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Considered one of the most imposing ancient Buddhist monasteries, this religious site was established by King Prasatthong in 1630 A.D. in homage to his mother.
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All reviews the river west bank setting sun central prang khmer style wat chai impressive temple late afternoon tuk tuk huge area last stop boat tour well worth the visit entrance fee ayutthaya historical park take pictures walk around
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing beyond belief. Beautiful and historic. It is very sprawling. One temple after another built in the 1600's. It must be seen.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank gary c
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went all around Ayutthaya and made sure this was our last stop. We couldn't stop taking pictures as the sun was going down. The colors, shadows, and sunset backdrop made it unbelievable. It is not a huge site but there are so many things...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Michael H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The temple is located in Ayutthaya Historical Park; however not a part of Historic City of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: another beautiful view at night. The temple closes at 7 pm. Therefore, it is highly recommended to reach the temple no later than...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank SeniorSnoopy
Reviewed 12 February 2019 via mobile

We took our wedding pictures here. This is a royal temple, so there will be a fair amount of tourist coming in by boat and car. Half of the compound is being restored. It sits on the river, so it has nice views.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 1Raynemaker
Reviewed 9 February 2019 via mobile

Probably one or the best sites in the area. Lovingly preserved. Has wifi for free if you have your passport.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 February 2019 via mobile

Located in the outside of “Ayutthaya Island”, by the river, and from any tens of temple, I thought it is the best in Ayutthaya. Many of people, local or tourist, save the best picture on it by wearing traditional Thai dress. Across the temple, you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank A_Danang
Reviewed 28 January 2019 via mobile

Beautiful sight of Thai history. We went at sunset as suggested and it was an amazing site. It closes at 7pm and not 6pm as the website says. 50b entry for foreigners.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Michael A
Reviewed 28 January 2019

I was here in the afternoon and as previously commented here, noon is not a good time to take photos here. Should have come here during sunset. I was there on Saturday and there were bus loads of school students came for their school excursion....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ruzana A
Reviewed 26 January 2019

Wat Chaiwatthanaram is located outside the old city of Ayutthaya. It’s a big and very beautiful complex. This Khmer style temple was built in 1630 by King Prasang Thong along on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River in honor of his mother. The...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank catztravelling
Reviewed 23 January 2019

The temple was built next to the river. Although the edifices (Prang and Chedi) are old and almost in ruins, they are in good shape. Some are still under construction.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Robert K
8 November 2018|
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Response from rkarkera | Reviewed this property |
Yes, same rules everywhere. So better to have spare cloths ready if you have to be on shorts.
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hezzy93
21 August 2018|
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Response from badgermc | Reviewed this property |
Probably around 2-3hrs, you can dress up with some stalls outside which a lot of people do. It’s suppose to be really stunning at night time so maybe go late afternoon and see the place lit up.
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Response from CaiBingbing | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I'm a local. There are 2 ways I can think of right now. 1. Take train from Bangkok Railway Station (Hualampong). About 2 hours of travelling. It's the easiest way for foreigners since the railway station is not hard to... More
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