Ayuthaya was once one of the most beautiful and prosperous cities in Asia, now its ruined temples testify to its former glory. The most famous sites have been partially restored and one can easily imagine their original appearance. Other shrines are still in business.
Capital of Siam between 1350 and 1767, Ayutthaya was a major trading port in the season winds and foreign merchants who visited were dazzled by the hundreds of gleaming temples and palaces. At one time, the kingdom ruled over a territory larger than England and France combined. Some 33 kings succeeded Ayuthaya and hired more than 70 wars in the space of 417 years, but their diplomatic skills prevented any Western power to seize Siam.
The last fight of the kingdom of Ayu ¬ thaya took place in 1797, when the Burmese army invaded the city, sacked and plundered most of its treasures. The remnants continued to deteriorate until start of major restoration. The ruins of Ayuthaya were classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1991.
Apart from its temples, Ayutthaya offers a growing number of interesting sites mainly related to crafts and local products.
Formerly dazzling 400 temples stood proudly Ayuthaya. Today, more than a dozen restored ruins stand at the heart of the city, and several temples. Decapitated Buddha statues, columns and balustrades crumbling dilapidated demonstrate the power disappeared from the ancient capital of Siam.
You can easily ride a bicycle between sites, hire a guide can be useful for discovering historical details.
Most temples open from 8h to 16h and the entry fee is the best known. Listed in museums and near the ruins, a day package (220 B) provides access to almost all areas of the island.
The ruins symbolize royalty and religion, two pillars of Thai society, show respect.
Get up early to avoid the heat and explore by bicycle the historic park. Lunch of noodles in Lung Lek, then join the north of the island for a show at the theater and aquatic floating market Ayuthaya Sabua Kiong. The next day, climb on the back of an elephant for a short walk among the ruins before tasting local products floating market Ayuthaya.
Out of town to visit the Bang Pa In Palace and the Centre for Arts and Crafts Bang Sai. Return, make a stop at Wat Choeng Phanan and put the odds on your side by releasing a fish in the river.
Week allows time to explore the temples and surrounding countryside. Go to bike Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon and explore neighboring markets, then return to the island for a sunset cruise. With a few extra days, you can learn the ropes of the Ayuthaya Elephant mahout â Palace.
In November, the Center for Art and Craft Bang Sai is the ideal location for the festival of Loi Kratong: hundreds of small boats in the shape of a lotus, containing candles and incense sticks are launched on the river . End of January, the Centre organizes its annual fair to present his works.
International racing boats swans in September on the Mae Nam Chao Phraya Art Center and arti ¬ sanat Bang Sai. They take place aboard long boots, led by national and foreign teams.
Unlike overflows aqua ticks in places like Bangkok or Chiang Mai, the Thai New Year is celebrated by winning the merits and honoring elders. It usually takes place from 12 to 14 April.
Ayuthaya where to stay?
More pensions for budget travelers gather in the Soi 2, Th Naresuan. The hotels of middle and upper border the river. Substantial reductions are granted in low season (April to November).