The city of Ayutthaya is located just 85 kilometers to the north of Bangkok and is famous for its ancient temples. Ayutthaya also features a modern city that is packed with amenities such as bars, shops, restaurants and plenty of accommodation options. While many people visit Ayutthaya on a day trip from Bangkok, people who take the time to spend a couple of days here will soon discover that there is plenty to see and do.
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park is a prominent UNESCO World Heritage Site that was opened back in 1991. This area contains a large number of slow crumbling temples, palaces and other important historical buildings, many of which date back to the 17th century. Some of the most popular attractions here include Wat Phra Si Samphet, Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit, and headless Buddha statues at Wat Phra Mahathat, Wat Ratchaburana and Phra Chedi Suriyothai.
People who want to learn more about the history of Ayutthaya can visit the area’s interesting and informative museums. The Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre is situated on Rojana Road and presents the history and culture of Thailand, while the Chantharakasem National Museum was once the residence of King Naresuan the Great and was built in 1577. Chao Sam Phraya National Museum contains a number of Ayutthaya’s historical treasures while Baan Hollanda was presented to King Bhumibol by Queen Beatrix of Netherlands and serves as an information center.
A large number of interesting attractions can also be found just outside of the main city walls. Ayutthaya gained much of its power through trading with other nations, and several international settlements and temples can be found here. Climbing to the top of Wat Chaiwatthanaram provides visitors with stunning views of the surrounding area, and Wat Phanan Choeng is a working monastery that can be found two kilometers to the south of Ayutthaya and is notable for its ancient cast bronze Buddha image known as Phra Chao Phanan Choeng.