Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya is one of the provinces in the Chao Phraya delta. The city is 75 kilometers 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.
If you would like to see a special religious ceremony, Wat Phanan Choeng is the place. People from all over Thailand come here for the ceremony to offer monk robes in front of the impressive large sitting Buddha.
Wat Mahathat is one of the most famous ruins in Ayutthaya where travellers come to see the iconic “Buddha head in tree roots”.
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.
Wat Lokayasutharam has a huge outdoor Reclining Buddha that is the prototype for the reclining Buddha in Wat Pho, Bangkok.
Wat Chai Wattanaram on the bank of Chao Phaya river is Ayutthaya’s most beautiful and impressive ruin, with architectural style influenced by Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.