Ayutthaya (island), Thailand

Ayutthaya Thailand 2004
Ayutthaya Thailand 2004 (Photo credit: Evilarry)

Ayutthaya is an island located in Thailand and its rich history makes it one of the most popular travel destinations in Asia. Once the most profitable and populated city in the world, this former capital of Thailand suffered devastating destruction, leaving behind architectural ruins and a quiet humility that draws tourists to it year-round. Its amazing history has made it an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ayutthaya is located approximately 80 kilometers north of Bangkok and you can get there by train, boat, tram, car or bus. Once on the island, tourists can visit the many ruins and temples by foot or they may wish to rent a bicycle or motorized tuk-tuk. In addition to the many historical ruins, tourists may visit any of the working museums and monasteries.

Ayutthaya Thailand Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon
Ayutthaya Thailand Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Photo credit: AlexKovacheva)

Guests may visit the island’s beautiful gardens as well as marvel at the modern lodgings of royalty such as the Bang-Pa In Summer Palace. Tours are available and entrance to the various landmarks may require a small fee or none at all.

Ayutthaya Thailand Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Ayutthaya Thailand Wat Chaiwatthanaram (Photo credit: AlexKovacheva)

Lodging, dining, and activities on Ayutthaya cater to both modern and conservative tourists. Some hotels offer internet service, air conditioning and spa-like services while other hotels or guesthouses simply provide the necessities with no modern conveniences at all.

Ayutthaya Elephant Camp in Thailand 001
Ayutthaya Elephant Camp in Thailand 001 (Photo credit: Yosemite~commonswiki)

Guests can spend their time away from the sights by taking an elephant ride through the island’s tropical topography or worshipping alongside monks in one of the islands many working temples.

Ayutthaya Thailand Wat Phanan Choeng Golden Buddhas Statues
Ayutthaya Thailand Wat Phanan Choeng Golden Buddhas Statues (Photo credit: AlexKovacheva)

Tourists wishing for fun that is more boisterous may wish to travel back to Bangkok and visit one of its many nightclubs, bazaars, or restaurants.

Ayutthaya - Wat Na Phra Men - 0001
Ayutthaya - Wat Na Phra Men - 0001 (Photo credit: DerFussi)

Ayutthaya boasts some of the most magnificent ancient architectural relics, modern palaces and horticultural gardens in the entire world. The plethora of history, the friendly local Thai people, the pleasant climate, and the affordability make Ayutthaya a place every tourist to Thailand should consider making.

Thailand Ayutthaya Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Thailand Ayutthaya Wat Phra Si Sanphet (Photo credit: MGA73bot2)
Templo Mahathat, Ayutthaya, Tailandia, 2013-08-23, DD 08
Templo Mahathat, Ayutthaya, Tailandia, 2013-08-23, DD 08 (Photo credit: Poco a poco)
Mercado flotante, Ayutthaya, Tailandia, 2013-08-23, DD 10
Mercado flotante, Ayutthaya, Tailandia, 2013-08-23, DD 10 (Photo credit: Poco a poco)

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