The Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, also called as Ayutthaya, is one of the
most glorious regions in Thailand situated between three rivers. Ayutthaya is
considered as the most wonderful, mighty, cultural and prosperous city in
UNESCO has declared Ayutthaya as
a World Heritage Site. There are
numerous popular Buddhist shrines, temples and monasteries in Ayutthaya.
Prominent among these include Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, Wat Suwandararam
Ratchaworawihan, Wat Suan Luang Sopsawan, Wat Phra Mahathat and Wat Ratburana.
Another famous tourist destination is the Thai Boat Museum, which
has a large and impressive collection of Thai and Chinese boats and liners made
of teak. Suan Somdet is a public park that contains several archeological ruins
and plant species that have reference in ancient Thai Literature.
One of the most enthralling
destinations of Ayutthaya is the Royal Palace or the Old Palace. Other places of interest in the region
include the Diamond Fort, Chankasem, Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, Japanese
village, Elephant Kraal Pavilion, Khun Phan House and Bang Pa-in Summer Palace.
Information about the history of the province, arts and culture, traditions as
well as the lifestyle of the locals can be obtained at the Ayutthaya Historical
Study center, Ayutthaya Studies Institute and Ayutthaya Historical Park.
There are several routes to reach Ayutthaya. Tourists can hire a car
from Bangkok. Ordinary buses run
between the Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal and Ayutthaya's main terminal.
Air-conditioned buses and trains to Ayutthaya leaving for Bangkok's Hua
Lamphong Station are also available. There are several restaurants around
serving Thai, Chinese, French and European cuisines.