The ancient city of Ayutthaya has long been a favourite tourist attraction in Thailand.
Founded in 1350 CE during the reign of King Ramathibodi I, the now UNESCO listed World Heritage Site has a long history of kingdoms, capitals, trading, and fire. On the 7th April 1767 an army from the Konabaung Dynasty, Burma, entered and destroyed the ancient Siamese capital Ayutthaya. These archaeological ruins are surrounded by the Chao Phraya, Lop Buri, and Pasak rivers, on the Central Plains north of Bangkok.
Unlike other areas of Thailand, English is not a widely spoken language. It is recommended that you bring with you a language guide, or know at least a little Thai to get you by. As with all foreign countries, learning the local language shows your interest in the local culture, and that you are making an effort whilst visiting.
Where to go…
Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre
Where: Rojana Rd (Rotchana Rd)
What: Museum about the history of Ayutthaya
How much: Adults 100 baht, Children 50 baht
Where: Soi Kan Rua
What: Museum about the Dutch settlement
How much: 50 baht
Chantharakasem National Museum
Where: U-Thong Road
When: Wednesday to Sunday 0900-1600
What: Former residence of King Naresuan the Great, built in 1577
How much: 100 baht
Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
What: Houses some of the last remaining treasures from Ayutthaya
How much: 150 baht
What to do…
If you are keen to visit this magnificent Southeast Asian city, there are a large variety of things to do and places to stay on and off the island. You can join cultural activities such as cooking, fishing and agriculture, attend local events, or travel around Ayutthaya via bike, cruise, kayak or trek. There are many tours available to and around this area as well.
Chao Phrom Market (Currently Closed)
Where: next to the Pasak River on U-Thong Road
What: authentic local marketplace
Why: food, shopping deals, authenticity
Where: 74/1 Moo 3 Tumbol Suanpik, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
What: live-in non-for-profit program supporting elephants
Why: make a difference to the local elephant population
Featured Image: Wat Chaiwatthanaram – Wikimedia