Identified as one of the most impressive temples in Ayutthaya, Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a Khmer-style, majestic royal temple that the royal family used.
After its construction in 1630, Wat Chaiwatthanaram has become one of the most commanding landmarks in the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. The Khmer-style prang – which was built to honour Buddhism and the King’s mother – that towers over other surrounding smaller prangs is a sight to see as it gives visitors a glimpse of ancient Ayutthaya’s majesty. Inside are galleries and spots that feature art pieces that depict Buddhist beliefs and Ayutthaya’s history. The place is remarkably serene – you can just stay here, marvel at the view of the complex, linger on the grounds, and you can truly feel at peace.
Wat Chaiwatthanaram is located inside Ayutthaya National Park, in an island surrounded by Pa Sak, Chao Phraya, and Lopburi Rivers.
Opening Days and Hours
The place is open daily from 8:30 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance fee per tourist is USD 1.20.
How to Get There
- Board a train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.
- You can also take a taxi from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.
- If you’re interested in the tour, you can avail of the Thai River Cruise that offers boat cruises from Bangkok to Chao Phraya. This tour makes a stop at Ayutthaya.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is 1 hour only.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Not every place in the national park is shaded. Ensure to visit as early as 8:30 so you can explore more without worrying about the heat.
For food, you can head to 29 Steak, Baan Khun Phra, Chai Nam, Krua Baan U-Thong, Malakor, and Tony’s Place.
- Wat Mahathat
- Wat Phra Sri Sanphet
- Wat Ratchaburana
For accommodations, you can choose from The Park, Tony’s Place, Busaba, Ban U Thong, Ayutthaya Retreat, and Krungsri River Hotel. Rates range from USD 25 to USD 80.