Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

The Ayutthaya period is considered one of the most glorious eras of Thai history. Read more

At the present, Chandrakasem Palace has been transformed into a national museum displaying antiques and historical objects found from Ayudhya period. The place used to be the front palace and the rersidence of the King’s son, the crown prince of Ayudhya Kingdom. Read more

Inside the palace, there are numerous beautiful and interesting attractions. Read more

Chao Sam Praya National Museum houses various archaeological objects and antiques discovered in Ayudhya province. These objects, including ancient treasures from Ratburana Temple, Mahatat Temple, and Sri Suriyothai Chedi, are invaluable in terms of historical and cultural importance for historians and archaeologists alike. Read more

This is one of the most important temples of Ayutthaya. The highest pagoda of Ayutthaya Temple is the tallest in the province. This is a very popular attraction that both Thai and foreign tourists love to visit especially at weekends. Read more

This is a very old temple constructed in the early Ayutthaya period along the route of King Naresuan’s army. Because of the shallow waterways, the army could move all year long. Read more

Apart from being the location where the Buddha’s relics are enshrined, Wat Pramahatad is also the place where statues of the Kattukam and Rammatep kings are kept. This is an ancient temple with a delicate structure. It has been maintained by the Ayudhya Kings and the Rattanakosin reign. Read more

Wat Pramahatad Woramahaviharn is one of the most important royal temples in the south of Thailand. This temple was built during the reign of Tam Porn Ling Kingdom with the Srivichai architecture style. Read more

Though the name is not too familiar, Wat Sa Tue of Ta Rua district is very well-known among locals of Ayudhya province. The giant reclining Buddha image of the temple is held sacred and often grants the wishes of those faithful Buddhists who come to pray. Read more

After the second fall of Ayutthaya, most of the temples and palaces were destroyed. However, Nag Phra Men Temple was the only one not burnt down because it was located close to the royal palace around which the Burmese army billeted. The temple was built in 1504, the era of Somdet Phra Ramathibodi II. King Rama III ordered its reconstruction including the chapel. Read more

Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal Pavilion can be found in the Ayutthaya historical park. In the past wild elephants would be trained here to become war or transport animals. Read more

Chao Ram Cave is significant both for historical and environmental aspects. A stone inscription of King Ramkhamhaeng The Great is found here. The Sila Buddha image is currently housed at Wat Thung Saliam at Thung Saliam district. Read more

Ayutthaya has a reputation of being the Venice of the east. Rivers and canals cover areas resembling a spider's web. While the royal institute uses barges for ceremonies and Royal Barges’ processions, many other people also use boats for commuting. Read more

This temple was originally named Wat Suer and considered the temple of the second king from the Ayudhya Kingdom. King Mongkut had this temple restored and changed its name to Wat Saena-sanaram. This temple perfectly reflects the art of King Mongkut’s reign. Read more

Wat Tammikarat is a royal temple surrounded by many large pillars. It is one of the biggest royal temples of the Ayudhya Kingdom. Despite some damage, it still shows traces of embellishment. Originally, it was the enshrinement of Luang Por Tammikarat – the villagers called him Luang Por Kae (old) since he had an old face. One of the biggest Buddha images made by U-thong artisans is today preserved in the Jao Sampraya National Museum. Read more

Wat Panomyong is the ancient temple of the Panomyong family. The politician Preedee Panomyong built a house here. This temple was built during the Ayudhya reign and was later abandoned. It was restored during the reign of King Rama V. Read more

This temple was built during the Ayudhya Kingdom by King Oo-Thong. Wat Puttaisawan is one of the oldest temples surviving from this time. It is one of the five main stupas of the Ayudhya Kingdom. Read more

The layout of the temple boundary of Wat Ratchaburana and Wat Mahathat is nearly alike. Wat Ratchaburana , however, is in better condition. Numerous golden Royal Regalia can be found inside its prang crypt. Read more

SACICT covers a large area on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. There are also other interesting places such as Pla palace, Suan Nok (bird garden). An event is held by the SACICT at the Chao Phraya River annually during Loy Krathong festival, which is very popular. Read more

Ayutthaya

The Ayutthaya period is considered one of the most glorious eras of Thai history. In 1976 the ruins of the magnificent city became the national heritage called Ayutthaya Historical Park for later generations of Thai people to admire. In 1991, UNESCO announced the city of Ayutthaya as a World Heritage Site.

The realm lasted for 417 years, with 33 kings from five dynasties; Ou-Thong, Supanapoom, Sukothai, Prasatthong, and Baanpluluang. It is the longest-lasting capital in Thai history with King Ou-Thong as the first king of the era.

There are thousands of historical sites in the province of Ayutthaya which covers an area of 1,810 Rai. Therefore, traveling in this old capital requires time and determination. In the past, tourists usually came to visit only places near the centre of the city like Wat Praseesanpet, whose importance is equivalent to Sukothai’s Wat Mahatat or Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaew. Also, the ancient royal palace that contained important thrones of Wihansomdet, Sunpetprasaat, and Suriyat-Amarin was also a nearby attraction that drew many tourists. Another interesting spot was the exotic sandstone Buddha’s head covered with intertwining roots. Lastly, Wat Ratburana, which was built by King Baromarajadiraj the Second (Chao Sam Praya), was a famous temple of the Ayutthaya period where the Oath of Allegiance Ceremony was assumed to have taking place.

After finishing the city island, tourists then crossed the river to the eastern side of the island where the old capital is believed to be located. Situated there is Wat Yai Chaimongkol with its prominent chedi and Wat Panancherng with the oldest statue of Buddha in a Manwichai posture “Luang Poh Tau”. The statue is believed to have been cast twenty years prior to the establishment of the Ayutthaya kingdom.

At present, many of the ancient temples are now open for visitors. They incorporate Wat Samanagotharam, Wat Gudidao, Wat Jakkrawat, Wat Ayothaya, and Wat Dusitaram. The unique architecture of these temples includes huge bell-shaped chedi decorated with lotus-shaped stucco.

On the northern side, the chedi of Wat Mae Nang Pluem is surrounded with beautifully carved stucco lions. Wat Naapramane is an ancient temple in the most perfect condition with an exquisite principle Buddha image.

The last spot is the western side of the island. Wat Puttaisawan is a temple built by King Ou-Thong as a temporary palace before the establishment of the Ayutthaya kingdom. Not far from it, Wat Chaiwattanaram is situated near the river bank with its reflection bearing a resemblance to the great Angkor Wat of Cambodia.