The fascinating former capital of theKingdom of Siam
The historic city of Ayutthaya is located around 80km north of Bangkok and was the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam from 1350 until 1767. The Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an important archaeological site and contains statues, Buddhist Temples, Palaces and Monasteries. They city is also home to the Ayodha Floating Market and the Ayutthaya Boat Musem.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Ayutthaya.
Ayutthaya Historical Park
The Ayutthaya Historical Park is a must-see for lovers of history and archaeology. The park includes a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is filled with stunning temples, ruins., and imposing Buddha statues set within a scenic landscape.
Wat Panan Choeng
Wat Panan Choeng, a Buddhist temple on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, is home to a gigantic golden Buddha statue that is revered throughout the region as a sacred figure for mariners. The effigy is one of the oldest, largest, and most worshiped statues in Thailand, with legends claiming that it wept tears when the Burmese burnt Ayutthaya down in 1767. This temple is still widely in use for religious ceremonies, so take care when visiting to dress appropriately in accordance with Buddhist custom.