Ayuthaya Historical Park

Planning a trip around northern Thailand? DO NOT miss the city of Ayuthaya and its frankly astonishing historical park, a breathtaking treasure trove of ruined palaces, glittering temples, towering statues, colossal Buddhas, rolling fields, emerald green rivers and lush, impossibly knotted trees.

Wat Phra Mahathat Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand
Wat Phra Mahathat, Ayutthaya Historical Park. April 2015.

A mere eighty kilometers north of Bangkok, this former Siamese capital was once the largest and wealthiest city on earth. Today you can bask in Ayuthaya’s former glory by renting a bicycle, grabbing a free map and exploring at your own leisure. Be warned though that it can be hard, hot work and right enough most people take in just a fraction of the sites on offer! I spent a full day exploring the park and I’d say it ranks as one of my top Thailand experiences!

tangled buddha head tree Wat Phra Mahathat Ayutthaya Historical Park

To find out why this place is so special, check out my articles on:

Bangkok to Ayuthaya by Train

Wat Phra Ram

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

& my handpicked spots from across the park

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