Historic City of Ayutthaya
Historic City of Ayutthaya
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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya Historical Park incorporates over a dozen ancient temple sites.
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  • JamHam
    Olathe, Kansas789 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking Historical Area
    The last time we visited this wonderful site, we were rushing due to a time crunch. This time we planned better and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The grounds are wonderful and the structures unlike anything in America. The history of Ayuttaya, including being an old capitol of Thailand, are well worth exploring. the temples and stupas are beautiful. I suggest anyone visiting Thailand take the short trip from Bangkok and visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Alessio0575
    Monza, Italy176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trip to visit Ayutthaya
    an impressive display of ancient temples an hour away from Bangkok. As the ancient and still the longest lasting capital city of Siam, there are so many temples scattered across the city, i'd say any cross road was showing ancient ruins of what it was supposed to be a golden capitol. The guide of our half-day tour told us about the story until the city was destroyed during the was with neighboring countries. The temples were covered by 25 carat gold, but despite that what is left today gives a clear idea of the majestic times. These buildings are truly amazing. Ayutthaya is a must to be visited by any tourist spending days in Bangkok.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Anco M
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom683 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Trip
    We booked a trip with our hotel that visited Bang Pa-In Palace, Wat Thammikarat and Ayutthaya. A great trip! Ayutthaya ultimately is dominated by the UNESCO heritage ruins. Not entirely our cup of tea, but nevertheless very interesting. We liked the Buddha head grown into a tree. Even better is the temple with the giant sitting Buddha. We also liked the herd of elephants offering rides.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • aricashaw
    United Kingdom347 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptionally brilliant.
    We booked bkktours on a private vehicle fir myself and husband. We were met by the guide, Air. She speaks good English. We had an amazing vehicle, the sort with lots of lights inside, like a discotheque. The driver, Don was very polite. Every time we got back into the vehicle after visiting the temple. He would had out bottles of ice cold water and wet towels. It was luxury service. Air, the guide was totally knowledgeable too. Everything this company planned, from picking us up at hotel to finish was impeccable. I really could not find any fault even if I wanted to. We experience a short cable car ride across a river, we also had a long 40 min long tail boat ride. The highlight was of course the Buddha head stuck on roots of bodhi tree. We saw the enormous stone buddha ( lying down) We also saw the gold sitting buddha indoors. Air, prebooked a lunch venue for us to have lunch by the river. We ended having coffee at one lovely place overlooking the ruins. We had such a great time. I totally recommend bkktours. Be care though, there’s another company with the ‘s’. It was lovely
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Aung Red Devil
    Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Located just 80 kms from Bangkok, the once capital of Thailand is definitely worth a visit! Its ruins will really take you back in time, to a significant moment in the history of Myanmar-Thai kings in the 18th century. You can walk around hundreds of stupas, prangs, and other amazing structures. It is not surprising that Ayutthaya was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 January 2024
  • 20x30
    Luzon, Philippines124 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spend 2 to 3 days if you really want to explore everything!
    Lots and lots of people! I guess it was because I went on high season. Fortunately the weather was not as hot and humid as it normally is in Thailand! Ayutthaya is a large complex. Spend 2 to 3 days if you really want to explore everything!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 January 2024
  • TravelingEle
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient Ayutthaya with Mr Pok
    We had a wonderful half day tour with Mr Pok (+66 81-253-9037), who collected us from our accommodation in an old tuktuk. He took us to four sites and gave us a short history talk before each. With 45 years’ experience as a guide, we were in safe hands.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 January 2024
  • Scott K
    Bel Air, Maryland8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best day we spent while staying in Bangkok.
    Don't miss this incredible Unesco site if you are in bangkok. It is only an hour from bangkok and there are lots of inexpensive bus and private tours to get you there. There are a number of temple sites from Old Siam, the former capital of Thailand. Many are very well preserved.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 February 2024
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Scott K
Bel Air, MD8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Don't miss this incredible Unesco site if you are in bangkok. It is only an hour from bangkok and there are lots of inexpensive bus and private tours to get you there. There are a number of temple sites from Old Siam, the former capital of Thailand. Many are very well preserved.
Written 15 February 2024
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Sightsee12038889897
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A day trip is good but if you are interested in history then maybe it should be a two day trip .A nice place, temples, ruins, green parks, palaces and lots of tourists!
Written 25 January 2024
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TravelingEle
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We had a wonderful half day tour with Mr Pok (+66 81-253-9037), who collected us from our accommodation in an old tuktuk. He took us to four sites and gave us a short history talk before each. With 45 years’ experience as a guide, we were in safe hands.
Written 23 January 2024
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20x30
Luzon, Philippines124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Lots and lots of people! I guess it was because I went on high season. Fortunately the weather was not as hot and humid as it normally is in Thailand!

Ayutthaya is a large complex. Spend 2 to 3 days if you really want to explore everything!
Written 6 January 2024
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Aung Red Devil
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Located just 80 kms from Bangkok, the once capital of Thailand is definitely worth a visit! Its ruins will really take you back in time, to a significant moment in the history of Myanmar-Thai kings in the 18th century. You can walk around hundreds of stupas, prangs, and other amazing structures. It is not surprising that Ayutthaya was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
Written 5 January 2024
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Perry B
Sydney, Australia2,707 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
I returned during last year's Northern Hemisphere summer world tour and was wowed once again by the historic city. The influence of Angkor Wat was felt keenly and our guide was very good at explaining the cross-cultural influences that related the two ancient mega-cities.
Written 3 January 2024
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caddyandbellA
Perth, Australia4,679 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We did both Ayutthaya and Sukhothai parks and I must admit I prefered Sukhothai.We didnt get bikes which was a big mistake as there is a lot of ground to cover to see all the temples.We were exhausted.Every park you were charges another fee to go in yet they were right next door to each other.The map they give you is not to scale and you can easily get lost trying to figure out the map.It gets very hot and every spot we went to was very busy with tourists.It was beautiful but just far too busy for my liking.Markets close by and Elephants rides being given outside the parks
Written 14 December 2023
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Sergio M
Manchester, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Great old city, nice to see the ruins, easy to get in from Bangkok. We spent the day there and was great
Written 13 December 2023
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aricashaw
United Kingdom347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We booked bkktours on a private vehicle fir myself and husband. We were met by the guide, Air. She speaks good English.
We had an amazing vehicle, the sort with lots of lights inside, like a discotheque.
The driver, Don was very polite. Every time we got back into the vehicle after visiting the temple. He would had out bottles of ice cold water and wet towels.
It was luxury service.
Air, the guide was totally knowledgeable too.
Everything this company planned, from picking us up at hotel to finish was impeccable.
I really could not find any fault even if I wanted to.
We experience a short cable car ride across a river, we also had a long 40 min long tail boat ride.
The highlight was of course the Buddha head stuck on roots of bodhi tree.
We saw the enormous stone buddha ( lying down)
We also saw the gold sitting buddha indoors.
Air, prebooked a lunch venue for us to have lunch by the river.
We ended having coffee at one lovely place overlooking the ruins.
We had such a great time.
I totally recommend bkktours. Be care though, there’s another company with the ‘s’.
It was lovely
Written 21 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

bolbec
London133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
As its 5000 reviews indicate, this is one of the great sites and sights of southeast Asia. I greatly enjoyed my day there - and am sharing some practical tips I would have found useful beforehand:
> The main island site is about 3 x 2 km, so although you can walk between adjacent sites, a bike or car or tour is much the best for wider exploration. Quite a few key sites are off the island. Also note the next point:
> The heat! I was accustomed to Bangkok temperatures and humidity in early November, but in Ayutthaya the 33 C temperature was flagged by the weather forecast as feeling like 43 C - and it truly did. Hat, sunglasses, frequent rests are a must.
> Although the morning was hottest, it was most quiet at the sites 8-11am. From then onwards the coaches arrive and the main sites are busy busy by midday. Start early if you can.
> The island is a mix of open spaces, sites and commercial/residential properties. You are never far from a cafe. There are plenty of unticketed minor sites and plenty to see in the evening, so it is worth staying the night if one can.
> Almost no information is available at Ayutthaya about the ancient sites - not even a paper map. The historical research centre and the tourist kiosks we saw were all shut (on a Saturday). It is worth doing your research online or in guidebooks before visiting.
> One's choice of viewing will depend on whether it is ruins, or restored working temples that one wants to see. I had already visited many working temples in Bangkok so my interest was mainly in ruins. My top three ruins are:
>> Wat Ratchaburana - vast stupa that one can climb into via steps. Don't miss the bats!
>> Wat Maha That, adjacent. An impressive complex with the famed buddha head surrounded by roots. Shady car park here (there is plenty of on street and dedicated free parking throughout).
>> Wat Chaiwatthanaram to the SW of the island is massive and impressive.
>> We enjoyed being the only visitors to the smaller (and original museum), the Chantharakasem National Museum. It is an attractive royal palace with lots of buildings, royal furniture, and superb Ayutthaya statues rescued from the ruins of the city. Very tranquil.
>> Minor attractions include St Joseph's Church, an interesting architectural blend, but not much to see except the church itself; Baan Hollanda, the original Dutch settlement, really only for the die-hard VOC fans but with a good exhibition; and Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan, not much to see except a large buddha.
> If driving, one can approach the island from west or east. I would with hindsight approach from the west, stopping at St Joseph's (if of interest) and certainly Wat Chaiwatthanaram en-route.
> If driving back to Bangkok, do stop at the Bang Sai royal folk arts and crafts centre (NB shuts by 4.30). It is largely abandoned, but there is a large display of handicrafts for sale of excellent quality and sensible prices. Nothing is available like it in Bangkok.
Written 4 November 2023
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