Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Ayuthaya

Ayuthaya Historical Park

Ancient ruins, the vibe of rural Thailand, tasty food, good-value accommodation – and all of it only 70km from Bangkok: Ayuthaya is the easiest and most worthwhile escape from the Big Mango. The riverside city serve…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ayuthaya

Wat Phanan Choeng

A bevy of popular merit-making ceremonies makes this a hectic temple on weekends. The signature attraction is the 19m-high Phra Phanan Choeng Buddha, which was created in 1324 and sits inside a soaring wí·hǎhn (open…
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. The 12.5m-high figure (17m with the base) was badly damaged by a lightning-induced fire around 1700, and again …
Top Choice Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

This ruined temple's three magnificent stupas are one of the iconic images of Ayuthaya. Built in the late 15th century, Wat Phra Si Sanphet was a royal temple inside palace grounds, and these were the models for Ban…
Top Choice Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

King U Thong founded this temple in 1357 to house monks returning from ordination in Sri Lanka and in 1592 King Naresuan built its fantastic bell-shaped chedi after a victory over the Burmese. The landscaped gardens…
Top Choice Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Ratchaburana

The prang in this temple is one of the best extant versions in the city, with detailed carvings of lotus and mythical creatures. You can climb inside the prang to visit the brightly painted crypt, if you aren't afra…
Top Choice Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Chai Wattanaram

This is the most impressive off-island site thanks to its 35m-high Khmer-style central prang and overall good condition. It was built by King Prasat Thong beginning in 1630 (and taking around 20 years) to honour his…
Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Kudi Dao

Though it's not yet near Indiana Jones levels, forest is slowly reclaiming this attractive ruin. The massive main stupa has collapsed, but several buildings still stand. It's northeast of the train station, well bey…
Buddhist Temple in Ayuthaya

Wat Suwandararam

Although there was a temple here in the Ayuthaya era, the present buildings are from the current reign, with the bóht built by King Rama I and the adjacent wí·hǎhn by King Rama IV. Both have fascinating murals insid…
Museum in Ayuthaya

Baan Hollanda

This informative exhibition, built next to excavated foundations of some original trading-post buildings, chronicles Thai-Dutch relations from the time the Dutch East India Company (VOC) arrived in Ayuthaya in 1604 …