The magical town Ayutthaya
Almost two hours away from Bangkok, a little province in Thailand which was once capital in 1350 and the city served a major trading port until the 18th century. Surrounded by three rivers connecting the city to the sea the city was grew in wealth and population.
This place is well known for it’s surreal Buddhist head tucked into tree roots. According to the signage at the temple in the 16000s the head was a part of a sandstone Buddha statue that fell from the main body to the ground. They say, that overtime the roots of a nearby Bodhi tree covered the head as we know it today.
Wat Phra Si Sanphet
When the Royal Monastery served from 1350 to 1448, the temple occupies expansive grounds inside the walls of the now collapsed Royal Palace. The placed is based at the Historical park on Naresuan Road and definitely a visit worth.
Opening hours : 07 am – 06 pm
Wat Yai Chaimongkol
One of the best-preserved ancient royal monasteries. The temple is famous for its large reclining Buddha and a 62-metre inverted pagoda built to commemorate King Naresuan’s victory over the Burmese.
Wat Chai Wattanaram
The principal prang, symbolises the centre of the universe, while the surrounding chedis depict the four continents and the outer universe. Each corner includes two huge Buddha images set inside a wooden frame. The structure and his architectural style was influenced of the late Ayutthaya Period.
Opening hours : 09 am – 5 pm
How to get to Ayutthaya
If you want to explore Ayutthaya on your own you can take the train from Bangkok Railway at 06:40am to Ayutthaya for 15 thb. You will see lot’s of locals selling Thai food like Baked bananas or sweet sticky rice in banana leafs and your journey will be a real local adventure.
Another option is to take a Minivan from the mo chit station from 08:30am till 10:30am for 90 thb if you pay at the Bus station counter. If you arrive in Ayutthaya you can easily rent a bicycle to explore the Town on your own as the temple areas are very close to each other.
Stay a night
I’ve checked some really good places to stay for you if you decide to stay a little longer in this magical village.
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1301 Hostel Ayutthaya
Baan Thai House Ayutthaya