About 80 kilometers north of Bangkok is the historic city of Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam (ancient Thailand) for over 400 years, making it one of the most important cities in the country. There is something beautiful to see everywhere and it will feel like you have ended up in one large open-air museum.
In this post, you will find our favorite things to do and plenty of tips for your trip to Ayutthaya. We stayed for 2 days in Ayutthaya but 1 day is enough to tour the temples.
How to get there
Where to stay
We stayed at the Niwas Ayutthaya Hotel. From the hotel, it was only a 10-minute walk to Wat Mahathat and Wat Ratchaburana.
The owner speaks English and the gardens are wonderful and relaxing. Bicycles are available for touring the temples.
How to get around
Wat Mahathat is open every day from 8 am – 6.30 pm and the entrance fee is 50 THB. You can get there by tuk-tuk or by bike from Ayutthaya’s city center.
Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit
Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Wat Phra Si Sanphet is open every day from 8 am – 6 pm and the entrance fee is 50 THB. You can get there by tuk-tuk or by bike from Ayutthaya’s city center.
Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon
Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is one of the most important temples in Ayutthaya. Unlike the other ancient sites in Ayutthaya, this is still an active temple where monks reside. Thai people visit Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon to not only pay respects to Buddha but also to pay homage to one of the most respected kings in Thai history, King Naresuan the Great.
You can climb up the chedi for a view of sculpted gardens and dozens of stone Buddhas. There is a 7m-long reclining Buddha near the entrance and the local belief is that if you can get a coin to stick to the Buddha’s feet, good luck will come your way.
Wat Phanan Choeng
Wat Chai Watthanaram
Wat Ratchaburana is open every day from 8 am – 6 pm and the entrance fee is 50 THB. You can get there by tuk-tuk from Ayutthaya’s city center or by bike.