Dating back to 1350, Ayutthaya was established and was considered the second capital of Siam Kingdom or Thailand as it is now. After 400 years of governing, the city was demolished during the war. The city is renowned for its historical park that has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The ruins are the remnants of how prosperous Ayutthaya once was. Let’s dive into its vivid history and relive it with your own eyes.
Whilst the historical park is a huge thing that people come to visit, there is a lot more Ayutthaya can offer. Visitors can visit local communities, nearby cities and natural scenery for an exclusive experience. The Muslim community in Ayutthaya is renowned for its unique identity. They are often associated with traditional snacks like Roti Saimai (A cotton candy wrapped in roti dough) and goat’s milk. Join a local expert and bring home something different with you.
7 popular local things to do in Ayutthaya
1. Temple Tour
Ayutthaya is a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site, thus, there are a lot of temples you can visit here. Visit Wat Phrasrisanphet Temple and Wat Mongkhonbophit Temple, which are both heritage sites. Or visit Wat Mahathat Temple where you can see the special Buddha head in the tree. Or you can visit Wat Chaiwattanaram if you want a view of a temple beside the river. Ayutthaya has so many temples waiting for you to go and explore.
When you come to Ayutthaya, don’t miss your chance to visit Wat Phranuncheng, where you can see the Biggest Buddha in the world here. Wat Phranuncheng is different from other temples in a way that it is “living.” If you visit the temple at the right time, you might even get to see a ceremony (like changing robe of the big Buddha) taking place.
Interested in knowing more about the history of this ancient capital city? Then this is the right place to visit! After you come out of the Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre, you will be a true Ayutthaya expert.
Ayutthaya is really famous for its roti-sai-mai, also known as Thai traditional cotton candy crepe. Roti-sai-mai is like a sweet version of a burrito, where we put shreds of cotton candy on a flat crepe, roll it up, and eat it. At Ayutthaya, you can actually see how cotton candy is made and taste roti-sai-mai that are made fresh for you!
Cycling through the ancient city of Ayutthaya and its countryside is a perfect way to explore the real, non-touristy side of Ayutthaya. In addition to visiting the typical tourist attractions, you will get to explore local lifestyle that cannot easily be experienced anywhere else.
Going out with an elephant for a day; doesn’t that sound wonderful? Yes, indeed! It is a rare opportunity that you can actually spend time hanging out with elephants. See them performing a show; feed them; take care of them just like they’re your best friend. Are you ready to hang out with your cute friend?
End your day by dining at a riverside restaurant, enjoying seafood whilst watching the sunset.