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Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya or Ayutthaya - พระนครศรีอยุธยา

Ayutthaya is 76km from Bangkok, 538km from Amnat Charoen, 31km from Ang Thong, 366km from Buriram, 121km from Chainat, 298km from Chaiyaphum, 623km from Chiang Mai, 714km from Chiang Rai, 475km from Kalasin, 289km from Kamphaeng Phet, 405km from Khon Kaen, 215km from Korat, 531km from Lampang, 602km from Lamphun, 476km from Loei, 98km from Lopburi, 856km from Mae Hong Son, 431km from Mahasarakham, 598km from Mukdahan, 696km from Nakhon Phanom, 172km from Nakhon Sawan, 597km from Nan, 533km from Nong Bua Lamphu, 571km from Nong Khai, 620km from Phayao, 302km from Phetchabun, 285km from Phitchit, 301km from Phitsanulok, 479km from Phrae, 450km from Roi Et, 603km from Sakon Nakhon, 63km from Saraburi, 71km from Singburi, 527km from Sisaket, 358km from Sukhothai, 413km from Surin, 357km from Tak, 582km from Ubon Ratchathani, 520km from Udon Thani, 156km from Uthai Thani, 419km from Uttaradit and 484km from Yasothon.

From Bangkok you can get to Ayutthaya by bus from Morchid, or minibus from Victory Monument, or by train on the Northern Line or North Eastern Line.

Ayutthaya Province shares borders with Ang Thong, Lopburi, Saraburi, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom and Suphan Buri.

Ayutthaya has literally hundreds of Temples (Wats), if they are not listed on this page then check out our Ayutthaya Temples & Wats thread.

Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 and was the capital of Thailand (Siam) until 1767. The city of Ayutthaya and surrounding areas have many ancient Palaces and Temples (Wats) including the Ayutthaya historical park which has these temples listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Phra Ram, Wat Lokayasutha, Wiharn Phra Mongkhon Bopit, Wat Lokayasutha, Wat Yai Chai Mongkon, Phra Chedi Suriyothai, Wat Phanan Choeng, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya historical Study Centre, Japanese Settlement, Wat Phu Khao Thong and the Elephant Camp. For maps covering this area check out our Ayutthaya Historical Park Maps page.

Other places of interest in Ayutthaya include St. Joseph's Church, The Japanese Village, The Ayutthaya Tourism Center, Khun Phaen Residence and The Support Arts and Craft International Centre of Thailand.

If your looking for nightlife in Ayutthaya you wont be finding any gogo bars, but if there is a car show on you will be finding Coyote Girls, the main bar areas are on Grand Street and farang street or Soi Naresuan 1 as it is known, here you will find a variety of bars and restaurants, also internet cafes and massage parlours.

For restaurants in Ayutthaya you have plenty of choice, from German food at the Schnitzel House, or a nice English Indian curry at Chang House, or if you want some nice Thai food with river view settings check out Baan U Thong, Baan Mai Rim Nam or the Chainam Restaurant.

If you have any questions on Ayutthaya or the surrounding area why not post them on our Central Thailand & Ayutthaya Forum.

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Ayutthaya Tourist Attractions

Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre

Farmers from Ayutthaya as well as from other provinces undergo training in folk arts and crafts here. At this centre, visitors have a glimpse of how farmers in the four regions live and work and how their products of arts and crafts are produced. Bang Pa-In Palace Originally, Bang Pa-In was a riverine island. When King Prasat Thong became the Ayutthaya king (16301655), he had the Chumphon Nikayaram Temple built on his family estate. The palace surrounded by a lake 400 metres long and 40 metres wide. Bang Pa-In was used as a country residence by every Ayutthaya monarch after King Prasat Thong.
More on Bang Pa In Palace here

Bang Pa-In Palace

Originally built by Ayutthayan King Prasat Thong in 1632 but abandoned after the sack of Ayutthaya in 1767, the site was partially restored by King Mongkut (Rama IV) in the 1850s. The site as it stands today, however, is largely the work of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), who expanded the area into a Versaillesque garden filled with European-style buildings in 1872-1889. Last restored in 2001, the palace and its grounds are maintained in immaculate shape and well worth a visit.

Phom Phet (The Diamond Fort)

This fort that remains almost intact while ruins of the other forts which had been destroyed are visible around the city island. This fortress, also known as Phom Phet Pairote, is situated on a site known as Bangkaja where the Maenam Chao Phraya and the Maenam Pasak meet to form the south-west corner of the city island. This large fortress is thought to have been built during the reign of King Mahathammaracha following the loss of Ayutthaya to the Burmese for the first time in 1549. The original earthen parapet was strengthened with brick.

Portuguese Village

This village is located in Tambon Samphao Lom, on the west bank of the Maenam Chao Phraya to the south of the city. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to arrive at Ayutthaya in 1151. Antique objects, tobacco pipes, coins and accessories for religious ceremonies have been found at the site.

Chankasem National Museum

Chankasem Palace was built during the reign of King Maha Thammaraja, the 17th King of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. During the reign of King Naresuan the Great the Palace became his permanent residence. Chankasem Palace, like the other palaces, was destroyed during the Burmese invasion. It has been renovated and reopened as a museum open to the public on Wednesdays through Sundays from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Suan Somdet Phra Si Nakharin

Located on U Thong Road in the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park area, to the southwest of Ko Mueang, the Park covers a vast stretch of land with plants in Thai literature, a Thai pavilion and remains of ancient monuments. Part of the area is being developed into a herb garden. The Park also houses a monument of Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother.

Chao Sam Phraya National Museum

This museum is perfect for history buffs who admire fine arts and handicraft of the Ayutthaya period. Housed in the museum are various original antiques, mostly made of gold and decorated with precious jewels. In addition, there are various antique bronze Buddha images and famous carved panels. Of note is a receptacle in the Thai Pavilion that contains relics of the Lord Buddha and other objects of art that are over 500 years old.
The museum which is located on Rochana Road, opposite the city wall is open daily, except Mondays, Tuesdays and national holidays, from 09.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m.
Admission fee is 150 Baht.
For more information, call: 0 3524 1587

Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre

This compound is located on Rochana Road and is a National Research Institute devoted to the study of Ayutthaya, especially the period when it was the capital of Thailand. The Centre is responsible for the Museum of the History of Ayutthaya, which exhibits reconstructions from the past. In addition, the Centre provides information services and has a library containing historical materials about Ayutthaya.
The Centre opens daily from 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. On official holidays service hours are from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. For more information, please contact Tel: 0 3524 5124 (Admission fee is 100 Baht)

Thai Boat Museum

The museum is located at the residence of its founder, Mr. Phaithun Khaomala, a renowned Thai boat modeller and former boat builder. Inspired by their beauty and relationship to the lives of Thai people, Mr. Phaithun dedicated a part of his residence to preseving what he holds to be fine examples of the country's treasured traditions.
On display are a wide range of models from his large and exquisite collection, make in teak. Included in the collection are more than 100 models boats delicately made by hand. They range from Thai and Chinese junks to other traditional Thai boats and ocean liners. Among the most impressive items in the collection are models of Thailand's famous Royal Barges. As some of them are rarely seen nowadays, the museum is considered a must-visit. Open daily from 8.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. Call 0 3524 1195 for more information. The Thai Boat Museum is situated opposite Wat Mahathat, Bang Ian Road.

Prasat Nakhon Luang

This ruin of the royal residence for summer retreats is on the east bank of the Pasak River. It was used by various Kings of Ayutthaya as a temporary camp en route a visit to the Lord Buddha's Footprint in Saraburi or a trip to Lopburi. Prince Damrong surmised that this residence was built during the reign of King Song Tham when the Footprint was discovered. The original building was later strengthened with brick and plaster during the reign King Prasat Thong. According to the royal annals, King Prasat Thong sent artists to Khmer in 1631 to copy the plan of a Khmer prasat from the capital city of Angkor Thom, hence the name Phra Nakhon Luang. However, only a simplified version of the original prasat was constructed and is currently a part of a temple where the monks help to keep the building in a state of good repair.

Members Tours of Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya Sword Village

Ayutthaya is famous for its swordsmiths so a member takes a visit to one of the sword villages.

Loy Kratong in Ayutthaya

Loy Kratong is an festival event held all over Thailand.

Ayutthaya Boat Trip

Ayutthaya city is surrounded by rivers so a boat trip is a great way to see a lot that you would normally miss.

Ayutthaya Flooding

Every year Ayutthaya floods and this year was no different.

Ayutthaya Hotels & Guesthouses

Ayodhara Village
56 Moo 6 Baan Koh, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
Tel: 035-950-770

Ayothaya Hotel
12 Moo 4 Tessabarn sai 2 Road, Tambon Horrattanachai Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
Tel: 035-232-855

Ayothaya Riverside House
17/2 Moo 7 Ban Pom, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
Tel: 02-910-8797

Ayutthaya Guesthouse
Address,12/34 Naresuan Soi 1, Ayutthaya Province.
Telephone; (035) 232 658

Ayutthaya Grand Hotel
55/5 M.1, T.Tanu, U-Thai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13210
Tel: 035-335-483 - 91

Ayutthaya Place
7 Moo 2 Preedee Phanom Yong Road, Ho Rat Tana Chai Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
Tel & Fax: 035-210-941

Baan Suan Guesthouse
23/1 Jakraphat Road, Pratuchai, Ayutthaya,
Telephone 035 242394

Bann Kun Pra
48 Moo3 U Thong Road, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
Tel: 035-241-978

Chantana Guest House
12/22 Naresuan Soi 1, Ayutthaya.
Telephone: (035) 323 200

Hi-Ayutthaya Youth Hostel
7 Moo 2, Rojana Road, Pranakorn, Sri Ayutthaya;
Phone; +66 0-3521 0941

Intarakorn House Resort & Spa
19/1 Moo 4 Khlong Sra Bau, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
Tel & Fax: 035-211-774

Jitvilai Place
38 / 7 U-Thong Road, Horratthanachai,Ayutthaya 13000
Tel. (035)328-177,328-483

Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya
168 Moo1, Rojana Road, Tambol Tanu, Aumphur U-Thai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13210
Tel: 035-337-177

Krungsri River Hotel
27/2 Moo 11 Rojchana Road, Ka Mang, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
Tel: 035-244-333

Moradok Hotel
6/12 Rojana Road Phatuchai, Ayutthaya

Piyavan Resort
22/1 Moo 1 Chiang Rak Noi, Bang Sai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13290
Tel: 035-366-630

P.U. Inn Guesthouse
20/1 Ho Rat Tana Chai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
Tel: 035-251-213

River View Place Hotel
35/5 U-Thong Road , Tambol Hor Ratanachai , Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya 13000
Tel : 66 (035) 241-444

Rotchana Phon Hotel
64/6 Moo1 Rojchana Road, Tha-nu, Uthai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
Tel: 035-335-885 to 7

Sherwood House
21/25 Dechawut Road, Ayutthaya 13000
Telephone 035-321- 631

Sri Ayutthaya Thanee Motel
59 Moo 2 U-Thong Road, Ta Wasukree Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
Tel: 035-233-041

Thai Thai Palace Hotel
19/2 Moo 2 Asia Road, Tha-nu, Uthai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
Tel: 035-212-338 to 40

The Lima Place Hotel
139 Moo 2 Bankao, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
Tel: 035-801-808-10

The Old Palace Resort and Spa
1/35 Moo 5. Klong Srabua, Tavasukree Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
Tel: 035-251-774

Thongchai Guesthouse
9/6 Moo 1 Maharaj Road, Pra Tu Cha Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
Tel: 035-245-210

Tonys Place - Guesthouse
12/18 Naresuan Road Soi 1.
Telephone (035) 252 578

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