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For an interesting day trip away from Bangkok, visit this former Thai capital, a historical park with ruins and magnificent statues.

If you’re after a day trip away from the hustle and bustle of central Bangkok, this historical park featuring ruins and giant statues is the perfect place. Ayutthaya was once the capital of Thailand, and a trip here reveals a lost Siamese kingdom and a hidden world.

At the ruins of Ayutthaya, you can learn all about the fascinating history attached to this area, as well as sampling it first-hand. Visitors can check out the towers of the temples, monasteries and palaces and gaze upon the bronzed statue of Buddha that features prominently at the site. You can also browse for hours in the on-site museum, where your curiosity will be rewarded by the many archaeological finds from the region. The Chao Sam Phraya Museum houses the largest collection of archaeological relics.

Ayutthaya was the second capital of the Kingdom of Siam, and is a hugely historical site, having been founded centuries ago in 1350. The site is often attributed with having and ocean connection, as it was formed in a position where three rivers converge. By the eighteenth century, the character of Ayutthaya had changed completely, with the area becoming a sprawling urban area with increasing socio-economic, religious and political importance. However, the city was to change in character forever later in that century, when a Burmese invasion in 1767 effectively destroyed it. As a consequence, its thousands of residents fled.

When you cross the area today, whether by bike, ferry or tuk-tuk, you’ll notice that once upon a time, the main part of the city was entirely surrounded by a wall, which is still partly intact today, with the Phet Fortress being one part still standing in its original form.

Most of the ruins at this particular site are located in the north-western corner. There are also a number of temples to explore that bring a sense of historical resonance and beauty to the site. Of the temples, the largest is the Wat Phra Si Sanphet, notable for the headless statues of Buddha which feature prominently in its design.

Ayutthaya can be reached either by train, or by booking a day tour. It is well worth considering an overnight stay if you would like to visit Ayutthaya, as it’s located some 90 kilometres from Bangkok. There are numerous guesthouses in the locality, and many offer sunset tuk-tuk tours so you can see the city at night, in all its glory.

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Top hotels in Ayutthaya

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OYO 384 Ban Sabaidee
OYO 384 Ban Sabaidee
3 out of 5
16/7 Moo 5 Wat Toom Sub-District, Ayutthaya
The price is NZ$25 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ayutthaya Historical Park, Wat Phu Khao Thong and Wat Lokayasutha. Wihan Phra Mongkol Bophit ...

3.4/5Good! (14 reviews)

"Nice calm area but Needs maintenance of the property"…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2019

OYO 384 Ban Sabaidee
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sala ayutthaya
4 out of 5
9/2 Moo 4, U-Thong Road, Pratu Chai, Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
The price is NZ$179 per night

Located in the heart of Ayutthaya, this hotel is steps away from Wat Chao Prap and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Chao Sam Phraya Museum and Wihan Phra Mongkol Bophit ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (235 reviews)
Beautiful hotel - Excellent staff

"This hotel has an amazing view on the temple across the river. I could not get a room with a view because the hotel was full but the view from the restaurant is fantastic. Service was excellent. Staff extremely considerate and helping for all our needs. Water pressure in the room is a bit low particularly ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2020

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3 out of 5
99 Moo 9, Baan Kao, Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Situated in Ayutthaya, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chai Watthanaram Temple and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Wat Lokayasutha and Wihan Phra Mongkol Bophit ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"I loved the rooms I stayed in the beach room. Very friendly staff the location was a little far away so a car or motorbike is a must"…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2018

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Top activities in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace
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Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$82
Per adult
Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch
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Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch

84% of travellers recommend
NZ$84
Per adult
Ayutthaya Ruins, Summer Palace & Grand Pearl River Cruise
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Ayutthaya Ruins, Summer Palace & Grand Pearl River Cruise

NZ$100
Per adult
Private Ayutthaya Day Trip with a Local
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Private Ayutthaya Day Trip with a Local

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$527
Per adult
Private Ancient Ayutthaya Food Day Tour by SBK Travel
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Private Ancient Ayutthaya Food Day Tour by SBK Travel

NZ$411
Per adult
Private Tour to Ayutthaya and the Summer Palace
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Private Tour to Ayutthaya and the Summer Palace

NZ$368
Per adult

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