Ancient Ayutthaya in Photos

We are trippin’ through the ancient capital of Siam, Ayutthaya in photos.

Kieu & I decided to take a break from Bangkok and explore the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Siam, Ayutthaya.ย What was once the biggest city in the world in 1700, was destroyed and burnt to the ground by the Burmese later that century.

Here are some shots of what remained.

Ayutthaya buddha Ayutthaya ruins Headless Buddha

Headless Buddha Statues Headless Buddha statues, Wat Mahathat

Kieu Ayutthaya

Entwined Buddha head in tree Buddha’s head entwined in tree rootsย Wat Mahathat
(how the heck did they get that in there?!)

golden buddha ayutthaya

Reclining Buddha Ayutthaya Wat Chai Mongkol’s Reclining Buddha statue

We also visited the Bang Pa-in Summer Palace which was the summer retreat for the royal court in the 17th century. This place has beautiful architecture with Chinese, Italian & gothic inspiration.

Summer Palace Ba-in Bang Pa-In elephants

Ho Withun Thasana Sages’ Lookout (Ho Withun Thasana)

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Have you visited Ayutthaya? What was your favorite part?

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  • http://www.scenewithahart.com Fidel Hart

    Awesome pictures! As I plan my trip to Thailand in a couple weeks, I was considering whether to go to Ayutthaya or Sukhothai. I chose the later because it takes me north and I haven’t seen or read as much about it, so I felt it would be more of a surprise feeling. I love the images I see of Ayutthaya and maybe I can take a day trip there from BKK. Did you stay overnight or just day trip it?

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      It was just a day trip and we booked it from Viator. It was a good break from the hustle & bustle of BKK. We can’t WAIT for Thailand ourselves. April can’t come any sooner.

  • http://www.scenewithahart.com/ Fidel

    Awesome pictures! As I plan my trip to Thailand in a couple weeks, I was considering whether to go to Ayutthaya or Sukhothai. I chose the later because it takes me north and I haven’t seen or read as much about it, so I felt it would be more of a surprise feeling. I love the images I see of Ayutthaya and maybe I can take a day trip there from BKK. Did you stay overnight or just day trip it?

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      It was just a day trip and we booked it from Viator. It was a good break from the hustle & bustle of BKK. We can’t WAIT for Thailand ourselves. April can’t come any sooner.

  • http://twitter.com/thatbackpacker Audrey Bergner

    Love the shots! I keep adding more and more places to my “must-visit” list for Thailand. This is one of them!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Audrey! I find myself doing the same. So glad that Q & I will have more than the 4 days last time we had in Thailand. This time we have a whole month, so can’t wait to see everything else Thailand has to offer. When are you headed there?

  • http://twitter.com/thatbackpacker Audrey Bergner

    Love the shots! I keep adding more and more places to my “must-visit” list for Thailand. This is one of them!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Audrey! I find myself doing the same. So glad that Q & I will have more than the 4 days last time we had in Thailand. This time we have a whole month, so can’t wait to see everything else Thailand has to offer. When are you headed there?

  • http://www.aswetravel.com Sofia – As We Travel

    We went to Ayutthaya last year around this time, had a really great time there. The ruins are beautiful but it was so hot walking around there in the middle of the day!

    They had some Heritage festival on at the time we were there which made the whole city really come alive with beauty contests and things like that.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Seeing their Heritage festival would’ve been cool indeed. That hot weather always made me crave for a cold thai iced tea or maybe Singha beer. I wonder how much more we could’ve seen if we had more than 1 day there.

  • http://www.aswetravel.com/ Sofia – As We Travel

    We went to Ayutthaya last year around this time, had a really great time there. The ruins are beautiful but it was so hot walking around there in the middle of the day!

    They had some Heritage festival on at the time we were there which made the whole city really come alive with beauty contests and things like that.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Seeing their Heritage festival would’ve been cool indeed. That hot weather always made me crave for a cold thai iced tea or maybe Singha beer. I wonder how much more we could’ve seen if we had more than 1 day there.

  • Anonymous

    Love the pictures! Captures the “historic” feel to the area ๐Ÿ™‚ Last time, we just had a 12 hour layover in Bangkok. Bummer we won’t make it there this year. Maybe next year for another visit. In the meantime, I’ll look to you to help identify the good places to go ๐Ÿ™‚

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks! Can you believe these pictures were taken with a 4MP camera at the time? We only had 4 days in BKK, 1 spent here. We’ll have much more tips after next April. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • idelish

    Love the pictures! Captures the “historic” feel to the area ๐Ÿ™‚ Last time, we just had a 12 hour layover in Bangkok. Bummer we won’t make it there this year. Maybe next year for another visit. In the meantime, I’ll look to you to help identify the good places to go ๐Ÿ™‚

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks! Can you believe these pictures were taken with a 4MP camera at the time? We only had 4 days in BKK, 1 spent here. We’ll have much more tips after next April. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • http://www.tendtotravel.com/ Amer @ TendToTravel

    amazing photos! I’ve forgotten that Bangkok is also famous for its age-old attractions. Though lived only next door to Thailand (Malaysia), I’m feeling ashamed that I’ve never step a foot on the beautiful Thai soil yet! Hopefully I will do soon!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      So many things in Thailand! We’re also making a stop in Malaysia! We have about a week there, so we’re thinking Penang and KL. Any must do or see tips, pass em our way!

  • http://www.tendtotravel.com/ Amer @ TendToTravel

    amazing photos! I’ve forgotten that Bangkok is also famous for its age-old attractions. Though lived only next door to Thailand (Malaysia), I’m feeling ashamed that I’ve never step a foot on the beautiful Thai soil yet! Hopefully I will do soon!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      So many things in Thailand! We’re also making a stop in Malaysia! We have about a week there, so we’re thinking Penang and KL. Any must do or see tips, pass em our way!

  • http://www.crazysexyfuntraveler.com/ Crazy sexy fun traveler

    Never got a chance to visit Ayutthaya as it was flooded when I was there. Thanks for the photos, I can visit it now at least through them ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Anytime! We actually visited a couple years back. The recent flood news reminded me of the Ancient city, I figured I had to share. I thought that day trip to Ayutthaya almost wasn’t worth the trip, now I’m really glad we got to go.

  • http://www.crazysexyfuntraveler.com/ Crazy sexy fun traveler

    Never got a chance to visit Ayutthaya as it was flooded when I was there. Thanks for the photos, I can visit it now at least through them ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Anytime! We actually visited a couple years back. The recent flood news reminded me of the Ancient city, I figured I had to share. I thought that day trip to Ayutthaya almost wasn’t worth the trip, now I’m really glad we got to go.

  • Yo11kt

    Nice summary. We’re planning on going in February. Would you recommend Viator? Also, how much free time did you have at Ayutthaya on your own away from the tour.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      For the day tour to Ayutthaya from Bangkok yes. They’re low-cost and reliable. Not much free time to be honest. Once you hit the sites, you have 30 min to an hour to be free to roam the sites once you get there. The day tour also includes a river cruise with thai buffet.

  • Yo11kt

    Nice summary. We’re planning on going in February. Would you recommend Viator? Also, how much free time did you have at Ayutthaya on your own away from the tour.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      For the day tour to Ayutthaya from Bangkok yes. They’re low-cost and reliable. Not much free time to be honest. Once you hit the sites, you have 30 min to an hour to be free to roam the sites once you get there. The day tour also includes a river cruise with thai buffet.

  • http://www.worldwildtravel.com Thomas

    Love the photos – especially the Buddhaโ€™s head entwined in tree roots Wat Mahathat. Reminds me of trees at Ta Prohm in Angkor.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      We’ll be heading to Angkor on this trip! Any tips?

      • http://www.worldwildtravel.com Thomas

        Not sure how you’re getting to Angkor, but if you’re coming from Phnom Penh, take a boat instead of a bus if you can. I took the bus and it was the bumpiest ride I had ever been on. Also, give yourself plenty of time. Many people think there are just a couple of sites to see, but there’s a lot. You’ll need at least 2 full days. As with many ‘touristy’ sites, go early to avoid the crowds.

  • http://www.worldwildtravel.com/ Thomas Dembie

    Love the photos – especially the Buddhaโ€™s head entwined in tree roots Wat Mahathat. Reminds me of trees at Ta Prohm in Angkor.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      We’ll be heading to Angkor on this trip! Any tips?

      • http://www.worldwildtravel.com/ Thomas Dembie

        Not sure how you’re getting to Angkor, but if you’re coming from Phnom Penh, take a boat instead of a bus if you can. I took the bus and it was the bumpiest ride I had ever been on. Also, give yourself plenty of time. Many people think there are just a couple of sites to see, but there’s a lot. You’ll need at least 2 full days. As with many ‘touristy’ sites, go early to avoid the crowds.

  • http://stevenlowetravels.wordpress.com/ SL

    Just started reading your fine blog. Nice!
    As an ex-expat (or considered a local in some circles) in the land of smiles, I recommend ditching the day tours and stay the night in Ayutthaya. Be independent! You’ll get a real feel of what life’s like in this quaint town without feeling like the rest of the sweaty tourists being herded around. A few minutes to roam around barely qualifies as a mark off your bucket list. Of course reality will hit when you’re overcharged like the tourist you are at the trinket shops and park entrance (fees.)
    BTW, if you’re wondering about the headless (in some case handless) buddha statues, you’ll find them in museum collections and private collections. It always bothers the hell out me me seeing missing limbs whenever I go to a temple.

    Feel free to contact me for (almost) any other Thailand related tips.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      oOo.. Thanks for the heads up! This time we will have more than just 4 days to explore Thailand. Lol. 1 month to be exact. Yea.. those headless buddha scare the crap out of me too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • http://stevenlowetravels.wordpress.com/ SL

    Just started reading your fine blog. Nice!
    As an ex-expat (or considered a local in some circles) in the land of smiles, I recommend ditching the day tours and stay the night in Ayutthaya. Be independent! You’ll get a real feel of what life’s like in this quaint town without feeling like the rest of the sweaty tourists being herded around. A few minutes to roam around barely qualifies as a mark off your bucket list. Of course reality will hit when you’re overcharged like the tourist you are at the trinket shops and park entrance (fees.)
    BTW, if you’re wondering about the headless (in some case handless) buddha statues, you’ll find them in museum collections and private collections. It always bothers the hell out me me seeing missing limbs whenever I go to a temple.

    Feel free to contact me for (almost) any other Thailand related tips.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      oOo.. Thanks for the heads up! This time we will have more than just 4 days to explore Thailand. Lol. 1 month to be exact. Yea.. those headless buddha scare the crap out of me too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • LAbackpackerChick

    Are you guys coming back to Thailand or Malaysia? Would love to meet up with you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      No I’m afraid not.. ๐Ÿ™ We’re off to Japan and will be making our way down to Vietnam. Where are you now?

  • LAbackpackerChick

    Are you guys coming back to Thailand or Malaysia? Would love to meet up with you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      No I’m afraid not.. ๐Ÿ™ We’re off to Japan and will be making our way down to Vietnam. Where are you now?

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