Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (พระนครศรีอยุธยา) is a city, located approximately 2-2.5 hours from Bangkok by car, due the traffic. Usually, it’s jam when holiday. Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya or Ayutthaya City, also known as Ayutthaya Kingdom or Siam is the capital city of Ayutthaya Province in Thailand. Located at the valley of the Chao Phraya River. Ayutthaya become the second Siamese Capital after Sukhothai.
The Ayutthaya Historical park is the ruins of the former capital of the kingdom of Siam, which is the site of sacked and destruction of the Ayutthaya City. Its art and building recognized internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Our Thai friends help us to rent a car to go to Ayutthaya. From the morning 07:00 to 18:00 o’clock, it cost THB 3000 (include gazoline and driver). We just need to give tip for the driver service. The driver was very nice, and he help us a lot to visit some site in Ayutthaya.
If you want to visit all site in Ayutthaya, then I suggest you stay in Ayutthaya for 1 / 2 nights and you can roaming by rent a bike. The site located near each other which make easy to visit.
There are many attraction place to visit at Ayutthaya: – Bang Pa-In Royal Palace – Wat Phra MahaThat – Wat Chaiwattanarm – Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon – Elephant Camp – Wat Ratchaburana / Temple of the Royal Restoration – Wat Phu Khao Thong (Golden Mount) – Wat Panan Choeng – Wat Phra Si Sanphet – Wiharn Phra Mongkol Bophit – Wat Na Phramen – Wat Phuttai Sawan – Chao Sam Phraya National Museum – Ayutthaya Floating Market and many many more.
We didn’t visit most of those attraction place, because we have to go back to Bangkok in the afternoon. This is where I visited:
Bang Pa-In Royal Palace พระราชวังบางปะอิน
Bang Pa-In Royal Palace (พระราชวังบางปะอิน) also known as Summer Palace, is a palace complex formerly used by the Thai Kings. The palace located on the Chao Phraya River bank in Bang Pa-In District, Ayutthaya Province.
The palace remains largely open to visitors, as King and his family use it only rarely for banquet and special occasions. Museum Hours are from 08:00 to 16:00. You have to dress up politely to enter this palace (no shorts and sleeveless clothes).
This is the first place that I visited when I arrived at Ayutthaya. It took 2 hours to walk entire area and took some photos. The ticket price is 100 Baht for tourists and free for Thai residents. They will give you a brochure of history and map.
For those who like architecture and building, should be like to come here.
Wat Panan Choeng วัดพนัญเชิงวรวิหาร
Wat Phanan Choeng (วัดพนัญเชิงวรวิหาร) is a Buddhist temple in the city of Ayutthaya and a part of Ayutthaya Historical Park.
At first, this place is not included in our itinery. My Thai Friends didn’t mention about this place. But Mr Driver told us, that we have to visit here. Just go inside and you will see why Mr Driver wants us to be here.
There’s a big gold Buddha sit statue. And when we come there, a lot of people come here to pray. We come to Thailand, at Queen’s Birthday holiday, so there’s a long weekend in there. And most people spend their holiday by come to temple to pray.
Unfortunately, I can’t take picture of the statue, because when I came there, there’s a pray ceremony. I only watch them.
Wat Phra Si Sanphet วัดพระศรีศรรเพชญ์
Wat Phra Si Sanphet (วัดพระศรีศรรเพชญ์) is situated on the city island in Ayutthaya’s World Heritage park in Pratu Chai sub-district. It has been registered as a national historic site by the Fine Arts Department since 5 March 1935. This monastery was the most important temple of Ayutthaya and situated within the Royal Palace grounds. It served as a model for the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok.
This is the 2nd place where we visit in Ayutthaya. The ruins is beautiful. The ticket price is 50 THB for tourists, open from 8:30 to 17:00.
Wiharn Phra Mongkol Bophit
This large wiharn is built in typical Thai temple style and contains Phra Mongkhon Bophit, one of the most important Buddha images in Thailand and a highlight for Buddhists visiting Ayutthaya. The massive bronze seated Buddha is 12.45 metres high, not including the base, and sits 9.55 metres across at the lap. It marks what was the official cremation ground for the Thai royal family from 1612 to 1767.
Today, the wiharn is a great place to see Thai Buddhism in practice — a steady stream of visitors offer incense, candles and flowers to the image while asking the Buddha for guidance and for wishes to be granted. Afterwards, the local custom is to shake out a numbered stick from a jar and read the accompanying fortune to see if those wishes will come true.
Wiharn Mongkol Bophit is the 3rd place where I visited in Ayutthaya. This place located right next Wat Phra Si Sanphet. Open daily from 08:00 to 17:00, and it’s free.
You have to took of your shoes if you want to enter.
Wat Phra Mahathat วัดมหาธาตุ
Wat Phra Mahathat (วัดมหาธาตุ) or the “Monastery of the Great Relic” is located on the city island in the central part of Ayutthaya in Tha Wasukri sub-district. The temple is situated on the corner of the present Chikun Road and Naresuan Road.
The ruins is beautiful, and Buddha Head is the highlight of this area. So many people took photo of it. I came here after lunch, and the weather is so hot. But it’s fun. Many tourists come to this place, and I think this place is the most popular among other. This place quiet large, so prepare yourself 1 to 2 hours to walk around.
Wat Phra Mahathat is the last temple which we visit at Ayutthaya. After that, we go to Ayutthaya Floating Market. Actually, it’s not really floating market, because we can reach the store on foot. The store located in the side of large pond and there’s over 200 shops in there.
You can buy some souvenir in here, with cheap price. Just use your skill to bargain. The people is nice and kind. Spend 2-3 hours to walk around, but if you like to shopping, spend more time in here. Don’t forget to bargain. If you haven’t try Ayutthaya snack, you can find it in here.
Ayutthaya Floating Market is the last object that we visited at Ayutthaya. Time run fast. It’s already 16:00 o’clock. We decided to go back to Bangkok. The journey back took faster than when we go. At 17:45 we have already arrived at Hotel. We pay the driver, and don’t forget to give the tip for him.