It lies just 80 kilometres north of Bangkok and is an ideal destination for a day trip from Bangkok. Often referred to as Krung Kao or ‘ancient capital’, Ayutthaya was a significant centre of trade, economy, art and culture during its time and successfully flourished for over 400 years. It is a beautiful city oozing history and culture and a UNESCO world heritage site. 

Ayutthaya Historical Park

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya Historical Park is located on the ruins of the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. Though it was destroyed partially by a Burmese invasion, it still hold many wonders and has examples of pristine architechture. The history and culture of 35 kings who ruled from here can be felt by those who visit the historical park.

Bang Pa-in Palace

The former residence of Thai Kings, Bang Pa-In Palace was built way back in 1632. Also known as the Summer Palace, it was properly restored and constructed by King Chulalongkorn Rama V in the 1880s. The building is made in a very European style. Nowadays, the palace is only used for a few royal ceremonies and is otherwise open for visitors. It is a beautiful piece of architecture and a good way to escape from the summer heat.

Wat Thammikarat

A versatile and unique temple complex, the Wat Thammikarat in Ayutthaya is certainly a maze runner waiting to be discovered and explored. It is an active monastery, so one can also experience the working of the traditional monastic order and Thai rituals and traditions. The reclining Buddha image at the temple has been revered and worshipped by generations of Thai people. The holy bathwater is believed to have previously cured several people of illnesses and ill luck.

Wat Thammikarat is a temple older than the ancient city of Ayutthaya itself. The temple features many Buddha statues, the most notable of which are the bust of Buddha’s head, a 16 metre long reclining Buddha (with gold leaf and mirrors on his toes) and a pure white image of the Buddha in the inner sanctum of the temple. The complex is strategically located for you to plan an itinerary that lets you explore and discover the best of Ayutthaya city. Located close to the Grand Palace, it is revered even by members of the royal family, who are believed to have visited the site extensively.

Million Toy Museum

The Million Toy Museum, located on Uthong Road near Wat Banomyong in the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district, is a unique museum housing a collection of toys, both modern and antique, in a two-storey colourful building. This beautiful place of amusement has been designed into sections like the past and the present. Few best of exhibits at this museum are life-size statues of Ultraman, Superman, Atom-Boy, And Yoda from Star Wars. The Million Toy Museum has a souvenir shop inside for tourists to buy mementoes of the museum from. There is also a coffee shop which is very cosy and a lovely restaurant right outside the museum along with a beautiful garden around it.

The Million Toy Museum was established by Krirk Yoonpun, a children’s literary professor. Inspired by the Tin Toy Museum in Japan, he constructed the Million Toy Museum here in Ayutthaya. The museum features the evolution of toys over several generations, with the second floor even showcasing tin toys from the 1800s.

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