Ayuthaya attractions

Top Choice Palace in Ayuthaya

Bang Pa In Palace

Ornate buildings are sprinkled across Bang Pa In Palace's 19-hectare gardens. First established in the 17th century, the palace was revived in the 19th century by kings Rama IV and V, the latter adding most of its E…
Top Choice Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Ratchaburana

The prang (Khmer-style spire) in this large temple complex is one of the best extant versions in the city. There are giant stucco-sculpted Garuda on the corners and many smaller stupas surrounding it. If you aren't …
Top Choice Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Chai Wattanaram

Glorious in the early morning light and also at sunset, this temple is Ayuthaya's most impressive off-island site thanks to its 35m-high Khmer-style central prang (Khmer-style spire) and fine state of preservation. …
Top Choice Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

Visitors to this photogenic ruin 2km southeast of the island can climb stairs up into the crypt of the stunning 60m-tall, bell-shaped chedi (stupa). There you can drop coins into a bucket in hope of good luck and wa…
Top Choice Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

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 royal temple inside palace grounds, and these were the models …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ayuthaya

Wat Tha Ka Rong

With animatronic ghosts, supersized crows and glowing Buddhas, Wat Tha Ka Rong is eerie and playful in equal measure and feels more like a carnival than a Buddhist temple. There are dozens of things to do and buy to…
Buddhist Temple in Ayuthaya

Wat Na Phra Men

Featuring a gorgeous 6m-high Buddha flanked by maroon columns, this active temple was one of the few to escape the wrath of Burma's invading army in 1767; it survived by serving as the army's main base and weapons s…
Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Mahathat

Ayuthaya's most photographed attraction is in these temple grounds: a sandstone Buddha head tangled within a bodhi tree's entwined roots. Founded in 1374, during the reign of King Borom Rachathirat I, Wat Mahathat w…
Buddhist Temple in Ayuthaya

Wat Phutthai Sawan

Atmospheric ruins and lively temple worship can both be experienced at Wat Phutthai Sawan. King U Thong founded this temple in 1353 on the south bank of the Chao Phraya River at the spot where he and his followers l…
Museum in Ayuthaya

Chao Sam Phraya National Museum

The most impressive treasure of Ayuthaya's premier museum is the haul of royal gold (jewellery, utensils, votive tablets, spittoons) unearthed from the crypts of Wat Mahathat and Wat Ratchaburana. Beautifully carved…