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Ayuthaya is the site of restored ruins from Thailand's previous capitol. It is similar to the ruins at Sukhothai, but not as old, and with a different architectural style. It is heavily visited by tourists, since it is less than 2 hours from Bangkok. The ruins are a little spread out, so it pays to hire a driver for the day (about 800 baht, maybe...).

Cathay HotelMy guidebook said the hotel was small and dirty, and it was right. It was ok for one night, but it would have been just as easy to make the day trip from Bangkok.

Elephants on the streetThere's an elephant "stable" where tourists can feed elephants, or even take a ride. Riding elephants is one of those things that after you do it once, you check it off in your book-of-life, and then you never want to do it again.

Ayuthaya Historical ParkOf course, there's the historical park, which is very cool to explore. Like I said, it is a little spread out, but you can hire a driver at the bus station.

Ayuthaya Historical ParkWell, there isn't much I can say about every picture, except that there are many temples to see, and they tend to be spread out over the city.

Ayuthaya Historical ParkAt a lot of the temples, you can climb around and explore without worrying about burdensome safety devices.

Ayuthaya Historical ParkThere's a charge (of course) for visiting the temples, but each site has it's own fee, as opposed to charging one big amount to see the entire park. If you are on a tour, this will usually be taken care of for you.

Ayuthaya Historical ParkYou can get a decent view of the countryside from the tallest monuments.

Ayuthaya Historical ParkThe temples have been restored by the Fine Arts Department, and so you will often see new materials supporting the original stone blocks. Sometimes this is in the form of concrete, or new laterite blocks, but it generally does not detract from the overall atmosphere of the park.

Ayuthaya Historical ParkAt some of the outlying sites, you do not see as many tour groups.


This page was updated January 27, 2012