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  • Address: Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya
  • Hours: Open daily
Prior to Bangkok becoming Thailand’s capital, Ayutthaya was the center of the Siamese Kingdom, from 1351 to 1787. Known throughout the world for its riches and open attitude towards foreign traders, the kingdom prospered for over 400 years before falling at the hands of the Burmese after a 15-month siege.

Once a majestic city with three palaces, 400 temples, a succession of 33 kings and numerous dynasties, Ayutthaya and most of its heritage (art, literature and historical records) was destroyed in the battle with the Burmese. Visitors can still get a good sense of Ayutthaya's former glory, however, in the ruins of the old city and what remains of the imperial palace.

Architecture and history buffs will enjoy the intriguing mix of architectural styles that clearly show a strong Khmer (Cambodian) influence. Such is the significance of this historic city and its surrounds, that it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Practical Info

Ayutthaya is 76 km (47 mi) north of Bangkok and takes about one and a half hours by train, bus or car. Many people visit the historic city on an organized day trip from Bangkok.

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Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

4.5 star rating: Recommended 532 Reviews

Visit the Ayutthaya temples on a cultural day trip from Bangkok, it's a highlight of any Thailand visit. The tour to the ancient capital of Siam includes a ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.97

6-Day Northern Thailand Tour: Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai from Bangkok

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover the cultural delights of northern Thailand on this 6-day coach tour from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. With an expert guide, you’ll see the ruins of ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights

From USD $853.62

3-Day River Kwai Tour from Bangkok: Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Thai-Burma Death Railway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Leave Bangkok behind on this three-day tour of Thailand’s historical and cultural attractions – including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples of ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

From USD $522.50

Ayutthaya Historical Park Bike Ride

An easy day ride, this tour reveals the historic treasures of Thailand. From the impressive ruins of Ayutthaya to the grandiose summer palace of the kings, ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.90

Full-Day Ayuthaya Coach Tour from Bangkok

Visit Ayuthaya, the former royal capital of Thailand on a 10-hour sightseeing tour from Bangkok. Explore ancient ruins, such as the Summer Palace of King Rama ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $86.17

Ayutthaya's Kingdom of Might and Magic Day Trip

In a time when kings ruled heaven and Earth, when thunder was a sign of the gods and floods were nature’s way of saying spring had arrived, Ayutthaya was one ...  Read more

Location: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.12

Overnight Mekhala River Cruise from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

Mekhala cruise offers a Chao Phraya river cruise between Bangkok and Ayutthaya, the Mekhala is a collection of three elegantly restored, beautifully crafted ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $231.08

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