Ayutthaya is not one of your typical destinations of Thailand but it is, nevertheless, a magnificent one. Booking tickets on flights to Bangkok? Add a short one day trip to Ayutthaya and you are sure to be delighted with the experience you will have here.
Ruffled by the sands of time, like any great historic city, Ayutthaya, in the Central Plains of Thailand, is a city that has a fascinating story to tell. The once prosperous city, now presents a peek into the resplendence of the old world of Thailand. You might not have read about this city in your history textbook when you were in school, but the historic city of Ayutthaya is every bit deserving to get your attention if you are a history buff.
Considered to be one of the most impressive Buddhist temples in the world, Wat Chaiwattanarm is a place that is amazingly picturesque. Featuring a large central chedi (Thai Buddhist Monument) surrounded by pagodas, the temple is worth clicking from all the angles. A number of culture vultures who book their tickets on flights to Bangkok visit this temple each year.
Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Wat Phra Si Sanphet is another magnificent temple that holds a significant historical importance. The three huge chedis accompanied with many smaller ones create quite a sight in the old city of Ayutthaya. Despite enduring many unpleasant incidents (natural disasters, attacks by Burmese), Wat Phra Si Sanphet still has an aura that draws many visitors who block their tickets on Thailand bound flights!
This temple has an interesting story attached to it. It was built by King Boromracha II (1424-48) in the loving memory of his elder brothers Ay and Yi. Both of them were killed in a duel related to succession to the throne. Holidaymakers who have booked train or bus tickets to the destination should visit this temple for its impressive ruins. The columns and walls, at first glance, appear a bit in shambles but as you continue exploring, you can notice the beauty hidden. Visitors can see some fascinating wall paintings, and ruined chedis.
Wat Phra Mahathat
As you continue to walk from Wat Ratchaburana, you will notice a temple that has Buddha’s head in the roots of a banyan tree. That is Wat Phra Mahathat, one of the most visited temples by travellers who visit Ayutthaya. The temple, like the entire city has witnessed a lot of disasters and those disasters have permanently damaged it but it still offers a great view of the ancient world.
As the city of Ayutthaya is located a mere short distance from Bangkok, those who have booked their flights tickets to Bangkok can easily make a one day trip to Ayutthaya by train or bus. There is also an option for a river cruise from Bangkok to this city.