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.
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.
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.
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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