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Considered one of the most imposing ancient Buddhist monasteries, this religious site was established by King Prasatthong in 1630 A.D. in homage to his mother.
Ayutthaya, Thailand
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All reviews the river west bank setting sun central prang cambodian style wat chai impressive temple late afternoon tuk tuk huge area last stop well worth the visit ayutthaya ruins boat trip historical park walk around old city
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Vast size and number of ruins, this is a must see and is a UNESCO heritage site. There is an entrance fee but well worth it.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wat Chaiwatthanaram lays outside the old city and you need a trike or a taxi to visit. It’s a big complex who looks still authentic. It’s just a beautiful one and it’s a must see when you are in Ayutthaya. It has a lot of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This Khmer style temple was built along the bank of Chao Phraya River in 1630 by King Prasang Thong in honor of his mother. It was destroyed and looted by Burmese soldiers and later thieves. Many headless buddha heads along the wall. The central prang...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As suggested, we waited until near sunset to visit and it was well worth it. The sunset behind the prang increased the sense of decaying beauty. After the sun went down artificial lights came on which nicely emphasized the structures without being harsh.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are so happy that we kept the best until last on our visit to Ayutthaya. This place is fascinating and really the enjoyed the experience. Do the rest first and leave this one until last it is really worth it.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As I'm local thai, I go to Ayuthaya very often but everytime I have to find time to visit this place. This is the most must visit place in Ayutthaya as it was the important temple in Ayutthaya era.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 451wachirap
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is very similar to wat yai chai mongkhon, either of the one would do. I felt this one has more open are and good of photography and has many statues that are retouched, it might seem a bit new and well painted. But if...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a large and pretty complete temple and is the best in Ayuthaya in my opinion. It's great for sunset, I was told sunrise too but not sure it's open at that time, other temples seem to open at 8am. It's a must see...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Northerener100
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This temple compound is so historic and grand, you can feel the majesty and so do the Thai - they show up in historic costumes to pray and have photo shoots.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank celia m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

More removed from those inside the ancient city’s boundary rivers, this site sits commanding a view onto the river. The layout is more spacious and seems to offer a sense of scale the others don’t. Restoration is more evident with one stupa shrouded by scaffolding....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Robert K
8 November 2018|
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Response from rkarkera | Reviewed this property |
Yes, same rules everywhere. So better to have spare cloths ready if you have to be on shorts.
21 August 2018|
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Response from badgermc | Reviewed this property |
Probably around 2-3hrs, you can dress up with some stalls outside which a lot of people do. It’s suppose to be really stunning at night time so maybe go late afternoon and see the place lit up.
17 September 2015|
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Response from CaiBingbing | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I'm a local. There are 2 ways I can think of right now. 1. Take train from Bangkok Railway Station (Hualampong). About 2 hours of travelling. It's the easiest way for foreigners since the railway station is not hard to... More