Once upon a time, Ayutthaya was the centre of commerce and one of the leading urban cities of the world. Now, this city in Thailand is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a favoured destination among globetrotters. Ayutthaya holds many ruins that speak the history of the place, and with many other wonders to go around, the city has lots of things in store.

1. Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet was build as a centrepiece to the Palace by the king and was supposed to be the grandest temple 7 centuries ago. It was ravaged when the Burmese invaded and now only the ruins remain.

2. Wat Phra Mahathat

Wat Phra MahathatAnkita Ghosh

This temple gained fame for the Buddha head entwined within the roots of a banyan tree. But there is more to this place than just the head in the roots. There are many prangs, lots more crumbling statues of Buddha, and wondrous ruins.

3. Wat Ratchaburana

This temple was built by Chao Sa Phraya as a memorial to his father and two brothers. The crypts were looted a few decades ago but most were recovered and one can see most of what is left as they descend down into the crypt.

4. Wat Chaiwattaranaram

Wat ChaiwattaranaramAnkita Ghosh

Arguably one of the most photogenic places in Ayutthaya, Wat Chaiwattaranaram is a large central chedi with pagodas all around. You can climb up to the top and get an eyeful of the beautiful cityscape. All the chedis here are part of an intricate network of secret passageways, and there are 120 statues of sitting Buddhas adorning the place.

5. Wat Lokaya Sutha

Wat Lokaya SuthaWat Lokaya Sutha via Simon5591

To the Northwest of Ayutthaya lies the ruins of a monastery called as Wat Lokaya Sutha. This spot is famous for the gigantic reclining Buddha, rising to an impressive 42 meters in height and eight meters in width. This is a must-visit spot when in Ayutthaya. There are lots of ancient ruins to be explored, and the reclining Buddha is worth the visit.

6. Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon

Wat Yai Chai Mang KhonWat Yai Chai Mang Khon via Louis PERPERE

This place isn’t frequented a lot by visitors, so you might get a relatively calm trip here. Here, you will find another face of Ayutthaya’s historical ruins and rows upon rows of Buddhas. There is also another giant sleeping Buddha whose sole is believed to have magical properties.

7. Ayutthaya to Bangkok by Boat

The waterways around Thailand bustles with cruises and boat trips, and is a popular mode of travel. Experience your own river journey by riding out on a boat cruise along the Chao Phraya river, from Ayutthaya to Bangkok. Along the way, sit back and enjoy the sites adorning the river bank.

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8. Visit the Golden Buddha

On the east bank of Chao Phraya River stands Wat Panan Choeng, which houses the Golden Buddha. The statue stands at 19 meters and is 14 metres wide, and is regarded as the deity of mariners. The Golden Buddha is one of the largest and oldest worshiped statues in Thailand, so this is one place to jot down in your bucket list.

Pro Tip: Since the temple is still actively used for religious ceremonies, ensure you are dressed appropriately when visiting.

9. Tour The Bang Pa-In Palace

Bang Pa-In Palace, also known as the Summer Palace, was the residence of Thai monarchy. The palace is still used by the royals as a retreat house and holiday rest home. The architecture of the Palace blends Chinese with Russian and traditional Thai designs. Visitors can climb the lookout tower to get a panoramic view of the city.

10. Viharn Phra Mongkhonbophit

This magnificent structure is a restored ruin that houses another impressive Golden Buddha. The name of the temple means “Buddha of the Holy and Supremely Auspicious Reverence”, and through the years has undergone quite a lot of restorations. The temple once stood as a sanctuary for people during the Siamese – Burmese war. The Burmese were so taken with the beauty of the temple, they left without hurting the structure in any way.

11. Historical Remnants at Chao Sam Phraya National Museum

Chao Sam Phraya National MuseumAnkita Ghosh

The Chai Sam Phraya museum is a good place to learn the history of the place and view the jewellery and artefacts that were saved from Burmese invasion. There are some impressive items on display here, like the stone Buddha heads and recently discovered gold items.

12. The Paintings of Wat Suwan Dararam

Where the River Pasak and Chao Phraya River meet stands Wat Suwan Dararam, a temple famous for the numerous paintings. The popular one is that of a battle involving King Naresuan as he battles the Burmese, sitting atop an elephant. The main Buddha figure here is a copy of the Emerald Buddha, the original of which can be found in Bangkok.

13. Wander at the Foreign Quarters

In its heydays, Ayutthaya was a commerce hub and saw many visitors from all over the globe touching port. Visit the Foreign Quarters and you will see the touch of Dutch, British, French, and Portuguese. There are also a number of Catholic churches in the area that are worth visiting.

14. Enjoy a Roti Sai Mai

A delicious dessert whose origins can be traced back to the visiting Portuguese who came to Ayutthaya. One of the things they introduced the city to was eggs and over the years, Roti Sai Mai took form and is now a favourite of the people. There are many street stalls that sell this delicacy, so make sure you have one when you visit.

15. Stroll Through Chai Phrom Market

Chai Phrom MarketAnkita Ghosh

Unlike other markets in Thailand, Chai Phrom market is unique in that it never closes for the day. You will find it a hub of activity at any hour, so head over here to look through some of the local produce as well as electrical and household goods. Since it is a local market, the prices aren’t too exorbitant and it won’t be as crowded as other touristy places.

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