About Ayutthaya Historical Park

Ayutthaya was once the capital of Thailand but is now more popularly known as the Ayutthaya Historical Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was first founded in 1351 and ruled by kings until 1767. There are many wonderful temples in Ayutthaya, some dating back to 1354. The Wat Phra Si Sanphet is the grandest and holiest of them all. You will easily recognize it by its three towers with pointed peaks. Wander the monastery built in 1357 with its stupas, chedis, chambers, and hall. In the Wat Phanan Cheong, worshipers are covered by orange fabric draped directly from the Buddha statue’s shoulders to receive their blessings. Perhaps the most-photographed oddity in the Ayutthaya Historical Park is the Buddha head lodged between the roots of a tree just outside the Wat Mahathat. His body sits on a platform within the brick walls.

Must See

  • Wat Phra Ram
  • Wat Phra Si Sanphet
  • Wat Mahathat
  • Wat Ratchaburana – the Royal Palace
  • Wiharn Phra Mongkol Bophit
  • Wang Luang
  • Wang Na
  • Wang Lang

How to reach

By train:

There are trains every hour or so from Hualamphong station. It is a journey of 71.8 km that is covered in 1 hour 18 minutes and costs between 260-950 THB.

By bus:

There are also buses that travel from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, leaving from the Northern Bus Terminal at Mo Chit. It is a journey of 67.1 km that is covered in 1 hour 30 minutes and costs between 50-80 THB.

Tips

  • If you’re going to be cycling around the temples, it’s best to get an early start. The sun can be intense and unforgiving during the day, so you’ll want to do as much as you can in the morning and take a break to escape the midday heat.
  • Be sure to bring a hat, some sunscreen, and plenty of water if you choose to explore Ayutthaya Historical Park on two wheels since it is quite warm.
  • Even though most of the temples are in ruins, you still need to dress appropriately to visit these religious temples. Wear long pants or skirts, and shirts that cover your shoulders.
  • Remove your shoes when entering active temples.
  • There are a few places in the city that rent bikes out for about $10 to 14 a day. You’ll be able to cover more ground on a motorbike, but you’ll also have to deal with the often chaotic Thai traffic. This option is best for more experienced riders.
  • Carry water to keep yourself hydrated.

Visit Time

Sunday:           8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday:          8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday:         8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday:    8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday:        8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday:             8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday:         8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Entrance Fee

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Time you can spend

2 to 3 hours

 

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Weather

Clear Sky 31.07°C

 

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