Reclining Buddha statue at Temple of Ayutthaya, Angthong Province, Historical Park, Thailand


Ancient temples and artefacts are a testament to the grandeur of this former Siamese Kingdom

Situated at the confluence of the Chao Phraya, Lopburi, and Prasak rivers, the heritage city of Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam from the 14th to 18th centuries.

This UNESCO World Heritage site was once Asia’s finest city with towering chedis and gilded palaces, protected by a 12km-long and 6m-high wall. The city spiralled into decline after it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767. Though in a damaged state, the ancient temple and palace ruins within the archeological park provide a glimpse into the grandeur and history of what was once the most powerful city in Asia.


  • Ayutthaya Historical Park is filled with hundreds of historical and cultural interests including temples, artefacts, and royal palaces
  • Nature and wildlife enthusiasts can visit the nearby Khao Yai National Park, home to a number of protected species indigenous to the country
  • Besides the Historical Park, there are historical landmarks and ruins from Dutch, Japanese, and Portuguese settlements from the 16th century
Within Easy Reach Of...
Ayutthaya can be reached by road, train, and boat.
Bangkok 1hr 20min drive
Sukhothai 4hr 45min drive
Chiang Mai 8hr drive
Travel Tips
  • Travel by boat from Bangkok for a relaxing, scenic journey
  • Visit the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum which displays gold treasures from unearthed ancient temples
  • Enjoy the evening view of the Ayutthaya Historical Park when the temples are lit up

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