Ayutthaya is 76 kilometers north of Bangkok and boasts numerous magnificent ruins. The ruins indicate that Ayutthaya was one of Southeast Asia’s most prosperous cities in the 17th Century and beyond. Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park, a vast stretch of historical site in the heart of Ayutthaya city, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 13, 1991.
Place to visit in Ayutthaya
Bang Pa-In Palace Bang Pa-in Palace Located in Ban Len Subdistrict Bang Pa-in District Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province Located about 18 kilometers south of Bangkok is an ancient palace from the Ayutthaya period. Bang Pa-In's number one sight is the Bang Pa-In Palace, also known as the Summer Palace. Originally built by Ayutthaya King Prasat Thong in 1632 but abandoned after the sack of Ayutthaya in 1767, the site was partially restored by King Mongkut (Rama IV) in the 1850. Now day the Bang Pa-In Palace still open to the public and visitors to visit the palace.
- Dress Code: As usual, you will need to dress appropriately. No short skirts or tank tops. They don't allow you to use a scarf to cover up. Clothes for rent outside at 50
- Open daily 08:00 – 16:30hrs.
- Entry fee is 100 Bath per person
Wat Chaiwatthanaram Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a Buddhist temple in the city of Ayutthaya Historical Park, Thailand, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, outside Ayutthaya island. It is one of Ayutthaya's best-known temples and a major tourist attraction.
The temple was constructed in 1630 by the king Prasat Thong as the first temple of his reign, as a memorial of his mother's residence in that area. The temple's name literally means the Temple of long reign and glorious era. It was designed in Khom style, which was popular in that time.
- Open daily at 08.30-16.30 hrs.
- Entry fee is 50 Bath per person
Wat Mahathat Wat Mahathat, A large temple that was quite thoroughly ransacked by the Burmese. Several leaning prangs of Ayutthaya are still feebly defying gravity though, and the rows of headless Buddhas are atmospheric. This is also where you can spot the famous tree that has grown around a Buddha head. Best place to take pictures of the head Buddha in the tree.
- Open daily on 08:30 – 16:30 hrs.
- Entry fee 50
Wat Phra Si Sanphet Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the largest temple in Ayutthaya, known for its distinctive row of restored chedis (Thai-style stupas, more rounded appearance) found on many images of the city. Housed within the grounds of the former royal palace, the temple was used only for royal religious ceremonies. It once housed a 16-meter-high Buddha covered with 340 kg of gold, but the Burmese set fire to the statue to melt the gold and destroyed the temple in the process. The royal palace can also be accessed from the same entrance at Wat Phra Si Sanphet, but it only has a few free-standing buildings remaining.
- Open daily on 08:00 – 17:00hrs.
- Entry fee 50 baht
Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit, an impressive building that houses a large bronze cast Buddha image. It was originally enshrined outside the Grand Palace to the east, but it was later transferred to the current location and covered with a Mondop. During the second fall of Ayutthaya, the building and the image were badly destroyed by fire. The building currently seen was renovated but does not have as beautiful craftsmanship as the previous ones.
- Open daily on 08:00 – 17:00 hrs.
- No entry fees
Wat Phanan Choeng Wat Phanan Choeng, built in 1324, some 26 years before the city of Ayutthaya was officially founded, the temple must have been partly connected to early settlements in the area. The large wihan, the highest building within the temple complex, houses an immense gilded 19-meter-high seated Buddha in 1334, This highly revered Buddha statue is called Luang Pho Tho and Sam Pao Kong. The statue is regarded as a guardian for mariners. A small room to the right of the main hall contains a nice collection of Buddha images and the room is painted with many individual unique pictures, in bright color offset with gold.
- Open Daily on 08:30 – 17:00hrs.
- Entry fee 20 Baht
Wat Yai Chaimongkon Wat Yai Chaimongkon, the large pagoda from far away, and some it's ruins appear on well-known photos of temples in Thailand. Constructed in the reign of King U-Thong, the temple features a large reclining Buddha in saffron robes in its own ruined Wiharn and most spectacularly, a huge Chedi swathed in golden cloth set in a courtyard which is lined by Buddha images all wearing saffron robes.
- Open daily on 08:30 – 17:00hrs.
- Entry fee 20 Baht.
Ayothaya floating market Ayothaya floating market has a lot of attraction such as traditional costume, stunning architecture, unique culture and tradition, authentic amusement, folk performance, and the simple lifestyle of Thai people. It is known as tourism hub for both domestic and international tourists to enjoy the pleasant environment and gorgeous scenery in a Thai style. While exploring the market, tourists can savor some tasty and delicious food or shop for souvenirs at various stores, scattering around the market.
- Open daily 09:00 – 20:00hrs.
- No entry fee (Boat tour charge 120 baht)