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“Nostalgic Trip Down Old Siam's Lane”

Ayutthaya Historical Park
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Owner description: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya Historical Park incorporates over a dozen ancient temple sites.
Reviewed 24 July 2015

Founded in the 13th century, the historic city of Ayutthaya was the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom. Once considered among the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan urban areas and a center of global diplomacy and commerce, Ayutthaya enjoyed its golden period from the 14th century before the city was attacked and razed by the Burmese army in 1767 who burned the city to the ground and forced the inhabitants to abandon the city. Today, Ayutthaya is an archaeological ruin, conferred with a UNESCO World Heritage status, characterised by the remains of tall towers and Buddhist monasteries of monumental proportions, clearly giving visitors an idea of how massive and prosperous the city was before. We came here a few weeks ago on a whole-day tour which we booked through our hotel. We first stopped at Bang Pa-In, another important attraction in the province. If you have visited the Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, you will most likely find Ayutthaya much smaller and a little less elaborate/opulent but it doesn't take away from Ayutthaya the distinction of being among the most cosmopolitan area during its time. One of first things that you will notice as you walk around the area are the headless buddha statues, which again, was the result of the attack of the Burmese army. A few of the buddhas have had their arms and heads reconstructed recently. One very famous landmark here is what they call the buddha tree. It's some several hundred years old tree with the face of buddha embedded on its trunk. And if there's one selfie photo you'd like to have in Ayutthaya, it would have to be this one.:) We went to Ayutthaya around noon and let me tell you, the heat can easily drive you mental! My advice is that you wear super comfortable clothes - shorts, tank tops, etc are allowed as the old city is mere ruins now so you don't have to be donning a sarong or anything to cover arms and legs. A pair of comfortable shoes or flip-flops would be ideal as well for all the walking that you will be doing. The area is not as massive as the Angkor Wat so you need not spend so much hours around here. There is an entrance fee, of course, but ours was prepaid through the tour that we booked. Make sure to bring a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated. Apply sunscreen and use an umbrella over your head if you cannot stand the heat. There are a few food and souvenir stalls just by the entrance where you can grab some water and munchies if you ever feel hungry. There are toilets for your use as well. Make sure to visit this amazing historical park next time you're in Bangkok.

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Reviewed 19 July 2015

This place is fascinating and breathtaking.
I would recommend a few things:
- You should take a guided tour, helps you to understand all the hidden meanings of the beautiful places.
- You should not do this by bike, particularly if it is a hot day. If you are biking around, you will get a chance to see only small amount of sites. The prettiest and biggest ones are outside of the central area, and even a drive by tuk tuk took us a while to get there - so I can't imagine how is it by bikes.

Thank Ruth T
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Reviewed 19 July 2015

After experiencing the famous Wats in Bangkok, The Ayutthaya Historical Park should not be missed by any tourist in Thailand. With just THB 50, we (a family of 4) experienced the former capital of the old Siam. The temple ruins were just beautiful. In here, you can also see the famous buddha head on a tree, Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Mahathat, Wat Mongkol Bophit (where the golden giant Buddha sits), and other attractions. Unlike the colorful temples in Bangkok, those in Ayutthaya were more like made of bricks and other massive structures. There are a lot of temples to visit, so we went there by taxi thru our taxi driver, Mr. Suwit (He was our taxi driver/tour guide on our whole visit to Thailand). Separate amission fee for THB 20 is required in visiting the nearby Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol where one could see the leaning Buddha. The tour to major attractions can be finished in half day, so you should treat yourself to a sumptuous lunch in one of the authentic Thai restaurants within the area. I suggest that you spend the rest of the day visiting the Bang Pa In Palace (which I will soon make a review of). You can go still go back to your hotel in Bangkok at 4PM and still have a lot of time for the night.

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One should go there early so as to maximize time in visiting other temples nearby. Bring bottled water and umbrella/hat.
I recommend Mr. Suwit since he is so kind, polite and helpful in our tour. Also, he charges less than the other taxi drivers we met (THB 1,500 for the whole Ayutthaya-Bang Pa In day tour). You can reach him at 081-3087268.

4  Thank CessFP
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Reviewed 19 July 2015

Unbelievable architecture!
An amazing location to visit, and experience.
A must see and feel if you are one for history like I am.

Thank Mig008
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Reviewed 19 July 2015

We decided to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok on our own as tours were so pricey and all day! So we caught the skytrain and then the underground to the main train station Hualamphong - we got there and spoke to the helpful man at the ticket booth who got us a ticket in the 2nd class air con cabin ( He offered us 3rd class with no aircon for 30bht for both - so if your on a budget its cheap as!!) one was around 600Bht and only 250Bht back!! the aircon was worth the extra money as the train was slow! took around 2 hours to get there even though ticket said 1!
Once you get to Ayutthaya station its a 5 min walk to the boat peir and 5BHT per person to get to the island! we then got a tuk tuk for a few hoursto take us around the main sights for 350BHT.
Definately a worthwile trip!

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