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0 Best Ayutthaya Attractions Every Tourist Must See

The historic city of Ayutthaya is Thailand’s archaeological gem, boasting numerous magnificent ruins, striking temple sites and ancient statues of great historical and cultural significance. This is an important UNESCO World Heritage site, which in the past was a prosperous ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam (now known as Thailand).

0 Most Popular Attractions in Ayutthaya

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Ayutthaya Attractions FAQs

How far is Ayutthaya from Bangkok?

Ayutthaya is located 76 kilometres north from Bangkok and can be reached in under 2 hours, depending on your chosen transport. Most travellers to Ayutthaya come from Bangkok to get away from the busy city life or enjoy a weekend trip in the former ancient capital.

 

Is there a public transport to Ayutthaya from Bangkok?

Ayutthaya is well connected to Bangkok by various public transport systems.

  • Train – The cheapest and most scenic way to reach Ayutthaya from Bangkok is by train. Trains depart hourly (more or less) from Bangkok’s Hualamphong Train Station and the journey takes about 1.5 hours-2.5 hours one way, depending on the type of service. Delays are to be expected, especially during rush hour.
  • Bus – Buses depart more frequently from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (approximately every 20 minutes). They should take you to Ayutthaya in about 1.5 hours, but due to frequent traffic jams, allow at least 2 hours for this journey. Please be aware that there are no late evening or night buses back to Bangkok.
  • Minibuses – Minibuses operate from both Bangkok and Kanchanaburi. You can get a minibus from MoChit or Rangsit bus stations in Bangkok and from Ayutthaya back to Bangkok, they collect people about 500m from the drop off point. Minibuses or vans from Kanchanaburi can be arranged by guesthouses or any tour operators.
  • Cruise boats – Cruise boats from Bangkok must be booked in advance as there are no scheduled services. Only trips for tourists. It takes a rather long time (at least one whole day) and some of the larger boats offer overnight tours.

 

When is the Best time to visit Ayutthaya?

December to February is the best time when it comes to visiting Ayutthaya, as it has the most comfortable weather (dry and pleasant cooler weather) for sightseeing. The lowest chance of rain is in January and the least humid month is December.

Another busy period is July and August with more crowds exploring outdoors sightseeing in hot temperatures. August has a high chance of rain.

March to June are the hottest months and September-November fall into a rainy and humid period making sightseeing less enjoyable.

 

What’s the Weather like in Ayutthaya?

Winter (December through February)

Weather is dry, cooler and less humid during winter. The average temperature during this season is between 34.9°C and 31.3°C. This is the busiest time for tourism in Ayutthaya.

Spring (March through May)

Spring comes with increased humidity and temperatures. The average temperature range from 37°C to 34.8°C with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is quite common during spring in Thailand.

Summer (June through August)

Summer has comfortable temperatures with quite a lot of rain. Despite the high chance of rain, June through to August is the second busiest season for tourism in Ayutthaya. The average temperature range from 32°C to 24°C.

Autumn (September through November)

Autumn has a lot of rain and humidity but average temperatures stay high, ranging from 33.8°C to 32.7°C. Due to less enjoyable weather, tourism is slower during these months.

 

What are the Must See Attractions in Ayutthaya?

Here are our recommendations for must-see attractions in Ayutthaya.

Ayutthaya Historical Park

This is the ultimate must-see place for any admirers of history and archaeology.  The huge area is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is comprised of 67 stunning temples and ruins.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

This majestic Buddhist temple in Ayutthaya used to be a monastery and a cremation site for members of royal family. It is an eye-catching arrangement of towering chapels attached to secret passageways and painted in colourful illustrations of Buddha’s life.

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

This temple of the Holy, Splendid and Omniscient is a stunning testament to the culture of the Siamese capital over 700 years ago. Only the ruins have remained after the Burmese destruction, but the architecture is breath-taking and worthy of a visit.

Wat Phra Mahthat

Very photogenic spot in Ayutthaya, this temple is comprised of a large stone Buddha head set in a enormous and a deep-rooted tree.

Wat Lokaya Sutha (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

This beautiful restored ruin of a monastery is one of the most impressive sites in the region. The highlight of this ruin is the colossal (42 meters high and 8 meters wide) reclining Buddha statue.

 

How much time do you need while visiting Ayutthaya?

Generally, Ayutthaya is visited on a day trip from Bangkok or a weekend trip.

Keep in mind that one day sightseeing will be intense as most of the tourist attractions in Ayuttaya are quite spread out, and some have rather extensive grounds. Time permitting it is a good idea to stay overnight in Ayutthaya to have a more thorough and relaxing sightseeing itinerary in this historic city.

Package 2 Days 1 Night in Ayutthaya

This unforgettable sightseeing tour from Bangkok is packed with wonderful local experiences in Ayutthaya. You will get to travel by a local train and a tuk-tuk as well as relax on a leisurely river cruise, while taking-in the beautiful scenery and uninterrupted daily life of locals on the riverbanks of rural Thailand. After visiting breath-taking temple ruins, you will have some fun hands-on experience of making traditional candyfloss with a local family.

In one day, you can not see it all, however you can get a good overview of what Ayutthaya has to offer, including few of the best temples and museums. We would recommend you spend the day see Ayutthaya Historical Park and surrounding area. Alternatively, if you prefer to have someone guide you there, book a Private Tour: Ayutthaya Day Trip from Bangkok, or Ayutthaya Temples and Chaos Phraya River Cruise.

 

What Ayutthaya Attractions can you see on a Budget?

Ayutthaya has a lot of sightseeing to offer if you are on a strict budget. The entry to the huge Ayutthaya Historical Park, which is comprised of 67 stunning temples and ruins costs only 20 baht.

A number of other attractions are free including:

 

What transport should I use in Ayutthaya?

Most of the tourist attractions in Ayuttaya are not closely located to each other, so you will need to plan a route to get around the city for your sightseeing. There are two main options: a tuk-tuk (motorized 3-wheeler), or rent a bicycle and explore at your own pace.

There are many amazing itineraries to explore Ayutthaya by tuk-tuk or bicycle. Here are some of our recommended tour options if don’t want the hassle of organizing transport:

 

What sightseeing is available in Ayutthaya’s natural surroundings?

Check our the Elephantstay, which is a not for profit program located at the Royal Elephant Kraal and village. Here you can visit, stay, work or play with Elephants.

Various cruises including Thailand’s rural heartland is another great way to see Ayutthaya’s natural surroundings. Have a look at the Overnight Mekhala River Cruise from Bangkok to Ayutthaya or book the Temples of Ayutthaya by River Cruise tour which includes a trip back to Bangkok by boat.

 

What are the best temples in Ayutthaya?

Numerous magnificent temple ruins in Ayutthaya hold historical and cultural significance, but if you have limited time, here are some of the best temples to see:

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

This is one of the most important temples and a stunning testament to the culture of the Siamese capital over 700 years ago. The ruins architecture is breathtaking, and on the west side of the palace there is the Phra Mongkhon Bophit, one of the largest bronze statues of a sitting Buddha in Thailand.

Wat Ratchaburana

Wat Ratchaburana, which translates to “the temple of Royal Restoration” was built in the 15th Century and is one of the most well preserved ruins in the ancient Siam capital of Ayutthaya. The temple’s main prang is one of the finest in the city.

Wat Mahthat

One of the lost photogenic landmarks in Ayutthaya, this temple has the famous image of a large stone Buddha head surrounded by the tree roots.

Wat Phra Ram

This temple was built on the site where one of Ayutthaya’s former kings was cremated. Wat Phra Ram contains classic Ayutthaya style stupas and the large pond adjacent to the temples provides with a unique photo opportunity capturing the reflection of the beautiful towering prang behind it.

Wat Lokaya Sutha (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

This beautiful restored ruin of a monastery is one of the most impressive sites in the region. The highlight of this ruin is the colossal (42 meters high and 8 meters wide) reclining Buddha statue.

 

What are the best museums in Ayutthaya?

Here are some of the best museums in Ayutthaya:

Baan Hollanda

This is a great place to visit for those who are interested in Thai-Dutch history. The permanent exhibition aims to tell visitors how the Dutch lived, worked and interacted with Siamese society and the court in Ayutthaya.

Chao Sam Phraya Museum

The Chao Sam Phraya National Museum exhibits artifacts discovered during excavation works and restorations of ancient temples in Ayutthaya. The items include antiques, gold artifacts, folk arts and ancient Thai household appliances.

Million Toys Museum

This family friendly museum has a wide-ranging collection of antique & modern toys in a 2-story building with a cafe & garden.

Thai Boat Museum

This small place should be interesting for boat enthusiasts as it has a collection of original Thai boats and ship models.

Chan Kasem National Museum

This former royal palace is used for lovely exhibitions. The Chaturamuk Pavilion exhibits a collection of items the everyday life of King Rama IV. The Phiman Rataya Group shows art objects as Buddha images, votive tablets and wood carvings collected from all over Ayutthaya, The Deputy Government or Maha Thai Bldg displays five themes: “Ayutthaya art and  architecture”, “Trading ceramics of the Ayutthaya Kingdom”, “Ancient weapons”, “Buddhist objects” and the “Riverside life in old city”.

 

What are the best Ayutthaya attractions for families with kids?

The best attractions in Ayutthaya for families with kids are:

  • The Million Toy Museum, which has a wide-ranging collection of antique & modern toys in a 2-story building with a cafe & garden.
  • The Thai Boat Museum that is a small lovely place with beautiful collection of original Thai boats and ship models.
  • The ElephantStay, a lovely interactive activity where the visitors care for retired elephants.

 

Are there any cruises in Ayutthaya?

Taking a cruise is a fantastic and leisurely way to take in the sights along the river, admire the beautiful natural surroundings, and observe daily activities of the people living along the riverbanks. There are many amazing cruises to choose from in Ayutthaya, and you can choose cruises starting from Bangkok or locally, on arrival in Ayutthaya.

Have a look at these interesting and comprehensive tours:

 

What are the best places for shopping in Ayutthaya?

Ayothaya floating market will give you a taste of a local scenery and lifestyle. This market is a modern interpretation of what traditional floating markets looked like back in Ayutthaya’s past. Shop for delicious food, or various handicrafts and souvenirs scattered around this colourful market.

You can include this in your comfortable sightseeing from Bangkok by booking the Private 9 Hour Ayutthaya and Floating Markets Tour.

For something more modern, check out Ayutthaya City Park, a shopping mall with around 400 shops occupying its two zones. The Plaza zone offers lifestyle products, including clothing, leather goods and fashion accessories. The Water zone has a number of fast food restaurants and activities area for live cultural performances.

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