No trip to Thailand would be complete without an excursion to Ayutthaya, once a capital city of the Thai nation and still resplendent with numerous scenic ruins of palaces, temples and statues. These historical temples and monuments with their antique relics and ambience of historical grandeur will remain in the minds of all visitors to the ancient location. Situated to the north of the modern capital Bangkok the historic city may be reached via land or by cruise boat.
The resplendent array of temples will naturally be a highlight to any visit to Ayutthaya. By visiting the most prominent of these places of worship you will gain a genuine understanding of Thailand’s heritage and eventful past.
At Wat Phanancherng (Wat is the Thai word for temple) which is a functioning temple, you will see the most ancient bronze Buddha statue in the historical city, along with an assortment of other images. At Wat Phu Kao Thong you will encounter a mammoth chedi (stupa) which is renowned for its crooked shape. Here the visitor will see a smiling plump Buddha image and nearby, a monument to the monarch Naresuan the Great.
Not to be missed is the Phra Chedi Sisuriyothai, a gold and white chedi which was constructed in honour of a Thai queen. The stupa is located amongst tranquil gardens which is a great place to take a few minutes’ rest. Not to be missed is the Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon which is renowned for its ruins and a massive reclining Buddha.
Another local highlight is the Bang Pa-In Palace which boasts a rich and significant history. Visitors should also visit the Khun Phaen House which is a replicated traditionally constructed teak mansion which is situated amongst lovely parklands. Another picturesquely scenic location is the Phra Ram Park with its exquisitely beautiful woodlands, nature trails and lovely bridges which take the visitor amidst an array of Buddha statues and buildings. With all this on offer, a tour of Ayutthaya will never be dull for a moment.
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