Ayutthaya, located approximately 76 km north of Bangkok, is an ancient capital and modern city in the Central Plains of Thailand. Discover the numerous magnificent ruins with the best Ayutthaya tour from Bangkok.
Ayutthaya became the largest city in the world, but then the Burmese invaded it in 1767 and burnt most of the city down. A modern Thai city is studded with archeological wonders, headless Buddhas and crumbling (but still-beautiful) reliquary towers that you will be able to admire. Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park, a vast stretch of historical site in the heart of Ayutthaya city, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 13, 1991.
Ayutthaya boasts an impressive amount of temples or wats, out of which Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is the largest and was the prototype for the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It’s known for its distinctive row of restored chedis (Thai-style stupas, more rounded appearance) found on many images of the city. Unlike at many other ruins, it’s possible to climb up the stairs for a lofty vantage point.
You will also have the chance to visit Ayutthaya’s most photographed attraction, which is located within the grounds of Wat Maha That: a sandstone Buddha head tangled within a bodhi tree entwined roots. On the other hand, the most impressive off-island site is Wat Chai Wattanaram, not only because of the glorious sight it provides at sunset but also because of its 35m-high Khmer-style central prang and fine state of preservation. Moreover, you will see one of Thailand’s largest bronze Buddha images, dating back to 1538, at Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit’s sanctuary hall.
A trip to Ayutthaya would not be complete without experiencing a river cruise along Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok. But if you feel more adventurous, you can also visit this marvelous city by bike tour.
What else can we say? This Ancient Capital truly is a gem just waiting to be uncovered by you, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover it with this Ayutthaya Tour!