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Ayuthaya,  Thailand - flag Thailand -  Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
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Ayuthaya - a lot of Wats to see!

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Head about 86km north of the bustling capital bangkok and you will reach Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya - Sacred City of Ayodhya. Between 1350 and 1767 Ayuthaya served as the capital of royal Siam. For over 400 years this was the base of royal power.



Elephant rides
Elephant rides
Ayuthaya is a great place to escape to from the bustle of Bangkok. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attracting many visitors who wish to explore the many historic temples (wats) that are scattered throughout the city. It is possible to visit some of the more central Wats on foot - Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Mongkhon, Wat Ratburana, Wat Phra Mahathat. Other options are to hire a bicyle or a tuk tuk. If walking or cycling it is a good idea to avoid doing so during the hottest part of the day! Some ruins lie further afield and it is possible to take a long-tail boat along the river to see these. At some of the Wats an admission charge is payable, usually 20-30B.

Favourite spots:
Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Ayuthaya Historical Park was the main reason for my visit. The condition of the ruins varies and some are more picturesque than others.
Wat Mongkhon Bophit boasts one of the countries largest Buddha images, cast from bronze in the 15th century.
Wat Phra Mahathat is a 14th century example. The prang ( Khmer style tower) stands impressively amidst the ruins.


What's really great:
Wat Mongkhon Bophit
Wat Mongkhon Bophit
It is a good escape from Bangkok and can be visited in a day - lots of walking or hire a bicycle.

Sights:
Wat Suram Dararam
Wat Suram Dararam
Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Phra Mahathat and Wat Ratburana

Nightlife:
Outside Wat Phanan Choeng
Outside Wat Phanan Choeng
I only made a day visit to take in the wats so i can't make any recommendations!

Hangouts:
Wat Ratburana
Wat Ratburana
Again only visited to see the wats. Best to check them out in Lonely Planet!

Restaurants:
Wat Ratburana - i think!
Wat Ratburana - i think!
Good Luck

Other recommendations:
Wat - under construction. More to follow..................................

Published on Thursday October 2th, 2003


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Fri, Feb 23 2007 - 08:33 PM rating by travler

This is not one of my favorite spots.

Thu, Oct 27 2005 - 12:29 PM rating by isaacmolina

nice pics

Mon, Apr 18 2005 - 08:35 AM rating by spaceout

Were does temples built for specific Gods or for Buddha or for the lord of the land at that particular time?
I'll keep an out out for more Wat, as you are still under construction...:-)

Sun, Feb 27 2005 - 08:24 AM rating by davidx

This is better but an ignoramus like me would find a bit more general explanation of Wats in the introduction of great benefit.

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