Ayutthaya is located in the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District. Just over one hours drive from Bangkok. Depending where you start from in Bangkok & the traffic in Bangkok. Anyone who’s been to Bangkok will know what I mean.(check picture on the right, that’s not even rush hour in Bangkok) Travelling by train is much easier & very cheap, around 11 baht each way.
A little history of Ayutthaya
It was founded in 1350 & was the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai & originally Thailand’s capital city. Until it was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century.
Places To See
Wat Maha That
wat Maha That is located in the Ayutthaya Historical Park. This is the place to see the Buddha’s head tree. But all around are some fantastic ruins. It can get rather busy around the tree. Making it not easy to take photo’s, but be patient & you will eventually get the picture you want.
Wat Lokayasutharam is situated at Pratoochai District, behind the Ancient Palace , in the area 0f Wat Worapoh (Wat Rakhang) and Wat Worachettharam.
Here you will find the reclining Buddha , called Phra Bhuddhasaiyart, which faces to the east.
There are other remains of temples behind the reclining Buddha, but I didn’t see anything much worth seeing.
According to some Thais. They have tried to rebuild over this reclining Budhha, but everytime it got destroyed. (how true I have no idea ? Any Thai’s out there who may help ? please leave a comment below).
One of Ayutthaya’s most impressive temples, Wat Chaiwatthanaram was a Royal temple & used by the king & royal family. It was built in 1630 by King Prasat Thong. Wat Chaiwatthanaram is very impressive & must see when visiting Ayutthaya.
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet
Is the temple of the Buddha Si Sanphet. It was the most important temple in the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Being part of the Royal Palace, it was used by Ayutthaya Kings & never had monks living there.
Ayothaya Floating Market
A great market for walking & eating. Food is very cheap & very delicious ! My Favourite has always been Pad Thai & depending on the area in Thailand it can taste so different. I can say with out doubt this was one of the best I have eaten. There isn’t only food, but nearly anything you want at reasonable prices. We never took the boat, only walked around under the shade. I’m not a great lover of these sort of places, but have to say I had a enjoyable 4 hours walking, looking & eating & with the added bonus of seeing the elephants there.
We Stayed At Krungsri River Hotel
The Krungsri River Hotel ( http://krungsririver.com/ ) was good value for money when we stayed in September. It over looks the Pa Sak river. The view from our room was amazing. (picture on the right)
The hotel backed onto the Pa Sak river, with seating areas all around to chill out watching the boats go by. The swimming pool was a little cool as it’s shaded by the hotel. Not good to jump straight in ! But we did have it to ourselves every time we went to it.
We only had breakfast here, as the plan was to be out all day sight seeing. The choice of food & drink & quality of food whilst we where there was very high.
I will be staying here again probably later this year.
We used one of the many tuk tuk drivers outside the hotel, with the wife been Thai we got a good price.
It’s the only place I’ve been where they go fishing in a group on one moped ! Ha Ha
I found it a very spiritual place. Even though it’s a lot of temples & palaces with some in ruins. It’s still a very interesting place to visit.
Even the school children came & practiced there English on me. They were very good, a lot better Than my Thai !
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