Ayutthaya is a city just north of Bangkok with a rich history and ancient culture, dating back to the 14th century, featuring historic and archaeological sites, arts and excitement. This city was once the capital of the Kingdom of Sian through the late 18th century. The ruins of the old city are now part of the archaeological site at Ayutthaya Historical Park, which includes palaces, monasteries, Buddhist temples and ancient statuary. Some of the most popular and important sites here include Wat Mahathat, an ancient Buddhist temple, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, a restored royal temple, and Wat Phra Ram, a temple complex dating to the 13th century.

    Unusual and more modern attractions can also be found. Some of the most fun include the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal, where you get the opportunity to feed and ride elephants. The Chao Phrom Market and Kong Khong Markets are traditional markets filled with cultural sights, sounds and scents, fresh produce, prepared foods, arts and crafts. At the Million Toy Museum, you will find hundreds of exhibits featuring classic and contemporary toys.

    Where & what to eat in Ayutthaya

    • 5 Best Restaurants in Ayutthaya

      The best restaurants in Ayutthaya serve dishes that exemplify the rich culinary scene of the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Shaped by its history as a centre of global diplomacy, Ayutthaya’s unique cuisine is a celebration of the freshest ingredients: freshwater fish, river prawns, tropical fruits and verdant greens. Indulge in freshly caught grilled river prawns served with...

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