Ayutthaya Historical Park – World Heritage Site

Ayutthaya, or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, was once the capital of Thailand (known as Siam back then) and considered the most spectacular place on Earth. In the 1700s, Ayutthaya was the largest and wealthiest city in Asia with 1,700 temples and over 4,000 golden Buddha statues. In 1767, all this came to an end during the Burmese invasion, and the city was almost completely destroyed. UNESCO has granted the spectacular ruins that now remain World Heritage status.

Ayutthaya is about 80 km north of Bangkok, and for as little as 60 baht you can go there by minivan from Victory Monument BTS (Skytrain). To find the van zone, head out of the BTS station at exit 4 and ask your way.

Also read: No More Minivans from Victory Monuments from October 25, 2016

The Historical Park is huge (see the map further down on this page), and some people rent bicycles on arrival. We hired a tuk-tuk, and the driver showed us a map of the park, and we told him what temples we wanted to see. We came here for the temples that appear in the movies Mortal Kombat and Kickboxer with Jean-Claude Van Damme. Yay! We visited six different temples, but there are over 20 impressive temples here.

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Wat Chaiwatthanaram, situated by the Chao Phraya River, appears in the movie Mortal Kombat. The temple was constructed in 1630 by the King Prasat Thong. The central prang (reliquary tower) is believed to contain relics of the Lord Buddha.