Wat Mahathat Tha Wa Su Kri Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Thailand
The whole site covers an area of approximately 70 square kilometers and is divided into multiple zones. The central zone contains the majority of the ruins and a museum. Maps are free at the ticket office. Mat Mahathat is one of the most spectacular. There are ruins spread at every few meters but there are a few significant sites which must not be missed and to be planned in such a way that you get to spend more time there.
Ayutthaya Historical Park Pratuchai Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Thailand
World Heritage: Ayutthaya (2 days and many rolls of film) On your way back down from the north, swing past this World Heritage Site. Once Thailands capital city in the 14th – 18th Century, it was burnt and pillaged by the Burmese about 400 years ago. You can wander the ruins and climb the temples that still remain today, and take in the morbid beheaded Buddha statues. Witness the Head of Buddha which is enveloped by twists of tree roots, but be sure to hunch over and not stand higher than its height as a sign of respect. Afterwards, pop into the museum or eat your way through the food market. Personally, I was in rapture when I happened upon the cute and kitsch clothes/accessories market by the Ayutthaya Hotel!
Wat Lokaya Sutharam Pratuchai Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Thailand
After Mahathat we also visited Wat Lokayasutharam, which has a 32-meter long reclining statue of the Buddha, and then Wat Phanan Choeng, on the east bank of Chao Phraya river . This temple houses a 19-meter high gilded statue of Buddha, called the Luang Pho Tho, dating back to 1334. The statue is revered by the Thais and the Chinese, and is a popular site to visit in the park.