Top 500 places to visit before you die (P.76) Ayutthaya: The old capital of Siam


( Once the capital of Thailand for about 400 years, Ayutthaya also preserves unique and artistic temples and palaces.

For 400 years of history, Ayutthaya was once one of the world's largest trading centers, flourishing thanks to its prime location on the trade route between China and India.


As soon as you enter the main road leading to the center, you will see the stupas intact, tall, and different from other temples in Bangkok. Ayutthaya has many temples such as Wat Phra Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Phutthaisawan, Wat Pra Sri Sanphet, and Wat Worachettharam, etc., some of which are must-see destinations. In the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, there are about 300 large and small temples, some of which still retain many ancient architectures and some that have been destroyed by the war.


Ayutthaya is quite large so you can take a tuk tuk, rent a bicycle or explore on foot. However, cycling will be an interesting experience when weaving through time-stained pagodas and towers. The roads are smooth and the distance between the temples is not far, so you can move easily.


Besides the magnificent temples and palaces, visitors can explore the daily life of the people while cruising on boats. Pang Chang Market was formed with the meaning of preserving the cultural heritage of the people of the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, they still keep the architecture from ancient times until now. Here, visitors can buy pretty souvenirs such as hats, towels, etc., or enjoy famous Thai dishes such as Tom Yum (Thai sour soup), Roti sai mai (cotton candy), and boat noodles.


With unique architectural and artistic value, Ayutthaya Historical Park was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1991.


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