10 Things to Do in Ayutthaya That You Shouldn't Miss

December 4, 2017 Carley Gatson

Built just to the east of the spectacular ruins of the capital of the Ayutthaya kingdom, a Siamese power destroyed by Burmese invasion in the 18th century, Ayutthaya is a modern Thai city studded with archeological wonders. Headless Buddhas and crumbling but still-beautiful reliquary towers and wats give evidence of the majesty of the civilization that was once centered here.
Restaurants in Ayutthaya

1. Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Ayutthaya, Thailand +66 35 322 730
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4.5 based on 912 reviews

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Considered one of the most imposing ancient Buddhist monasteries, this religious site was established by King Prasatthong in 1630 A.D. in homage to his mother.

Reviewed By Peter3152 - Auckland, New Zealand

This is an almost Khymer style memorial to the mother of a long forgotten king (Prassart Thong). The site is reasonably well maintained, although many/most Buddha statue are headless of course. Details of particular features such as the Pagodas, statues and temples are well displayed on site and there are good photo opportunities. Spend around 45 minutes there…it is sufficient and worth seeing.

2. Ayutthaya Historical Park

Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand +66 81 900 7442
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Ayutthaya Historical Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya Historical Park incorporates over a dozen ancient temple sites.

Reviewed By L9393NIrobertm - Exeter, New Hampshire

We stopped first at the tourism center which is highly recommended. The staff was extremely helpful and informative. The gave brochures and a map. They marked the sites, gave a little information on each, and showed a walking route. They pointed out the free Wats and those with ad ission, and a combo ticket. However, with that two sites are off the island.
Be advised, the walking distances are further than you might think from the map.
In addition to the buildings this is also a park with lakes.
This is an important site in Thai History. These are impressive ruins. But having visited Ankor Wat they are somewhat under whelming.

3. Ayutthaya Ruins

Ayutthaya, Thailand +66 83 004 0426
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Ayutthaya Ruins

Reviewed By AndreasBeris - Lyon

This would really be a nice place , IF, there weren’t so many straying dogs. They are all over this place and we were even attacked. Be careful if you use bikes they might run you after and even bite ( happened to us and even if you will not find and stats, it happens to others)

4. Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

Pratuchai Subdistrict, Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand +66 35 242 284
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4.5 based on 815 reviews

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

First built in 1448 A.D. during the reign of King Boromtrilokanath, this is the largest temple ruin in Ayutthaya.

Reviewed By tan32016 - Bengaluru, India

Supposedly holiest Wat in the area. Vast and the usual ruins preserved, which gets a bit repetitive after a few Wat visits. Yet, interesting place (couldn't find much info on there though), and you can even shop for some bargain local handicrafts within this!

5. Wat Mahathat

Ayutthaya Historical Park | Pratuchai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand +66 35 242 284
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Wat Mahathat

Reviewed By Vipin A - Lucknow, India

These are ruins of the temples built in 14 th century made of red bricks . Quite sublime with the statues of the Buddha and arches. The USP of the place is Buddha head enshrined in the tree roots . If you need to take your pictures ,you need to sit in front and not stand to show respect .

6. Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon

U-thong Road, Pranakorn Sri Ayutthaya District, Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand +66 35 242 640
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon

Reviewed By Notreallypleased1 - Irrigon, Oregon

One of my favorite drive by! Got some good pictures and friends loved them. Be sure to stop here and take some pictures.

7. Wat Panan Choeng

Moo 2 | Khlong Suan Phlu, Ayutthaya, Thailand 660352438678
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4.5 based on 419 reviews

Wat Panan Choeng

Reviewed By TravelerTrecker - Houston

The temple is just a relatively modern Thai temple (19th century). It houses a very impressive Buddha from the 14th century. Many Thais visit the temple. Some tourists also visit it. Crowded by locals. No entrance fee. It is close to Wat Chai Yai Monkong on the river outside the island.

8. Elephantstay

74/1 Moo 3 | Tumbol Suanpik, Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand +66 80 668 7727
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4.5 based on 268 reviews

Elephantstay

Elephantstay is an elephantastic unique program where you get to live, work and play with elephants, staying in the heart of the Royal Kraal village. Elephantstay is a not for profit program under the Phra Kochabaan Foundation.

Reviewed By Melstar001 - Brisbane, Australia

Being a part of a Thai elephant village it's an amazing experience of culture and elephants and being able to appreciate the skills and experience of spectacular mahouts while you get the opporruniry to look after your own retired elephant. If you actually care about elephants and want to put in real work with them not a scamtuary this is the place for you. My 10th visit says it all.

9. Temple of the Royal Restoration (Wat Ratchaburana)

Pratuchai Phra Nakhon | Tha Wa Su Kri, Ayutthaya, Thailand
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4.5 based on 204 reviews

Temple of the Royal Restoration (Wat Ratchaburana)

Reviewed By ksarman - Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

another temple area closed to the famous bouddha face place this area was less crowded the main tower is open, inside youbll see the rest of paints it s quiet nice

10. Wat Phu Khao Thong (Golden Mount)

Phu Khao Thong Subdistrict, Ayutthaya, Thailand
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4 based on 188 reviews

Wat Phu Khao Thong (Golden Mount)

Reviewed By LSUdad4 - New Orleans, Louisiana

It's undergoing a major restoration as of May 2017 and I don't know about you but seeing something covered in scaffolding detracts a tiny bit. Still, surprisingly large. Looks way different than the ones in Ayutthaya historical park. About a mile outside the island of Ayutthaya.

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