The ancient capital of Ayutthaya offers historic sights that are truly special. Ayutthaya has been the capital for over 400 years, the former Thailand . In Ayutthaya, located about a two-hour drive from Bangkok, you can clearly see the influences of the past because you will see beautiful temples and Buddha statues everywhere.
The city and Thailand were often attacked by Burma in the eighteenth century and the fighting, with the help of, among others, elephants, took place here. So in other words you will find impressive ruins and temples in Ayutthaya.
Places of interest in Ayutthaya
Wat Phra Mahathat [/ caption]
We recommend that you rent a bicycle to discover the historic center. Renting bicycles is cheap and pleasant. You can choose from many temples and maybe it is useful to skip a few. One of the most beautiful temple complex in Ayutthaya is Wat Phra Mahathat.
These temples were built in 1384 and although the Burmese have completely destroyed the main pagoda, the remains of the complex are still impressive. Characteristic is the Buddha head that grows here along the roots of a large tree. Next to this temple complex, which can be found in the centrally located park, is the Wat Ratchaburana. In this large temple are still a number of beautiful bronze Buddha statues and golden objects belonging to two young deceased princes.
In the north of the city is Wat Chaiwatthanaram, a large temple complex that you should definitely see. This complex contains a number of beautiful temples and the green grass and the location on the Chao Phraya River complete this picture.
The Wat Phra Si Sanphet is also one of our favorites. Here you see three large stupas, which yields one of the most photogenic temples in Ayutthaya. In the southwest of the city is the Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, where you see a large reclining Buddha statue and a large temple surrounded by Buddha statues. Also don’t skip Wat Phanan Choeng, where you mainly see many locals who are praying.
Doing in Ayutthaya
You visit Ayutthaya to view temples and ruins. There is not much more to do in and around the city. Anyone who needs more context at the impressive temples will visit the Historical study center where you can see and read more about the ancient city. In the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum you learn more about the golden age of Ayutthaya. Buddha statues, beautiful golden objects and many other treasures are exhibited here.
If you want something different than temples you can visit the Ayutthaya City Park. This is a large shopping center where you can buy clothing and electronics, among other things. You can also find the necessary restaurants here.
The floating market has been newly constructed and there is nothing authentic to name. You better skip this tourist place unless you are looking for Thai food and souvenirs.
Transportation within Ayutthaya
The most beautiful temples of Ayutthaya are quite scattered throughout the city. Fortunately it is not a big city. The distances are too large to cover on foot, but you can easily cover the distances on the bike. By exploring the city on your own while cycling, you can set the pace yourself and have the freedom to go wherever you want. If you prefer not to cycle, you can rent a scooter, but we recommend that you simply take the bike. Many accommodations offer bicycle rental and otherwise there are plenty of landlords in the city where you can go. In addition, you can of course also take a tuktuk. You can book single trips, or rent a tuk-tuk for around 200 baht per hour that will wait for you when you view the temples. Keep in mind that it can get pretty hot in Ayutthaya, so go early.
Elephant rides – has a downside!
Unfortunately you see many tourists in Ayutthaya who make rides on elephants. Do not cooperate with this. The elephants are trained (or brutally abused) to become so tame that they want to carry tourists on their backs. Also during the rides they are still decorated with iron points to determine the direction.