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Ayutthaya in Central Thailand

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This central Thailand province is home to Ayutthaya - Thailand's former capital and one of the country's leading tourist attractions. Easily accessible from Thailand's current capital (just 86 kilometers north of Bangkok) and rich in historical significance, the ancient city of Ayutthaya (or, more formerly, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya) was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong and remained the country's capital until 1767. During this period 33 kings from a variety of dynasties ruled Thailand from Ayutthaya until it was invaded by the Burmese in 1767. Today's Ayutthaya has been on UNESCO's world heritage list since 1991 and is full of important reminders of the area's former glory. With three rivers and a large canal encircling Ayutthaya, boats (particularly long tail boats) represent an ideal way to access the city's various historical sites. They are also by far the best way to appreciate the province's 2,556 square kilometers of landscapes and views. Being so close to the capital, Ayutthaya can be approached as a day out or an extended visit. Numerous tours are available to the area, most originating in Bangkok.


"Must see" in Ayutthaya

Wat Phananchoeng
This monastery is located just south of Ayutthaya city on the east side of Chao Phraya River. Strangely,... read more

Ayutthaya Historical Park
The Ayutthaya Historical Park was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991. The park covers the... read more

Bang Pa-In Palace
Bang Pa-In Palace comprises a collection of buildings of various ages and various architectural styles... read more

Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Chaiwatthanaram is an imposing monastery located in the west of Ayutthaya on the Chao Phraya River.... read more

Wat Phra Si San Phet
Built in the reign of King Boromtrilokanath, Wat Phra Sri San Phet was the biggest temple in the area... read more

Wat Yai Chaimongkon
Wat Yai Chaimongkon is located near the main Ayutthaya ruins and a short distance from the walls of Ayutthaya.... read more

Wihan Phramongkhon Bophit
Wihan Phramongkhon Bophit contains one of the largest bronze Buddha images found in Thailand and also... read more

Wat Phra Mahathat
Built in 1374 at the start of the Ayutthaya era, Wat Mahathat is an impressive temple ruin originally... read more

Wang Chang Ayutthaya Lae Phaniat
There are more than 100 elephants in Wang Chang Ayutthaya Lae Paniad. Visitors can watch elephant shows,... read more

 
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Tamarind Guesthouse
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Top Restaurants in Ayutthaya

Irashaimase Restaurant
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Address: 210 Rojana Road  Ayutthaya  13000
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"Worth seeing" in Ayutthaya

Wat Phu Khao Thong
Wat Phu Khao Thong is often called "Golden Mount Pagoda" and was built in 1387. The site originally housed... read more

Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre
Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre is funded by the Japanese Government and dedicated to research into... read more

The Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
Chao Sam Phraya National Museum features Thai Fine Arts and Handicraft from the Ayutthaya era. A number... read more

Wat Ratchaburana
Constructed in the 15th century by King Sam Phraya as a memorial for his brothers, Wat Ratchaburana features... read more

Bang Sai Folk Arts & Crafts Fair - January
Held in every year in January Thailand's local industries are highlighted in a display of locally made... read more



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