Visit Ayutthaya, Thailand’s tranquil ancient capital.

Ayutthaya, the original Thai capital city, is only 80 kilometers north of Bangkok and a one-hour ride away. It has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. Now, let’s take a look at our Ayutthaya blog — a must-see destination and Thailand’s ancient capital near Bangkok.

The famous Buddha’s head in Bodhi tree roots.
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The Chao Phraya, Lop Buri, and Pasak rivers surround Ayutthaya, where the ruins of the old city have stood for more than 400 years, from the mid-14th century to the second half of the 18th century.

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Ayutthaya prospered over the centuries due to its location at the crossroads of Indian and Chinese trade routes. However, in 1767, the Burmese invaded and destroyed this city.

Thai King decided to relocate the capital to Bangkok after regaining independence.

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Ayutthaya is now just ruins after witnessing numerous historical vicissitudes, but its mysterious, attractive, and superb beauty immerses visitors deeply in holy thoughts and feelings.

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Tourists are always drawn to the unique architectures of ancient Ayutthaya.

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Wat Choeng Thar, Wat Suwandararam, Wat Phra Ram, Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Phutthatsawan, Wat Pra Sri Sanphet, Wat Worachettharam, Wat Lokaya Suttha, Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, and Wat Chaiwatthanaram are among the temples in Ayutthaya.

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Because Ayutthaya’s heritage is spread out over a large area, it is not divided into different administrative areas, but each vestige is managed separately.

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The Royal Palace used to be located at Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the capital’s largest temple. Under the open sky, the only remnants are tall, massive brick columns and walls.

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Surprisingly, the Buddha’s head surrounded by tree roots in Wat Mahathat temple is what visitors remember most vividly. This lovely face provides tourists with a sense of peace and comfort.

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Many people may regard Ayutthaya as unsalvageable ruins. Visitors to the so-called relics site, on the other hand, are likely to realize that there was once a wonder before the devastation of time and humans.

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Additional information

To get to Ayutthaya, you must first leave Bangkok. Here are some transportation options:

You can take a taxi or book a tour to this city at any travel agency or hotel on Khao San Road, Bangkok’s well-known backpacker street.
A train ticket to Ayutthaya can be purchased for about $1 at the Hua Lamphong gas station. It would take you about 2 hours to get to the desired gas station.

Then, for about $18, you can hire a tuk-tuk to take you to this ancient capital city.

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Trains are a popular mode of transportation for tourists visiting Ayuthaya. photo credit: alex darl/Instagram– You can get to Mochit bus station by BTS, tuk-tuks, or taxis and then take a bus to Auytthaya. Every 30 minutes, the bus arrives.

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– From Victory Monument, there are numerous minivans that run every 20 minutes and are ready to take you to Ayutthaya.

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Some of the best day tours, trips, activities, and transfer services, tickets in and out of Bangkok can be found here.

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