Discover Ayutthaya Historical Park - Bangkok
For a dose of serenity and culture, Trip Guru suggests that you stop by Thailand and experience Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unique to Ayutthaya is the abundance of ancient temples and contemplate over the ruins left behind when it burned to the ground. Trek to Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon and experience transcendence upon seeing the Golden Buddha and rejuvenate your soul by photographing the reclining Buddha, relaxing amongst monks scurrying to and fro.
If you’re the type of tourist who loves experiencing the city but doesn’t want a strict itinerary, explore Ayutthaya by bike, with tours starting at 6pm. Experience the serenity of Ayutthaya Historical Park, which has no entrance fee and features a Buddha’s head trapped within trees. In the afternoon, take a boat to see the city island, featuring stops such as Wat Phanan Choeng and view the changing of the Buddha’s robes. While you’re in Ayutthaya, and visiting Buddhist temples, don’t forget to return a wai. Practice this gesture and return it—the hands are together in front, and your head is slightly bowed. Only monks and the king are exempted from this rule, and it is considered rude not to return it.
Some interesting museums are the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, the second-largest museum in Thailand. Enjoy and photograph antique Buddha images, religious objects made from gold and lavishly decorated in precious jewels. You can also enjoy a dose of nostalgia while visiting a museum dedicated to toys, collected for 25 years by Krirk Yoonpun.
Visit Ayutthaya by using a minivan from Victory Monument that travels to the Ayutthaya park mall. Plan your day trip as early as dawn, as around 12:00nn it gets unbearably hot. Take a lunch break along a cool spot near the river and trek on in the afternoon. The temples close around 5pm, a perfect time to travel to a night market for souvenirs before returning home. To get to the toy museum, you can take a tuk-tuk. Head to Naresuan road, go west until Chikun road, then head north, where Wat Mahathat is across the street. Go to Uthong, cross the road and head west, you’ll see it on your right, just past Khlong Tho. It’s open from 9am to 4pm.