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4 places to see in ayutthaya

travel ayutthayaayutthaya city guide; if you’re a history junkie (or simply craving some ginormous grilled river prawn) then i’d recommend you to rent a van (which usually costs around 1,500-2,000 thb/day) and take half day to travel the city of ayutthaya, the ancient capital city of thailand. now a unesco world heritage site is left with nothing much other than ruins of palaces and temples from the burmese-siamese war but i realized that most first timers in thailand really enjoy sight seeing the area (now, i have many relatives and friends visiting and it’s a completely different story when one has to visit the same place multiple times a year). so i thought i’d share with you guys the most effective tour schedule around ayutthaya without getting burned-out, mentally and physically!

tonnam riverview

26 moo 6, tambon ban len, amphoe bang pa-in, phra nakhon sri ayutthaya, 13160

since ayutthaya is about an hour drive from bangkok if you leave before noon you’ll get here just in time for lunch. my go-to for one of the best grilled river prawn in the city. don’t forget to try the coconut ice cream from the little shop right outside the restaurant.

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bang pa-in summer palace

ban len, bang pa-in district, phra nakhon si ayutthaya, 13160

built around the 17th century to serve as a summer palace of ayutthaya kings, the palace remains largely open to visitors as the current king and his family use it only rarely for banquets and special occasions.

entrance fee: 100 thb | dress code: short skirts/pants and sleeveless tops not allowed

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wat yai chai mongkhon

u-thong road, pranakorn sri ayutthaya district, 13000

also known as the “great monastery of auspicious victory” is where you can find the impressively large reclining buddha statue.

entrance fee: 50 thb | no dress code

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wat mahathat

phra nakhon si ayutthaya historical park, phra nakhon si ayutthaya, 13000

also known as the “temple of the great relics” is where you can find one of the most famous images of thailand, buddha head entwined in tree roots.

entrance fee: 50 thb | no dress code

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will any of these places make it to your must-see attraction when in thailand?

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  • Reply Elizabeth T.

    Oh my gosh, Annie, those little elephant-shaped bushes are just about the cutest thing ever :D Hehehe I always enjoy your travel guides because you capture the most scenic landscapes and the most delicious food <3 Wishing you a great week ahead! :)

    XO, Elizabeth

    March 29, 2016 at 11:45 am
    • Reply annie lee

      aww you’re always being too kind elizabethhhhh. have a great week xo

      March 31, 2016 at 11:32 pm
  • Reply LindaLibraLoca

    I missed that place when I was in Thailand. One more reason to go back there soon…

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    March 29, 2016 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply Anett

    Wow this place looks amazing! And those prawns!!! Yumm

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    March 29, 2016 at 10:35 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      one thing i don’t complain about going back for.

      March 31, 2016 at 11:31 pm
  • Reply Romantiquely

    As always your photographs are incredible and fill my heart with wanderlust! Such a beautiful post, I wish I could hop on a plane right this second! xxxxx

    March 29, 2016 at 11:49 pm
  • Reply Kandice

    Ok! I should go to that place someday. I haven’t been to historical places in Thailand. This should be a good start.

    March 30, 2016 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply sileas

    I looove Ayutthaya – it’s such a great place to unwind yet so close to the city! But I totally missed the river prawns, gosh they look good. Saved for next time. I also enjoyed touring on the river or cycle around the temples (if it’s not too hot, but when does that happen?). I bet it gets kind of meh after so many times but for visitors it’s definitely a MUST :)

    March 30, 2016 at 6:55 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      yes i agree! all the first timers love it! maybe i should take them cycling when the weather’s cooler. that sounds like a fun activity!

      March 31, 2016 at 11:28 pm
  • Reply itsshania

    Wow such a beautiful place and the food looks so good. Amazing photos.

    March 31, 2016 at 1:48 am
  • Reply Yasmin

    The food alone is enough to get me there haha! But I love visiting majestic and historic sites like this. It’s so fun to imagine what life was like when these structures were built.

    xx Yasmin

    March 31, 2016 at 2:05 am
    • Reply annie lee

      haha hence the reason it’s the first thing up there!

      March 31, 2016 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Valerie Price

    Oh wow, this place looks like such an interesting place to explore! Beautiful photos!

    March 31, 2016 at 4:24 am
    • Reply annie lee

      nothing beats the landscapes you get to visit!

      March 31, 2016 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Nevena Krstic

    Beautiful photos! I’ll definitely have to refer back to this if I ever go! Thanks for the lovely tips and info! :) xx

    March 31, 2016 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    What inspiring pictures! I’d love to visit Thailand one day…sigh :)


    March 31, 2016 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply Waz

    Wow, I’m going to have to remember this blog post if I ever find myself in Ayutthaya. The food looks good, but it’s the sights look even more amazing, especially the monastery. Thanks for the tips! :D

    April 2, 2016 at 12:42 am
  • Reply Sophie

    I can really find peace in these photos, and thanks for your tips <3

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    April 12, 2016 at 7:42 pm
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