The ancient city of Ayutthaya or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, the Thai capital for 417 years, is one of Thailand’s major tourisst attractions.
The place for to visit of Ayutthaya Province the most is ancient temples example Wat kasattrathirat, Wat Phukhao Thong, Wat Na Phra Meru, Wat Thammikarat, Wat Worachettharam, Wat Worapho, Wat Phraram, Wat Barom Phuttharam, Wat Borammawong, Wat Khunsan, Wat Suwandararam, Wat Ayotaya, , grand palaces examples Wang Lang or the Rear Palace, Chantharakasem National Musem or Chantharakasem Palace or Front Palace, Grand Palace and Bang Pa-In Palace.
Ayutthaya is 76 kilometers from Bangkok. It is conveniently accessible due to good roads and a short distance from Bangkok an hour.
The locational of Ayutthaya is plains. There are 3 rivers pass, Chao Phra Ya River, Pa Sak River ( Mae Nam Pa Sak ) and Lopburi River. A wall once encircled the entire island.
How you get to Ayutthaya ?
– Car from Bangkok take highway No.1 (Phahon Yothin), No.304 ( Chaeng Watthana) or highway No.302 (Ngam Wong Wan), hightway No.306 ( Bangkok – Nonthaburi-Phathumthani) or expressway No.9 (Si Rat Expressway).
– Bus there are buses and air-conditioned buses leaveing the Bangkok Mor Chit 2 (Northern Terminal Station ) every 15 minutes daily, starting from 4.30 a.m. – 7.15 a.m.
– Train you can take the both northbound and northeast bound trains. Leaving Bangkok Raiway Station (Hua Lampong) daily, then there are Sam Lor (Three wheels Taxi) can be taken from the railway station into the city.
– Van you can take the van taxi from Bangkok. Leaving from Victory Monument – Ayutthaya, South Terminal Station – Ayutthaya and Future Park Shopping Mall Rangsit station – of Ayutthaya.
– Boat travelling by boat to Ayutthaya is popular for foreigners, because they can see beauty lifestyle of the people on the both sides of Chao Phraya River, and also reflects the life in history at the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom when the river served as a transportation in trading with foreign countries.
Places of Interest :
– Ayutthaya Tourist Center is the tourist information center. It’s the first place that the visitor should to come for get the information and map for traveling. Admission is free.
– Ayutthaya Historical Study Center is a national research institute devoted to study of Ayutthaya. especially during the period when Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand. The c enter is responsible for the museum of the history of Ayutthaya, which exhibits reconstructions from the past. They also supports an information service and a library containing historical materials about Ayutthaya.
– Japanese Village in the late 16 Century, there were more foreign commercial traders coming to Ayutthaya. There were more and more Japanese coming to Ayutthaya ever since. A Japanese headman at that time was Nagamaza Yamada. He was a favourite of King Song Tham and was appointed Okya Senaphimuk before being promoted to be the Ruler of ์ Nakhon Si Thammarat where he lived till the end of his life.
– Wat Borom Phuttharam This temple unlike other temples, the king had all buildings roofed wit yellow glazed tiles and the temple beccame known as ” Wat Krabueng Khlueap ” or the ” glazed tile temple” The construction took 2 years.
– Chao Sam Phraya National Museum the construction of this museum was funded by the proceeds from the sale of votive tablets discovered in the underground crypts of the principal. It was the first museum in the country to present a new form of exhibition, displaying not too many object in an interesting presentation.
– Khum Phaen’s Residence It’s Thai-style house conforms to descriptions in a popular Thai literary work.
– Wihan Phramongkhon Bophit a large bronze cast Buddha image, the building and the image were badly destroyed by fire, the one currently seen was renovated but does not have as beautiful craftsmanship as the previous ones.
– Wang Lang It was originally the royal garden where the king made a visit from time to time.This place was only the residence of royal family members.
– Si Nakharindra Park The park covers a vast stetch of land with plants in Thai literature,, a Thai pavilion and remains of ancient monuments. Part of the area is being developed into a herb garden.
– Chedi Phra Si Suriyothai The momorial for the first heroine in Thai history, this ancient place is of much importance as a proof of houour that ancient Thai society gave to Thai women. Phra Si Suriyothai, clad in a warrior’s suit, interrupted the fighting with the intention to provide assistance for her husband. She rode her elephant in the way of Phrachao Prae, a Burmese commander, and was cut to death by this sword. After the end of the war, Phara Mahachakkraphat arranged a funeral and established the cremation site to be a temple named ” Wat Sopsawan”.