Ayutthaya is a modern city and an ancient Thai capital located 85 km north of Bangkok in the central plains. What’s special about the city is the rich history that is engraved in every part of it. There are various ways to get to the ancient city. Unfortunately, you can’t get there directly by plane, but you can take a flight to Bangkok’s Don Muang airport and take a train to Ayutthaya from the Don Muang Train Station. Trains to Ayutthaya depart from many destinations like Phitsanulok, Surin, Nong Khai, Ubon Ratchathani and Hualamphong Train Station in Bangkok. If you prefer there are buses and minivan available to Ayutthaya from Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
Thailand’s former capital, Ayutthaya is a beautiful ancient city that is perfect for a day trip to further explore the amazing Thai culture and deep history. It was founded in 1350 and was formerly the trading capital of Asia, due to its ideal location between India, the Malay Archipelago, and China. In 1700, Ayutthaya was considered the largest city in the world and in 1991 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s definitely a must-see.
One of the most amazing things about Ayutthaya is the fact that it’s an ancient city that contains so many historic monuments and magnificent temples like you’ve never seen before such as Wat Chaiwatthanaram, which is an ancient Buddhist temple located on the west bank of the river of Chao Phraya. The temple is known for its Chedis or chapels that are attached to secret pathways and filled with beautiful colorful illustrations of the life of Buddha. Surrounding the area, you’ll find 120 Buddha statues making the place more peaceful.
Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon
Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon is maybe not one of the most typical go-to tourist temple sites, but it definitely gives you a more intimate insight on Thai culture and traditions. Inside the temple, you’ll find magnificent statues with amazing molded golden leaves. One of the special things you might notice is the giant statue of a sleeping Buddha, which the locals believe its sole has magical abilities. To be blessed with good luck, the locals even rub coins on the statue’s feet. The temple hosts many festival and celebrations inside its holy grounds.
Ayutthaya Historical Park
Calling all archaeology lovers and historians! The Ayutthaya Historical Park is the place to be. It is located in the zone which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has over 65 beautiful ruins and temples. The view here is unbeatable as you revel upon the greenery, the amazing landscape with some impressive Buddha statues, imparting a more serene and tranquil vibe. Visiting the Ayutthaya Historical Park is one of many ways to explore the once most powerful commerce hub in all of Asia.
Wat Lokaya Sutha
Located in the Pratu Chi sub-district northwest of Ayutthaya and west of the Royal Palace, Wat Lokaya Sutha is an amazing restored ruin of a monastery where intrigued visitors can go and witness the reclining Buddha image that was restored in 1954, as well as explore the ancient and historic remains of its long-standing walls and grounds. A small altar is displayed where visitors can make offerings. There are many cafes overlooking the temple where you can wind down and enjoy a nice beverage.
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