Things to do in Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya is one of the provinces in the Chao Phraya delta. The city is 75 kilometres north of Bangkok. With its strategic location on a marine trade route and the fertile land for agricultural production, Ayutthaya had been the capital of Siam (former name of Thailand) for 417 years with 33 kings from five dynasties.
On a small island south of Ayutthaya is a special Buddhist temple that looks like a Europen style church, unique for Thailand. Not many tourists get to see this peaceful and quiet place.
A ride on a private long-tailed boat that allows you to experience local life along part of the famous Chao Phraya river between Bang Pa In and Ayutthaya.
Wat Phanan Choeng is best known for its seated Buddha image, it almost reaches the top of the chapel with its height of 19 meters, one of the most revered Buddha images in Thailand.
Wat Mahathat is one of the most significant temples in Ayutthaya. Tourists from around the world come here to see the head of a sandstone Buddha image entwined in the roots of a Bodhi tree.
Wat Phra Si Sanphet is a very impressive site that was once the royal temple of the Grand Palace when Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam.
The main attraction of Wat Lokayasutharam in Ayutthaya is the impressive 42 meter long reclining Buddha resting his head on a lotus.
Wat Chai Wattanaram on the bank of Chao Phaya river is one of the most photogenic temple ruins in Ayutthaya, with architectural style influenced by the Angkor temple complex in Cambodia.