Transcending time via Ayutthaya’s incredible preservation
Once a glorious town shouting of high-rise historic temples and hordes of cultural edifices, the huge vast of land called Ayutthaya have emerged to be one of the world’s best uprising economies.
Fully-restored from its olden roots, the city is now thriving to be an enthusiastic town of commerce, trade and industry. Ayutthaya is now laden with temples that are given the revamp it deserves, lots of markets selling local goods and products dotting every street corner and locals here and there doing their daily businesses.
Due to colonization from different nationalities before, diplomatic and organized government is said to run Ayutthaya on its modern version and laces of culture have been instilled even after so many years of development. If you’re planning a trip that would focus on both culture and modern sights, then set your path directing to Ayutthaya.
Found as far back as 1350, Ayutthaya is specifically situated in the Valley of Chao Phraya River and is strategically surrounded by equally huge cities and inlets in Thailand.
Despite its almost 5.74-square miles of land scope, the city of Ayutthaya is currently being inhabited by almost 55,000 locals.
Ayutthaya is situated 64 kilometers from the capital city of Bangkok. Truthfully, Ayutthaya is Thailand’s one treasured city due to the fact that this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ayutthaya, like the rest of its mother country Thailand, is under the tropical climate, according to known weather classifying outfit, Koppen. As how we all have known tropical, temperatures are generally balanced within the year, with a noticeable wet season and plentiful of sunshine hours.
Annually, Ayutthaya’s warm months are during February until August with all-time high records of 96-degrees Fahrenheit. If you want to avoid wet moments, then refrain from visiting the city during September as precipitation can measure as high as 7 meters of collected rainfall. Ayutthaya is a land of numerous sunshine hours, which is averaging 8-10 hours of sunshine per year.
There are various options for you to reach Ayutthaya due to its location and proximity to Bangkok. Travelers would have the option to subscribe travel via car, boat, bus and railway systems.
From Bangkok, just jump on the train and get tickets for you to be transported to Ayutthaya on scheduled times. If you’d be traveling by bus, be reminded of the Northern Bus Terminal since this is where it’s best to catch trips that will lead you exactly to Ayutthaya.
Bus trips can take about 1.5 to 2 hours for just 30 Baht. Once inside the majestic town, there are several local modes of transportation such as tuk-tuk, songtaew, mini buses and even bicycles.
What to See
Wat Phra Mahathat
We normally see Buddha statues situated on inglorious temples and sanctuaries, but the legendary Wat Phra Mahathat defies all stereotypes. Built as far back as 1374, the sandstone Buddha head entangled on a tree’s roots is one of the most visited landmarks in Ayutthaya.
Aside from this obscure placement of the Buddha’s head, you’d also be able to feast your eyes to the throng of headless Buddha images within a shoulder’s reach from the twisted on the roots Buddha head.
Ayutthaya Floating Market
Maybe you have seen this place on Hollywood movies and the Ayutthaya Floating Market deserves all the glamour and attention.
Here, you’d be able to purchase local goods, snacks, artworks and spices on local prices via vendors sitting on floating makeshift boats.
This place is usually and daily crowded every single day not only by tourists but by locals as well.
Million Toy Museum
Collated and taken care of by professor Krirk Yoonpun, the Million Toy Museum is an assortment of different types of toys from all over the world that are enclosed on glass cases for better visual appeal.
Aside from the impressive collection, you’d also be able to witness how locals have preserved some of Buddhist amulets and old Thai stuff such as currencies and coins.
As what the name denotes, the Japanese Village is actually a museum, which depicted a time in history wherein Japanese locals have lived on the Ayutthaya’s soil.
Made to be an interactive museum, visitors would be able to witness live performances every day, so as oil paintings made by Dutch artists showing the look of Ayutthaya’s old city.
What to see in Ayutthaya