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Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
About Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

The charm of ancient city of Ayutthaya Thailand continues to gain tourists’ attention as a historic attraction. Not only the old moments but also the new things that shine.

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya has 16 districts which are Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Nakhon Luang, Phachi, Ban Phraek, Bang Sai (บางซ้าย), Bang Sai (บางไทร), Lat Bua Luang, Bang Ban, Mana Rat, Bang Pahan, Sena, Uthai, Bang Pa-in, Phak Hai, Tha Ruea, and Wang Noi. The province is only 76 kilometers away from Bangkok. This makes it easy to take a one-day trip for those who have limited time for a visit.

When it comes to historical buildings, Ayutthaya travel is well known for temples and palaces. But in addition to that, a variety of food is also another magnet. You can find fresh river prawns, fish, noodle, and even the never-miss dessert like cotton candy wrap. So remember to plan your eating trip whenever you visit Ayutthaya.

How to go

There are first class and second class air-conditioned buses provided by The Transport Co., Ltd available daily from 4:30 am – 7:30 pm. The buses depart every 20 minutes from Mor Chit terminal in Kampangphet 2 road in Bangkok.  Contact Bangkok Transport terminal at tel. 0 2936 2852-66 and Ayutthaya transport terminal at tel. 0 3533 5304 or The Transport Co., Ltd hotline 1490 or www.transport.co.th.

Easier way to book your bus ride via online book provided by the Transport company’s website www.busticket.in.th or www.thaiticketmajor.com as well as www.thairoute.com.

Another fun way to visit Ayutthaya is by taking a north or northeast bound. Get a bit more nostalgic by taking a steam train trip from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is also fun but that needs some more work. The steam trains are available 3 times a year; 26 March – the establishment anniversary of the State Railway of Thailand, 23 October – the Memorial Day for King Chulalongkorn who established train service in Thailand, and 5 December which is King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday.

Contact the state railway at tel. 0 220 4334, 1690, , Ayutthaya railway station tel. 0 3524 1521 or www.railway.co.th.

You can also book a ticket online (e-TSRT) at https://www.thairailwayticket.com/eTSRT/.

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Wat Phra Si Sanphet

In 1491, Wat Phra Si Sanphet was located inside the compound of the Grand Palace-the foundations of which are still visible-and served as the royal chapel, as Wat Phra Kaeo does in Bangkok. This Wang Lung Palace (Royal Palace) was built by King U-Thong upon the founding of the city. Used as a residential palace, it became a monastery in the reign of King Ramathibodi I. When King Borom Trai Lokanat commanded the construction of new living quarters, this residential palace was transformed into a temple,and the establishment of Wat Phra Si Sanphet. In Ayutthaya's heyday, this was the largest temple in the city. The three main chedis which have been restored contain the ashes of three Ayutthaya kings. The temple is situated at the northern end of Si Sanphet Road. The royal chapel does not have any monks and novice inhabitants. Admission fee is 20 bahts.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit

This chapel is located to the south of Wat Phra Si Sanphet. A large bronze seated Buddha image (Phra Mongkhon Bophit) was originally enshrined outside the Grand Palace to the east. It could be dated to the 15th century and was originally intended to stand in the open air. Later, King Songtham commanded it to be transferred to the west, where it is currently enshrined and covered with a Mondop.

Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit