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Places to visit in Ayutthaya

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What to see in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is a little piece of Thailand history at 1 hour 30 from Bangkok. It is one of the destinations where there is the most interesting temples to visit. In center town (Ayutthaya Historical Park) and the periphery. Don't miss Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon a little outside from the center.
I also listed at the end of the page some good tours, excursions and activities that you can do in Ayutthaya or from Ayutthaya. Click here to see them.

Must-visits in Ayutthaya

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Wat Phra Si Sanphet

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My opinion :
the most visited temple in Ayuthaya, three chedis perfectly preserved make this wat very unique.
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Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

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My opinion :
perfectly restored, a very beautiful temple with two large Buddhas on each side of the big chedi and a reclyning Buddha a little further. Around the main building a square with buddhas statues. It is better to visit it early in the morning around 8:30-9:00, there are very few visitors and you will practically have the temple for you alone.
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Wat Phanan Choeng

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My opinion :
Temple on the outskirts of the city, it has a huge golden Buddha sitting
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Wat Mahathat

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My opinion :
very ruined especially interesting for its Buddha head trapped in the roots of a tree
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Wat Mongkhon Bophit

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My opinion :
close to the Wat Phra Si Sanphet, it houses a huge bronze Buddha.
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Wat Chai Wattanaram

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My opinion :
Khmer-style temple outside the city. It can be accessed by longtail (boat) from the Chankasem Palace Pier.
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Wat Lokaya Sutha

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My opinion :
and its reclining Buddha
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Ayutthaya Weekend Nigh Market

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My opinion :
This night market offers a very nice decor and a pleasant atmosphere. It is held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in the heart of the city near the most famous historical temples of Ayutthaya. This is particularly a place that I recommend for dinner and discover the local cuisine.
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Wat Phra Ngam

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My opinion :
This small temple is very rarely mentioned in guide books but its ''Gate of Time'', a ruined arch in the roots of a tree, is probably one of the most photogenic places n Ayutthaya. I let you judge by looking at my pictures and decide if you want to go or not.
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Wat Niwet Thammaprawat

วัดนิเวศธรรมประวัติราชวรวิหาร
My opinion :
This temple located in Bang Pa In 25 kilometers in the South from Ayutthaya is unique and surprising for two reasons: it is a Buddhist temple with a neo-Gothic church architecture and the way to access it is not common.
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Tours in Ayutthaya and around

This selection includes tours, excursions and activities that I have personally tested or were tested by people I fully trust but also offers by recognized agencies or websites known for their seriousness and quality but from who I only have tested one or two of their offers (I then indicate (ad) below the photo). Feel free to give me feedback on these services to ensure that they are good quality otherwise I may remove it from the list.

Visit Ayutthaya's Ancient Ruins & Stunning Palace Ayutthaya
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Visit Ayutthaya's Ancient Ruins & Stunning Palace


Explore the old temples in Ayutthaya Historicla Park and go visit Bang-Pa-In Palace with a variety of beautiful architectural styles and a church-inspired Buddhist temple. Then, let's enjoy afternoon shopping and relax at a local market !

Visit Ayutthaya Historical Park & Ayothaya Market Ayutthaya
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Visit Ayutthaya Historical Park & Ayothaya Market


This tour of Ayutthaya lets you explore the UNESCO-listed temples and palaces at Ayutthaya Historical Park which are all significant to Ayutthaya's history. Then, you will enjoy afternoon shopping and relaxing at Ayothaya Market.

Visit Ayutthaya & Ang Thong: Two Ancient Cities in One Day  Ayutthaya
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Visit Ayutthaya & Ang Thong: Two Ancient Cities in One Day


You will see the main ancien temples in Ayutthaya historical park and the biggest Buddha image in Thailand in Ang Thong.

Explore Ayutthaya with a History Teacher Ayutthaya
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Explore Ayutthaya with a History Teacher


Join the trip with me for exploring Ayutthaya both the Glory and their way of life which relates to the water, the temple and the wood house through the woven carp center, the historical study center, 3 old temples and taking the boat to survey the city.

Ayutthaya from Bangkok: Temple, Private Boat & Local Lunch Ayutthaya
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Ayutthaya from Bangkok: Temple, Private Boat & Local Lunch


From Bangkok to Ayutthaya, we will show you around this famous ancient city and get you to experience Thai culture and the local people.

Ayutthaya Day Trip: Thai Traditional String Candy Making & Exploring Temples Ayutthaya
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Ayutthaya Day Trip: Thai Traditional String Candy Making & Exploring Temples


Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, unique Wat Niwet Thammaprawat Temple, local market and Thai traditional string candy making

Ayutthaya from Bangkok: Historical Park & Authentic Thai Lunch Ayutthaya
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Ayutthaya from Bangkok: Historical Park & Authentic Thai Lunch


Are you looking for an easy day trip to squeeze into your Bangkok itinerary? Then be sure to check out Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is an hour drive from the capital. It is often described as a photographer's dream destination.

Experience Ayutthaya: Temples, Floating Market & Make Boat Noodles Ayutthaya
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Experience Ayutthaya: Temples, Floating Market & Make Boat Noodles


In this trip, I will take you to visit the six main Thai temples in the past! Now, they are the major tourist attractions in Thailand. You will be comfortable along the ride in my 7 seater car! Join me, and you'll have the trip of your life!

Ayutthaya from Bangkok: Temples, Big Buddha & Home-Cooked Tom Yum Kung at Shrimp Farm Ayutthaya
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Ayutthaya from Bangkok: Temples, Big Buddha & Home-Cooked Tom Yum Kung at Shrimp Farm


Discover the top temples in Ayutthaya and experience the real life of Thai shrimp farmers in rural Suphan Buri. Find smiles of sincerity and try catching some shrimps yourself. I'll cook homemade Tom Yum Kung (spicy shrimp soup) and more for you.

See the Biggest Buddha in Thailand and Ayutthaya and Taste Classic Thai Food Ayutthaya
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See the Biggest Buddha in Thailand and Ayutthaya and Taste Classic Thai Food


Enjoy a trip through history in Ayutthaya, a former capital of the Kingdom of Siam and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Ang Thong, a small old city with Thailand's biggest Buddha. We'll have classic Thai food (with tasty twists) at one of the best restaurants in Ang Thong.

Roam Bang Pa-in Royal Palace, Gaze at the Great Buddha and Taste Local Lunch Ayutthaya
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Roam Bang Pa-in Royal Palace, Gaze at the Great Buddha and Taste Local Lunch


Travel to Ayutthaya to see the Bang Pa-in Royal Palace, which is a beautiful Summer Palace. We'll then visit Ang Thong and be amazed by the biggest Buddha statue in Thailand, Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin at Wat Muang. Cultural heritage aside, we'll get to taste local food at one of Ang Thong's best restaurants.

Tours from Ayutthaya

Visit the Largest Buddha Sculpture and Enjoy Cooking at Local Shrimp Farm Ayutthaya
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Visit the Largest Buddha Sculpture and Enjoy Cooking at Local Shrimp Farm


Learn how do shrimp farm and enjoy cooking class with fresh shrimp and fish menus. Take the paddle boat to see local life and Lotus farm. Moreover, you will have a chance to pray the largest Buddha sculpture in the world.

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Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market

This small floating market on the immediate outskirts of Bangkok is open on weekends only and is a nice place to visit to discover the life on the canals of the Thai capital city. Collective or...


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Wat Lan Khuat

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