Enjoy the services of a private driver on a day trip to Ayutthaya, the old capital of Thailand. Marvel at the historic temples and ancient palaces.
The perfect day trip to Ayutthaya from Bangkok. Let’s take a look at why you should visit Ayutthaya and how to make the most of your trip while you’re there.
From ancient ruins to national parks to floating markets, here are six day trips worth taking from Bangkok.
Mention Bangkok, and one immediately conjures up images of its expansive malls, extensive outdoor markets and vibrant street food scene. Yet, there’s more to this popular weekend getaway destination; venture beyond the city, and you’ll discover a different side – one that offers noteworthy historical sites, majestic palace and temple ruins and fascinating cultural sites. Here are five of our favourite destinations below – each of which will fit in nicely into a day trip itinerary. Happy exploring!
Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya served as the country’s capital until 1767 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once the most affluent city in Southeast Asia that drew in traders from far-flung locations like the Middle East and Europe, visitors today can revisit the old capital city’s grand history by exploring its sprawling complexes of temple and palace ruins.
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A forum of experts is seeking to educate tourists about preserving the precious Unesco site of Ayutthaya
Due to the high popularity of the period TV series Bupphesanniwat (Love Destiny), scores of Thais dressed in traditional outfits have flocked to heritage sites, especially in Ayutthaya. The trend instils cultural and heritage appreciation in people, but has also led to traffic jams, garbage and other problems. Some tourists litter and damage the historic sites while others have taken home broken bricks as souvenirs.
In pursuit of sustainable tourism in Ayutthaya, a number of academics and officials brainstormed at the Thailand Research Fund’s (TRF) “Ayodhaya 4.0 Towards Sustainable Tourism” seminar held at Ayutthaya Historical Park recently.
Situated 76km north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya, the old Thai capital, is a popular destination for Thai and foreign tourists. It was named a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1991 and attracted more than 2 million visitors in 2016.
Sukanya Baonoed, director of the Ayutthaya Historical Park, said the TV series craze helped raise the number of visitors to the park per day from less than 1,000 to between 5,000-6,000 on weekdays and around 25,000 on Saturdays and Sundays.
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Ayutthaya, a small city not far from Bangkok, is best known for the multitude of temple ruins scattered around its historical centre.
Founded in 1350 as the capital of the Siamese Kingdom, Ayutthaya flourished for more than four centuries, growing into one of the largest cities of the period. Thanks to its strategic location on an island surrounded by three rivers, and with a direct connection to the sea, it became a key centre of commerce and global diplomacy. During it’s heyday, it was a grand and wealthy city full of ornately decorated palaces and temples. In 1767 the city was brutally sacked by the Burmese who burned Ayutthaya to the ground. Following this, the Thai capital moved to Thonburi (in present-day Bangkok), and remained there even after Ayutthaya was retaken from the Burmese, and the regions of Thailand were unified into a single kingdom.
Visiting the Palaces and Temples of Ayutthaya
Extensive ruins of many of the former capital’s palaces and temples remain virtually untouched; the city of Ayutthaya having regrown gradually around them.
The old Thai capital of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most impressive ruined cities in Asia, and a must-see for history buffs visiting Thailand. The Menam, Lopburi, and Pasak rivers ring the island of ruins. Wandering through this once-thriving place will make you feel you’ve stepped back through time. Allow at least two days to see all of Ayutthaya’s attractions, and more if you don’t want to feel rushed. This place is steeped in history and you’ll want to get the full experience while you’re here. Ayutthaya Historical Park is open 8:30 am-4:30 pm daily.
1 Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Wat Phra Si Sanphet is the loveliest but also the most historically important temple in old Ayutthaya. Its three large chedis and numerous smaller ones make this wat one of the most impressive sights in the ruined city.