive from Bangkok, make Ayutthaya be easy day trip from Bangkok.

Ayutthaya Historical Park still remains history-rich temple ruins and Thai monasteries palaces that will give you the chance to experience the great heights human creativity can reach, and the destruction humans can cause. Nowadays Ayutthaya, rewarded UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Thailand’s top-ranking heritage destinations.

Beside from Spectacular temple and palace tours, you can take a boat trip across Chao Phraya River or bike tour or even exploring the fascinating backstreets on foot in the local culture and enjoy taking photo.

Where to Visit

In Ayutthaya historical site, there are a lot of places to visit; unfortunately, it’s not possible to visit all of them in one short trip. So, below is highlight place you shouldn’t miss.

Bang Pa-In Palace

Bang Pa-In Palace built in around the 17th century to serve as a summer palace of to of Ayutthaya kings. it was later revived in the 19th century by Kings Rama IV and V, the latter of whom added most of its European styling.  Bang Pa-In is a large and scenic complex by the Chao Phraya River

Inside the complex, each building features different architectural style, such as the Chinese style mansion Wehart Chamrun while some parts of the complex are also very European such as the neo-classical marble statues. on the bridge connecting the outer court and middle court. On the other side, Aisawan Tippaya Asna Pavilion set in the middle of the lake features traditional Thai style. Bang Pa-In Palace is a great stop on the way to Ayutthaya.

Hours: 8:00AM-4:00PM daily



Wat Chai Mongkol’s Reclining Buddha statue 

A temple is not far from the ruined walls of Ayutthaya. An impressively large Reclining Buddha statue lies in the temple grounds. The temple was built in the 1357 in the reign of King U Thong, the first ruler of Ayutthaya. A large chedi was built in 1592 to celebrate King Naresuan’s single-handed defeat of the then Burmese crown prince in a duel on elephants. Though it was ruined largely, you still can get the feeling how fabulous this temple could be a few hundred years ago.

Hours: 8:00AM-4:00PM daily


Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat, built in Early Ayutthaya, is located almost right in the center of Ayutthaya. It is the royal temple and most scared in Ayutthaya during the glorious time. The walls of Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya was decorated bowl fragments still are to see right now.

a large complex containing the trail of a monastery greatly damaged by the Burmese. You will probably see rows of headless Buddha statues and crumbling temple foundations. Despite of the past destroy, Wat Mahathat still look incredible majestic and history-rich.

Highlights of Wat Mahathat include Buddha head protruding from the ground, entwined with the roots of the Bodhi tree. The head is highly revered and visitors who want to take a photograph with it are not allowed to be higher than the head.

Hours: 8:00AM-4:00PM daily


Wat Phra Si San Phet

Wat Phra Si San Phet is the biggest temple in Ayutthaya and is one of its most popular attractions. The three bell-shaped chedis of Wat Phra Si Sanphet have practically become a symbol of Ayutthaya. Wat Phra Si Sanphet was inside the compound of the Grand Palace in 1491. It served as the royal chapel, as Wat Phra Kaeo does in Bangkok. Today, There are a few remaining pavilions but most of its buildings have been burned.  However, the foundations are still visible.

Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM daily

wat srisanphet

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