There’s more to Thailand than Tuks Tuks, Muay Thai, and Floating Markets.

Known for its Buddhist temples, tuk-tuk rides, sky train rides, Muay Thai matches, Thai massages, Thai cuisine, street-side and river floating markets, commonly described as a shopping paradise, a cultural landmark, and a cosmopolitan city, Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. This fascinating, colorful and throbbing city has loads to offer in terms of tourist attractions. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, Bangkok has many unique heritage sites among which includes two UNESCO world heritage sites. Both of these heritage sites are a couple of hours drive from central Bangkok.

Photos of Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya
This photo of Historic City of Ayutthaya is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Historic City of Ayutthaya –The Historic city of Ayutthaya, or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, The Thai capital for 417 years, is one of Thailand’s major tourist attractions This must-visit UNESCO World Heritage is located near Bangkok, is the ancient ruins of the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. The Siamese capital served 33 kings of five different dynasties until the Burmese army conquered Ayutthaya. Established in 1350 by King U-Thong, the majestic reliquary towers and magnificent temples are the only architecture that survived the Burmese invasion in the 18th century. Ayutthaya was first defeated by the Burmese in 1569 , but 15 years later it was back to its glory again by ” King Naresuan the Great “. Ayutthaya was peaceful again and stayed on so for the next century. It flourished until it was invaded and destroyed beyond repair by the Burmese in 1767

Photos of Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya
This photo of Historic City of Ayutthaya is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Only an 80-minute drive from our serviced apartment, Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, here one can  catch a glimpse of Ayutthaya’s past grandeur through the city ruins consisting of palaces, temples, museum, and monuments. It has three famous temples with amazing 14th century Ayutthaya architectural designs: Wat Phra Mahathat, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, and Wat Lokayasutharam.

Another must see in the  complex is the The Chao Sam Phraya National Museum which displays many Ayutthayan-style objets d’art, including the exquisite golden royal memorabilia excavated from local temples. Opened in 1970, the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum in Ayutthaya is the second largest museum in Thailand.

Along with the temples mentioned above, those within the ruins have entry charges and are open from 8.00am to 6.00pm daily. Visitors are advised to dress conservatively, as they would in most places of worship in the country.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet (Sri Sanphet Roadd) The largest and most well-restored temple on Ayutthaya.
Admission: 50 baht
Wat Phra Mahatha (Naresuan Road) A large temple known for its rows of headless Buddhas.
Admission: 50 baht
Wat Ratchaburana (Naresuan Rd) This monastery features a pair of pagodas, built to remember Admission: 50 baht
Wat Lokayasutharam (Rochana Road) This temple is where the famous giant statue of a reclining Buddha.
Free Admission
Wat Phra Ram, Sri Sanphet Road. 8AM-6PM, daily. This temple is part of Phraram Public Park and features a beautiful lagoon.
Admission: 50 baht
Join the exciting celebration of Ayutthaya’s glorious history in December 2012 at this historic city where visitors can enjoy a wide range of entertainment such as historical exhibitions, traditional processions, cultural performances, and spectacular light and sound displays.

Frasers Hospitality ThailandDong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex – Take a day trip to this outstanding World Heritage Site near Bangkok, the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex. Less than a five hour drive from Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex is a mountainous range, with peaks as high as 1,351 metres. Covering an extensive area of 230 km between Ta Phraya National Park on the Cambodian border in the east, and Khao Yai National Park in the west, the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex is a very important animal conservation site in the world. This natural site is famous for its wide range of fauna species including 112 mammal species, 392 bird species, and 200 reptile and amphibian species. It has sustainable tropical forest ecosystems necessary for the long-term survival of the animal species, especially endangered ones such as the tiger, elephant, leopard cat, gibbon, and banteng. In addition, don’t miss seeing the picturesque waterfalls, gorges and check out the four major fast streams at the southern side of the mountainous area.
Visitors can also explore the various national parks located in the mountainous area, including Thailand’s most renowned and largest national park -Khao Yai National Park. Talk a walk in the wilderness and trek along the scenic forests and see if you can spot some of the wildlife animals that live there. Listen to mournful hoots of the gibbons, spot the macaques on the roadsides, snap photos of the cute squirrels on the trees, and observe the green-tailed sunbirds at the bird watching sites; there are just so many things you can do here! We recommend packing some food so you can have lunch while sitting surrounded by nature.

Frasers Hospitality Thailand
For your comfortable stay in Bangkok, make Fraser Suites Sukhumvit your choice of accommodation. Nestled in a landscaped garden in one of Bangkok’s most vibrant areas,  Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, provides a sense of privacy for the urban dweller. Offering a stylish option for modern city living, our luxurious 163 serviced apartments, comprising studio to three-bedroom feature contemporary living rooms, fully-equipped kitchens and expansive en-suite bedrooms. All apartments are enhanced with tech-savvy services from high-speed broadband internet access, online concierge, and MP3 connectivity to high-end entertainment system for business or pleasure.

Frasers Hospitality Thailand

Frasers Hospitality Thailand

Frasers Hospitality Thailand

Frasers Hospitality Thailand

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