The Kingdom of Ayutthaya is an incredible ancient kingdom in Thailand that started almost 700 years ago and existed for over 400 years.
Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand years ago and is still a very important place to visit in Thailand!
Nowadays it is a city and indeed a larger province in Thailand, but a very special one, since there is still a lot of history and heritage from the old kingdom.
It's so common and it's almost impossible to see everything in detail in one day.
There are also many different sections with different ruins that are now operated independently. Therefore, you have to pay several entrance fees for each row of places you visit.
The amount is barely bankrupt, but still worth mentioning as you need to be familiar with your time and choose the best places to visit if you have time constraints.
This will be a rather photo-heavy post as it is a bit difficult to go through the story for everyone.
To be perfectly honest, I think reading the story here would be far too boring. It's one of the best things to pick up on when you personally explore the place because it just gives it so much more context and makes it special.
However, I will name each place so that you know where to go and what to expect before you do so.
We start with Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, our next stop after visiting Wat Phanan Choeng and the incredible Bang Pa-In Royal Palace (all about this in this post here).
I know I said I wasn't going to deliver a story, but I think it's worth noting that Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is a monastery that is over 600 years old and is quite impressive to see!
This is how it looks.
After we left Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, our next stop was Wat Mahathat – the temple of the great relic.
Wat Mahathat is also similar in age to Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon and is definitely another must if you are in Ayutthaya. here is the reason!
Next we went to the Wat Phra Si Sanphet – Temple of the Holy, Magnificent Omniscient.
This temple here is also over 600 years old and despite all expectations, Wat Phra Si Sanphet was never inhabited by monks.
Instead, Wat Phra Si Sanphet was the temple of the royal family and was used exclusively for royal ceremonies. Wat Phra Si Sanphet was actually the most sacred temple in the royal palace here when Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand.
Wat Phra Mongkhon Bophit was our last stop on the trip (right next to Wat Phra Si Sanphet). Wat Phra Mongkhon Bophit is also centuries old and offers another breathtaking and interesting insight into the history of Thailand and the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya.
So we said goodbye to Ayutthayha and made our way back to Bangkok.
Ayutthaya was incredible and is a place we would love to go back to and visit more places in this incredible city.
Check out the first part of our trip to Ayutthaya in this post:
Trip to the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya, Thailand