Wat Phra Ram


Wat Phra Ram's tall main prang (Khmer-style spire) isn't in the best condition, but it's definitely worth a visit. The temple was constructed on the cremation site of King U Thong (the Ayuthaya kingdom's first sovereign), perhaps in 1369, though details are unclear. Despite being next to Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the site attracts only a trickle of tourists.

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1. Wat Phra Si Sanphet

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At this captivating ruined temple, three wonderfully intact stupas form one of Ayuthaya's most iconic views. Built beginning in 1448, this was a private…

2. Chao Sam Phraya National Museum

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The most impressive treasure of Ayuthaya's premier museum is the haul of royal gold (jewellery, utensils, votive tablets, spittoons) unearthed from the…

3. Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit

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Next to Wat Phra Si Sanphet, this sanctuary hall houses one of Thailand's largest bronze Buddha images, dating to the 15th century, most likely. Coated in…

4. Old Royal Palace

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The field north of Wat Phra Si Sanphet full of brick foundations, walls and little else was once the royal palace compound of the Ayuthaya kingdom. There…

5. Ayutthaya Tourist Center

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A good first stop in Ayuthaya, the historical exhibitions in the former city hall contextualise the kingdom's history and culture from ancient times to…

6. Wat Thammikarat

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The most prominent features of this ancient and presently active temple is not the large wí·hăhn lŏo·ang (royal assembly hall) but the modest stupa in…

7. Ayutthaya Night Market


Besides a fun selection of food (including some rather uncommon ones, like fried butterfly pea flowers) and crafts sold from thatch-roofed stalls by…

8. Ayuthaya Historical Study Centre

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Though it feels staid compared to enchanting local ruins, this museum features model longboats and temples along with exhibitions on the lives of…