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Ayutthaya Historical Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya’s historic temples are scattered throughout this once magnificent city and along the encircling rivers. Several of the more central ruins Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Na Phra Meru, Wat Thammikarat, Wat Ratburana and Wat Phra Mahathat can be visited on foot. It is possible to add more temples and ruins to travel itineraries by touring the city on a rented bicycle. An ideal combination of modes of transportation for visitors interested in seeing everything would be to hire a bicycle for the central temples and charter a long-tail boat to take a tour of the outlying ruins along the river.

Ayutthaya Historical Park is situated opposite the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum. The main attraction in the historical park is Viharn Phramongkol Bophit which houses one of the largest bronze Buddha images in Thailand.
Represent the splendor and glory of its past, Ayutthaya Historical Park covers the ruins of the old illustrious city of Ayutthaya. The ancient temples and palace were founded by King Ramathibodi I in 1350 when Ayutthaya was served as the Thai capital for 417 years until its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767.

The park was declared a UNESCO World heritage site in 1981 after a serious renovation work by the Fine Art department. Today, this historic city is a home to numerous magnificent structures and ruins concentrated in and around the city island surrounded by Chao Phraya River, Pa Sak River and Lopburi River. Ayutthaya's top attractions include;

Wat Phra Si Sanphet
In Ayuthaya's prime, this was the grandest temple in the city. Located inside the compound of the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Si Sanphet was used as a residential palace, and became a monastery in the reign of King Ramathibodi I. When King Borom Trai Lokanat commanded the construction of new living quarters, this residential palace was transformed into a temple, and the establishment of Wat Phra Si Sanphet. This temple is still one of the most valuable assets of Ayuthaya.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram
One of the most photographed sites in Ayutthaya, Wat Chaiwatthanaram is situated on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. Built in 1630 by King Prasat Thong to honor his mother, this temple was conceived as a replica of the Angkor temple. The unique feature is a huge Prang surrounded by smaller prangs. For visitors, the temple can be reached by a long-tailed boat trip from Chankasem Palace Pier. One way journey to the temple takes an hour and costs approximately 300-400 baht for a round trip.

Getting There:
From Bangkok, visitors can reach the historical city of Ayutthaya via various means of transportation;

By Train
From Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station, the trains departs for Ayutthaya every hour between 4.20 am to 10 pm. The third class fare is cheap for 15 baht one way and takes 1.5 hours to get there. For train time and reservation, visit www.railway.co.th

By Road
Normal buses run every 20 minutes between the Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (Morchit 2) and Ayutthaya's bus terminal in Naresuan Road. The trip takes 2 hours and costs 30 Baht. Air-conditioned buses run the same route every 20 minutes for 47 Baht and take a slightly shorter time to get to Ayutthaya than normal buses.

By Boat
Many foreigners enjoy travelling to Ayutthaya by boat. There are no scheduled or chartered boat services between Bangkok and Ayuthaya but several tour companies operate luxury cruises including a delectable lunch. Contact the cruise operators for details and reservation.