In its heyday, Ayutthaya was home to more than 400 temples. Today, most of the main historical sites here are concentrated on the "island," with ancient ruins interspersed with the modern buildings that have risen around them. The Ayutthaya Historical Park lies in the center of the island, but the sites below are just a few of many, and a guide who can offer historical context is helpful (you’ll find well-reviewed guides at GetYourGuide.com and Viator.com).

Most temples sell tickets from 8am (opening time) until 4:30pm and close at 5pm. If you plan to visit several temples, there is a six-in-one package pass that costs 220B available at all temples; it grants access to the six main temples, saving 80B per person. Though you can’t go inside the temples after dark, several of the exteriors are dramatically lit at night, and worth seeing on their own. Hotels can arrange night tours to look at these illuminations. Brightly caparisoned elephants are on hand for short rides around the center of the ancient city, but consider the ethics before hopping on for a ride. Be sure to give the Inter Market (near the Floating Market) a miss; it’s a heartbreaking display of mistreated animals.
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