Essential temples to see in Ayutthaya

Although we were aware that Ayutthaya was a large city, we never imagined its importance and the number of temples. Impossible to cover it all in a single day. That's why we leave you the essential temples to see in Ayutthaya, some of them are great protagonists of movies and others simply star in their own story.

This post is loaded with the history of one of the most authentic places in Thailand. I hope you enjoy it and that the city impresses you as much as it does us.

Ayutthaya, a great story

Founded in 1350 Ayutthaya was the capital of the Kingdom of Siam for years. Exactly 4 centuries and 33 kings passed through the city.

Located at about 85km from the big city, famous Bangkok. Today Ayutthaya is one of the most famous and visited cities in the country, gives this place the numerous temples and palaces that are preserved there.

Fun facts about Ayutthaya: in the XVIII century, The city had more than a million inhabitants, which made it one of the most important and extensive cities of the time.

Ayutthaya, where they are located the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia.

Because of these promises we couldn't resist visiting it.

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The 8 essential temples to see in Ayutthaya.

We find nothing more and nothing less than 15 square kilometers of city, which is found disperses and shares space with the modern city, which is a non-stop life. It was interesting to discover a place where They converge past and present in such a friendly way.

In Ayutthaya, you can visit its ancient temples and palaces while enjoying nature.

Since I know that most of you will go to Ayutthaya to spend less than a day, I will focus on the essential temples to see in Ayutthaya in a single day.

I hope you have time to see them all, or at least most of them. First of all Remember to enjoy the ride and let yourself be surprised by this unique setting.

📍Wat Pra Si Sanphet


📍Wat Phanang Choeng

golden giant buddha

📍Wat Na Phra Meru

people near temple

📍Wat Ratchaburana


📍Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit

golden buddha 

📍Wat Phra Ram

📍Wat Chai Wattanaram

📍Wat Mahathat

buddha head entwined within the roots of a banyan tree

📍Wat Lokayasutharam

reclining buddha statue in thailand

How to get around the city of Ayutthaya

We arrived at the city without knowing exactly the route we were going to follow. The only clear thing was a map with a few temples that we had marked. When we arrived at the station, the locals were in charge of showing us all the possibilities we had in Ayutthaya.

But there were other more urgent things to resolve and we had our stomachs speaking for themselves. After evaluating offers of taxis, motorcycles and tuktuks, we decided to stay with the last option.

Hiring a tuk tuk is the best way to get around Ayutthata, and any other city in Thailand.  It is also a economical, fun and fast option. Remember that drivers They charge for journeys/routes or for the entire day. Negotiate as best you can although the price is around 300 baths/hour.

For us it was quite an experience touring the city with our driver, most of them are very friendly, we were also able Enjoy the journeys in a very pleasant and calm way.

Some travelers choose to rent a motorcycle. In fact, the tours are non-stop with tuk tuks and motorcycles.

How long does it take to see Ayutthaya?

Let's get to the point: the city can be seen in about 4-5 hours, although it depends on the time you spend in each temple.

Remember that there is certain distance between the temples, For this reason we recommend Reserve the whole day to visit this city. Tour the temples at your own pace enjoying everything Ayutthaya has to offer.

Make a short list of the most important temples that we mentioned above, if you have time you can add some more to your visit.

How to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok

We got up very early to go to the Mo Chit Bus Station, north of Bangkok. From this station we take a minivan heading towards Ayutthaya. It usually leaves every half hour or this way.

Although the journey takes about 2 hours It seemed like forever to us with so much traffic and some stops along the way. In any case, we believe that it is the fastest and most economical option.

Our experience visiting Ayutthaya on your own

The plan: relaxing day walking through the temples of Ayutthaya while we tried the local food and rested from the hustle and bustle of the previous day in Bangkok.

Reality: Visiting impressive and addictive temples that made us want to continue exploring every corner of the city.

It doesn't matter where you start, Ayutthaya each temple seems more majestic than the last. The architecture, the people and the natural environment of the city makes You want to know every corner.

On our excursion we had little time left to eat something, because we wanted to make the most of the time so much that we prioritized continuing to visit as much as possible.

Getting to know this city was a beautiful and exciting experience that allowed us to delve a little deeper into the history of the country. Thailand, a country of free men, hides treasures that show the greatness of its land and its people.

Back in Bangkok We arrived devastated but with a heart full of emotion and images to remember. Without a doubt it is a place that we recommend visiting.

Photos of Ayutthaya

A picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say. In this case, these images are still worth more than the almost thousand words in this post.

Between images and words I hope I have convinced you to book a day and visit the city of Ayutthaya.

To continue exploring Thailand visit the most impressive temples in Chiang Rai. You can also see the photos from our trip to Thailand.

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