Attractions

Top Choice Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Ratchaburana

The prang in this sprawling temple complex is one of the best extant versions in the city, with detailed carvings of lotus flowers and mythical creatures; it's surrounded by another four stupas. If you aren't afraid…
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; unlike at many other ruins, it's possible to clamber up the stairs for a lofty vantage point (and epic sel…
Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ayuthaya

Wat Phanan Choeng

This lively temple, believed to date to 1324, is a fascinating place to observe merit-making ceremonies, which unfold beneath the gaze of the 19m-high Phra Phanan Choeng Buddha. This enormous statue, a guardian for …
Top Choice Historic Site in Ayuthaya

Ayuthaya Historical Park

Until its destruction by the Burmese in 1767, Ayuthaya was the seat of one of ancient Thailand's most powerful kingdoms. Today, the former capital's ruins form this park, one of Thailand's must-see destinations.The …
Top Choice Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Chai Wattanaram

Glorious at sunset, this temple is Ayuthaya's most impressive off-island site thanks to its 35m-high Khmer-style central prang and fine state of preservation. Relief panels are heavily eroded, but you can make out c…
Top Choice Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

Visitors to this photogenic ruin can climb stairs up the bell-shaped chedi for a view of sculpted gardens and dozens of stone Buddhas. There's a 7m-long reclining Buddha near the entrance and the local belief is tha…
Top Choice Museum in Ayuthaya

Baan Hollanda

The bright and beautifully curated 'Dutch House' features an excellent exhibition of Thai-Dutch history alongside the excavated foundations of centuries-old Dutch buildings. The Dutch East India Company (VOC) arrive…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ayuthaya

Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit

Next to Wat Phra Si Sanphet, this sanctuary hall houses one of Thailand's largest bronze Buddha images, dating to 1538. Coated in gold, the 12.5m-high figure (17m with the base) was badly damaged by a lightning-indu…
Buddhist Temple in Ayuthaya

Wat Na Phra Men

Housing a gorgeous 6m-high Buddha flanked by maroon columns, this 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 storehouse…