Ayutthaya Historical Park in Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya Historical Park Guide
Ayutthaya Historical Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the city of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Siam from 1350 until it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767. Today, the park is home to numerous ruins and temples that offer a glimpse into the city's rich history and culture.
Ayutthaya is located about 80 km north of Bangkok and can be easily reached by train, bus, or car. The train ride from Bangkok takes about 90 minutes and costs around 20 baht. Buses are also available from the Northern Bus Terminal in Bangkok and cost around 60 baht. If you're driving, take Highway 1 (Phahonyothin Road) to Highway 32 (Asian Highway) and follow the signs to Ayutthaya.
What to See
The park is divided into several zones, each with its own unique attractions. Some of the highlights include:
- Wat Mahathat - This temple is famous for its Buddha head entwined in the roots of a tree.
- Wat Phra Si Sanphet - This temple was once the largest and most important in Ayutthaya.
- Wat Chaiwatthanaram - This temple is known for its impressive Khmer-style prang.
- Bang Pa-In Royal Palace - This palace was built by King Rama V in the late 19th century and features a mix of Thai, Chinese, and European architectural styles.
There are also numerous other temples, ruins, and museums to explore throughout the park.
When to Visit
The best time to visit Ayutthaya is between November and February, when the weather is cool and dry. However, this is also peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds and higher prices. If you don't mind the heat, visiting during the off-season (March to October) can be a good option.