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Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Ayutthaya, Thailand: Remains of a Great Market, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Situated at a perfect location which makes it central to much of the world’s trader-nations, Ayutthaya—Siam’s second capital following Sukhothai—was the world’s center of trade. In its perfect location in the South East region of Asia, Thailand’s Ayutthaya has the Malay Archipelago, India, and China as its major trading partners while to the rest of the world, it includes European nations such as France, Netherlands, and Portugal, as well as the Arab World.

At the time, the great city of trade was a fascination among its Western partners who saw its lively ceremonies, glittering infrastructures, and numerous floating vessels as things of fancy when describing the place.

Founded in 1350 as a city, Ayutthaya, Thailand held its title as a major hub for commerce for a long while, even earning the worldwide label of being the largest city by 1700, until the invasion of the Burmese forces which ransacked the city into ruins in 1767.

For a thriving city which employ materials that are easily burnt—like wood—much of Ayutthaya was destroyed when Burma attacked the city and whose aftermath left only infrastructures made of stone standing. Mainly, only reliquary towers or prang and big monasteries survived the onslaught that put a once-great city into nothing but a memory to those who had seen it first-hand.

Since then, the one’s bustling city has never recovered its status as a significant trading capital of the world—let alone in ancient Siam—and whose remains to this day only showcase a tiny percentage of what had been the world’s trading city.


Most guests at Wat Chaiwatthanaram would wear traditional Thai Attire. Costumes are available for rent right in front of the location 

Modern-day Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya inevitably lost its capital city status eventually across the subsequent history of Siam, culminating in the tourist-heavy Bangkok as it. Despite losing its lofty status arising from the ravaging in underwent, the city retains a very significant part of Siam’s history which led it to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

While much of Ayutthaya has already gone through transformations as dictated by modernity, what is left from its former self still makes for a great interest to tourists. As such, the “wats” or the temples make a centerpiece of any visit to the once-grand city—most of them in the ruined state which tells a story which emanates from the long, long past.

Places that are worthy of people’s attention within Ayutthaya, Thailand include:

  • Wat Phra Mahathat: Renowned for having the Buddha head entangled within the roots of a Banyan tree
  • The Grand Palace or Wat Phra Si Sanphet: The largest temple in Ayuthaya, Thailand
  • Wat Chaiwattaranaram: A temple which manages to maintain a picturesque status at a certain angle despite its somewhat ruined state
  • Wat Buddhaisawan: the home to the reclining Buddha

Coming from a country which is situated in the tropical region of the world, it is mostly hot and humid in Ayutthaya, Thailand year-round. If you cannot stand the heat and would prefer some time cooler, however, the months of November until January makes for an ideal timeframe to make the visit.


Jojoy, the Traveling Mask, held by this little girl in traditional Thai outfit at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayuttaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya, Thailand List of  Tourist Attractions


Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayuttaya, Thailand

Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayuttaya, Thailand

This place serves as a remnant of the grand past of the ancient Ayuthaya Kingdom. This majestic Buddhist temple inspired using Khmer architecture is best to visit during sunset, right when all the lights in the cities are starting to be on.

Wat Ratchaburana, Ayuttaya, Thailand

A place built out of brotherly love; this is the best description to use for this place. Established for the brothers Ay and Yi by King Noromracha II, this place served as their resting place. The mixture of architecture used in this place makes it even more undeniably beautiful.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Ayuttaya, Thailand

This place which is also known as the King’s temple is probably one of the most historical ones for it served as the resting place of an ancient royal family. Nowadays, what can be seen here is the remaining foundation of it due to the Burmese destruction. Still, it still deserves a visit.

Wat Suwan Dararam, Ayuttaya, Thailand

This temple now is the perfect place for the artists for it showcases different paintings that focuses on Buddha as the subject. Moreover, this temple currently serves as the abode of the monks.


The well-photographed Buddha head in Wat Mahathat, Ayuttaya, Thailand

Wat Mahathat, Ayuttaya, Thailand

This might be one of the areas which you want to visit because of the famous Buddha face in the middle of the tree. Established during the time of King Ramesuan way back in 1384, it houses a discovered secret chamber that contains tons of wealth along with a relic of Buddha.


Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Ayuttaya, Thailand

Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Ayuttaya, Thailand

This place was built and was assigned to the Sri Lankan monks. The humongous reclining Buddha will be the scene to greet you as you enter the area. You may also opt for some walking at the top part to witness a magnificent view.

Wat Na Phra Men, Ayuttaya, Thailand

What makes this place uniquely intriguing is that its origin cannot be determined. Also, it was able to withstand the test of ancient war as well as time. Thus, making it still, intricately exists until now.


Wat Thammikarat, Ayuttaya, Thailand

Wat Thammikarat, Ayuttaya, Thailand

This place houses ruins of a structure that is consists of lion and rooster statues. It might have succumbed to the test of time, but the remaining beauty of it is still evident as manifested by the discovered displays of figures.

Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, Ayuttaya, Thailand

Built in the year 1961 by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, this museum surrounded by lily ponds is a must place to go if you would like to know the history of the place better. It houses a collection of ancient artworks, statues, and jewelry. A Buddha statue is also a highlight of the area.

Bang Pa-in Palace

Bang Pa-in Palace, Ayuttaya, Thailand

Bang Pa-in Palace, Ayuttaya, Thailand

This is commonly known as the Summer Palace. This well-preserved and maintained temple serves as the royal abode of the royal family. The Victorian vibes of the palace are enough for you to take a visit and see its grandeur.

Elephant Stay

Well, this might be more interesting since you will get to interact with an elephant. All you have to do is the book for your reservation, probably three days since that is the minimum, and get to enjoy the place plus take good care of the elephants. This is a form of adventure and an immersion.

Foreign Quarters, Ayuttaya, Thailand

The ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya flourished so much so that different countries came here and made part of the history. That’s why it is no wonder that they have the various quarters, the place where foreigners, specifically British, Dutch, French, Japanese and Portuguese stayed way back.

Chedi Phu Khao Thong

Chedi Phu Khao Thong, Ayuttaya, Thailand

Various Packages for Ayuthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya, Thailand 2-Day Private Tour from Bangkok

Price PHP 4,822

 This is an overnight tour from Bangkok which will enable you to explore the cultural scene of Ayuttaya, Thailand. Among other things that you can experience through this tour is Pattaya’s Floating market; explore the palace grounds of former Thai kings at the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace; Ayutthaya’s major temples: Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, and more!

This tour covers transportation from your hotel to the sites.

Book Ayutthaya 2-Day Private Tour from Bangkok here 

Ayutthaya, Thailand Day Tour with Sunset Boat Ride from Bangkok: Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Wat Lokayasutharam & More

Price PHP 2,453

 This tour will take you to experience the following: 17th-century summer palace; a fusion of Italian, Thai, and Chinese architecture; Wat Lokayasutharam; a huge reclining Buddha covered in saffron robes;  search the famous Buddha head entwined in tree roots at Wat Mahathat ; Ayutthaya Floating Market; Wat Phra Si Sanphet,and  sunset boat ride.

Book Ayutthaya Day Tour with Sunset Boat Ride from Bangkok: Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Wat Lokayasutharam & More here

Ancient Ayutthaya, Thailand Tour by AK

Price PHP 1523

This tour will let you experience and see the following:  Reclining Buddha statue at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon;   Wat Mahatat; Wat Phra Si Sanphet, boasting the title of “the grandest temple in Ayutthaya.”, and Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Thailand’s well-known Buddhist emblem.

Book Ancient Ayutthaya Tour by AK here

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  1. Christy Mae francisco

    I can motivate my classsmate as a leader to have a good sense,respect, and cooperation if everyone can have this attittude it could be best to consider to have a good or maybe nice relationship with your team/classsmates as will as to your teacher. And i can relate it to the course im taken to differentiate the difference between different cultures that could characterize their own culture and as sense of that we make create and make new ideas in visiting other country that could maybe we can apply it to our selves.

  2. Cagalawan, Rianne Denise and Balibad, Shaira

    I will motivate and encourage my classmates to take notes, to observe and participate in every activities that is going to transpire while on tour at Thailand. I will explain to them how beautiful, valuable and iconic the historical relies and remains of those tremendous buildings, collapsed during the war. Similarly to our beautiful “The Ruins” that we have in Talisay City. We will be learning the thai costume, the way they dress up and their tradition. With due respect to their culture, we need to take off our shoes, fold our hand and bow, as a sign of respect saying “sawadika” (greeting). The activities I will suggest to the teacher in order fot us to learn more, to keep in touch and ask questions to the thai guide learn common words and their culture, dance steps, and observe how they place the picture of their King in all establishments, schools and offices.

  3. Erica Rabotin Estor

    After our trip it was a very good experience to visit the Ayutthaya, Thailand. I will rent and wear their traditional attire or costume to show them respect. The traditional Thai costume is related to my course in Fashion and Apparel. For me, I can relate it to my course in their traditional Thai costume because as a Filipino we have also a traditional costume. By using our course we can create and we can remodel a costume to make a new designs and ideas to to make it appear something new.

    As a leader of the group I will motivate my fellow members to join me to wear the traditional Thai costume to make them feel that comfortable to wear it and to experience also. The activity that I will suggest to my teacher is knowing the different designs and look of the costume the Thailand people.

    Erica Rabotin Estor
    Jenelyn Guarin

  4. Kimberly Maglasang ,Enna Mae Pederiso 3G1

    The things that I’m going to do are research the culture and history of Thailand.As a leader, it’s my duty to inform and help them to navigate the information before going in a certain place.Also promoting how important learning is and inspires them to appreciate the culture and norms of Thailand.Since our main goals as a group and as leader is to have unity and cooperation with each other Which can be obtained through verbal communication within the group and in our surroundings.That way we can gain knowledge and be interested in our field trip.In addition to this we can relate to it’s cultural heritage or history, of traditional thai costume, and giving tribute/respect is very important.Furthermore, the activities that I’m going to suggest to our teacher are, he or she will ask us, on the things we’ve learned during our trip.For example the design of fabrics or how the overall quality of the Thai custom is that we’ve rented.After that we will sketch making our own design resemblance to the Thai custom applying all the learnings we’ve gained.And the student who get a highest point in sketching will receive a certificate of being excellent.And the student who get a highest point in sketching will receive a certificate of being excellent.Wherein after our consultation and sharing a variety of learnings, ideas and new knowledge, the things that we’re going to remember as a whole group/ leader is being responsible, appreciative and have unity.

  5. Canag Rodelina O. BSIT3-G1

    The City of Thailand which the Ayutthaya ground in you can found. For me As a Leader I can encourage my classmate to involve themselves in the said activity.
    First is to have the “Empathy”, that includes everyone’s perspective wherein they can listen and share their own thoughts. Next is to have the ability to be the number 1 supporter in order to boost someone’s capability, then as their leader, I will be attentive enough to tell them that they need to be responsible enough with their actions during the whole trip. Last is to learn, share and know the strength and weaknesses of each other in order to perform well to attain a positive outcome during the activities.
    Then the activities that I’ve suggested to my teacher during the trip is that I want them all to list down everything that we had experienced during that trip. Maybe we can include our most memorable moment and even our weirdest experience.

  6. Clemente, Ma. Arcelie D.

    Culture trip in Ayutthaya

    Our teacher made a task to write a report about our learnings to see if we are listening or coping up to the guide then our teacher suddenly chose me to be the leader of our group. During the tour discussion, our teacher noticed that my group wasn’t cooperating nor listening to the guide. We’re heading to Wat Thammikarat to see the still existing ancient statues of what seem to be a rooster and lions, and other ancient structures, to make the tour more alive and interesting, I talked to our teacher and suggest some activities to do to keep them motivated to learn, to cooperate and to do the task. One of those is we rented some traditional clothes we wore it for the rest of the tour and they liked it they said it feels like they live there and they feel like they’re locals , 2nd is we ask our tour guide to teach us some words or phrases in their own language and it’s really fascinating some of us is fast learner they got it instantly and some can’t speak it properly so we get to laugh and enjoy the tour and we felt so alive, entertained and motivated. After the tour my group are now more cooperative and motivated to do our report, we’ve learned so much and we finished the task on the same day. we did not just go around and see some structures, we learned, we motivate, and we enjoy the culture trip in Thailand.
    Thailand is not just a country with delicious food, Good movie production, beautiful destination they are also rich in culture Ayutthaya is the proof.

    Clemente, Ma. Arcelie D.

  7. Magbanua, Shena L.

    As a leader of the class I will make sure that my classmates will cooperate during our trip. I want them to instill in their minds the purpose of having us there — why we conduct this trip through visiting other country, specifically, Thailand? And that is to acquire knowledge, explore the field of arts, science, literature, architecture and most especially about our course, Fashion and Apparel Technology.
    I will suggest to our teacher the activity that my classmates will get interested into. I will tell my teacher that if possible, aside from writing a report about what we have learned after our trip in Thailand, we will make another activity which is related to our course. We will make a traditional Thai attire like what most guest at Wat Chaiwatthanaram would wear. Also the Thai travelling mask to match the traditional Thai outfit. And to make it more interesting, we will add our own ideas of designs to showcase our creativity.
    In this case, I know for sure that we will all cooperate and eager to learn new things about Ayutthaya, Thailand.

    Name: Magbanua, Shena L.

  8. What initially comes to mind when you think about Thailand? Possibly The Buddha. The Cuisines. The Elephants. The temples. Or perhaps your interests are comparable to those of the popular television series in the Thai genre named Girl from Nowhere and 2gether the Series. Well, when we give it some thought, Thailand is renowned for its intriguing history, cultures, regional foods, writing, and landmarks. Let’s continue our exploration of Ayutthaya, The Kingdom of Siam. Thailand’s capital city is Ayutthaya. Thailand Ayutthaya is magical like you were in ancient times and also wearing their costume was fun it’s like you local in that country. Ayutthaya is once known as one of the most beautiful places in the world because the structures are coved with gold. the place was old but a lot to learn about the place and also the artifacts at their museum, the place was rich with history. Beautiful temple ruins that resemble an ancient city are one of the best cultural attractions.

    Did you know that Thailand is known for its exquisite fabrics and silks? As you can see, there are several apparels and fabric stores located all over. They share our love of fashion. More often than not, they include glossy, brilliant patterns and colors. I like to advise that we create our own traditional dress or that we draw our own designs that are based on Thai culture. For example, Sabai and Ruean Ton. Try to search for some examples online. They are more examples that can serve as inspiration for our work. Do you know about NaRaYa Bag? is a well-known local brand that sells handcrafted bags and pouches made of high-quality cloth. We can create our own NaRaYa Bag as I’ve suggested. See some instructions on how to make it using our supplies and sewing abilities. At least we are capable of making it. Our culture and their culture are different. Religions and Traditions are beautiful. We respect and give importance to we learn in just simple things that are fascinating and amazing.

    As a leader on this field trip was not easy because we can’t control our classmates. Some of them make noises and break away from the group. so I did is to list down the names of those breaking the rules and also talk to them about what consequences if they broke the rules. then when they broke the rules I will tell the teacher what they did on this field trip so that they will face their consequences
    San Jose, Angely Ann B.
    Lo, Mark Anthony R.

  9. Tagros, Kim Verlie Joy T.

    The visiting in Wat Suwan Dararam, Ayutthaya Thailand was so amazing. As what i have seen there a lot of spectacular paintings that mismarized me and that was made by the famous artists in Thailand. In that place, the monks also have been temporarily stay there because they have made encouraged to see the buddha paints in the temple and their purpose was to keep inspiring the artists especially the youth to continue doing what is best for them and to God. In that sense, Monks are the best follower of Buddha. They are highly well-trained in every aspect in life, perfect formation as to speak.

    However, As a leader in the group, i will share my thoughts to them, what i have learned and what i have been asked for the monks. I will motivate my fellow classmates to be optimistic to pursue and continue their desire to achieve their goals. I suggest to my teachers that we will keep spearheading the artworks of Design clothes of Fashion and Apparel as a leader i want to encourage them to be the top model in Asia in terms of cultural paintings including our history and our beliefs. This will make also my fellow classmates to be motivated as well by doing some activities like exhibits for us to be known.

  10. Pia Marie S.Dialing

    As students, we are struggling with issues that we never talked about with our parents, teacher, and even to our friends. And this activity will help us not just deal with learning but also deal with our experience on this trip. I would like to suggest to my teacher that it is placed based on immersion. The class will spend time in Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Ayuttaya, Thailand not just observing but engaging the locals so that they can get inspiration in our project designing clothes, and might allow us to reflect and motivate us to learn different skills. Also to prompt not just to our co-student to go to Thailand to also other people to go visit by the social . These activities were not just to enjoy but also an opportunity for us students to gain new adventures in life and meet different people and cultures to inspire us.
    By: Pia Marie S. Dialing

  11. Altamera, Jan Crystal M.

    First I will communicate to my classmate to encourage them to share there ideas and thoughts each of everyone of us on how to investigate to get some information about their culture and beliefs. before exploring some important things in Ayutthaya to avoid miscommunication and misunderstanding and somehow we can organize the things that we need to do and plan for future activities that we wanted to make. And I will give a positive feedback for their thoughts and ideas to make them selves more confident and wanting them to seek for more informations about culture & beliefs in that place

  12. In Ayutthaya, you can discover other cultures, revel in them, and foster cross-cultural understanding. To maintain cooperation and togetherness while sharing and participating in activities, the group’s leader must divide the group into categories for exploration and activity. The students in the discover category must first learn about the wonders of Ayutthaya, while in the engage category, everyone is required to take part in various tasks that will be assigned throughout the program. In order to analyze each student’s learning and evaluate their knowledge through careful observation, I must also make suggestions for a variety of competencies following the event or conduct reflections.

  13. Wilfred santillan

    As I look at the place could eat chaiwatthanaram I feel nostalgic as if I’m is place called dream land. I have imagine walking along the place feeling relax and happy while looking on the beautiful structure.

  14. Wow. There are so many temples in Thailand. I saw only Temple of the Reclining Buddha & Temple of the Emerald Buddha. They were simply stunning

  15. This is an absolutely beautiful place ! I love all the pictures! I can not wait to visit Thailand!

  16. OMG! I am so envious of your job being a travel blogger Jojo, you’re traveling the world and I am so amazed at how you gather these pieces of information for your reader. You are such an amazing blogger. Kepp it up!!!

  17. I love Thailand so much! It is so inspiring and always helps to recharge.

  18. I will surely visit this place. I already booked a flight this summer. Thank you so much for this guide. I’m a big fan The Happy Trip!!!

  19. I so miss Thailand!!! Yes, Ayutthaya is one of my favorite places in Thailand. The history and culture are just amazing.

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