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Ayutthaya Historical Park - Ayutthaya Historical City, which traces it's roots to the 14th century, today hosts a gamut of invaluable ruins and artworks. It's immense historic treasure makes it the object of perpetual attraction among history buffs.
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Ayutthaya Historical ParkAyutthaya Historical Park, part of the UNESCO cultural sites list, served as the Thai capital for 417 years. The historic city, which came into existence in the 14th century, today shelters many graceful ruins and artworks. Thirty-three monarchs of different dynasties governed from Ayutthaya, bedecking it's buildings with a gamut of architectural styles.

Synopsis

Country Thailand
Location 80 kilometers south of Capital Bangkok
Accessibility Easily through Bangkok
Accommodation Easily available
Dining Good variety


Tour Attractions

Ayutthaya is counted among the most important historical places in Thailand. Main attractions of the treasure trove of history lovers are as follows:

Old Palace

Located near the northern section of the city wall, the palace was constructed by King U-Thong in 1350. King Borom Trailokanath later turned the palace into a monastery. Later rulers built several worthy halls, extending the palace.

Chantarakasem Palace

King Rama IV of Bangkok put the palace in use as a summer retreat. Today, one of it's buildings displays a small but interesting collection of historical relics found in the place.

Bang Pa-in Summer Palace

The palace was once used by the Ayutthaya royal court as a summer retreat, but it's fortune declined after the fall of Ayutthaya. The credit of restoring the palace goes to King Rama IV, who used it for stay in summer season. The structures here follow a variety of architecture styles.

Phom Phet (Diamond Fort)

The Diamond Fort is the only fort in Ayutthaya which has survived the wear and tear of time. The fort, also called Phom Phet Pairote, is situated in Bangkaja, which is the confluence Chao Phraya and Pasak rivers.

St. Joseph's Church

It is where Catholic Christians worshipped uninterruptedly over hundreds of years in Thailand. The place brings the religious tolerance of the Siamese kings to the fore. The present church was built in bricks and mortar in the European style in the later part of the 17th century. However, the original church was built in wood.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

The temple is acclaimed for it's three bell-shaped chedis, which symbolise Ayuthaya. Counted among the grandest temples in the prime of the kingdom, the temple is still one of the most prized assets of Ayutthaya.

Wat Phra Ram

Erected in 1369, the temple is famous for it's chedis and the towering prang. Although in ruins today, the remaining stucco work provides testimony to the rich work done on the monument.

Wat Phanan Choeng

On the confluence of the Chao Phraya and Pasak rivers is Wat Phanan Choeng, one of the most vibrant and oldest temples in Ayuthhaya.

Wat Phu Khao Thong (Golden Mount)


The white chedi of Wat Phu Khao Thong sits in the sprawling plain of rice fields interspersed with ponds. Chedi is now restored and a huge idol of King Nateusan put on a marble base.

Wat Chai Wattanaram

One of the most absorbing of the monuments of the old Ayutthaya, it was constructed by King Prasat Tong in 1629. August Buddha images line the inner wall of the courtyard of the structure.

Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit

It hosts a huge Buddha image, harking back tto he 15th century. The image was restored many times and is highly regarded by the Buddhist visitors.

Wat Phra Mahathat

One of the most ancient temples in Ayuthaya, it is said to be built by King Boromaraja in the 14th century. It's central prang once climbed to the height of stupefying 165 feet. Testimonials of the original stucco works can still be seen on some chedis.

Climate

Hot March to Mid-June
Rainy June to October
Cool November to February

How To Reach

International visitors can reach Ayutthaya through Bangkok. Various means of reaching Ayutthaya from Bangkok are as follows:

By Train

All trains bound for north and north-east region stop at Ayutthaya. The train journey is fast and comfortable.

By Road

Air-conditioned and normal buses operate regularly between Bangkok and Ayutthaya. From Kanchanaburi, one can board a bus for Suphanburi. Then take another bus for Ayutthaya.

By Boat

Boats too ferry between Bangkok and Ayutthaya. It is advisable to book in advance.

Accommodation & Dining

All type of accommodation is easily available. Food shops and restaurants serve visitors in Ayutthaya city. Mainly Thai and Vietnamese cuisine is available. Global cuisine can be enjoyed in select restaurants