I read in travel forums that it is fairly easy to get to Ayutthya by public transport, so I made my way to the Victory Monument BTS station, and took a minivan from there. The trip took about one hour, at the cost of 60 baht (if I am not mistaken). It was a wet morning and by the time I arrived in Ayutthaya, it was still raining. The van dropped me at Wat Phra Mahathat instead of the drop-off point in town, saving me time and extra expense to get to the temple. Wat Phra Mahathat is a large temple that was quite thoroughly ransacked and set on fire by the Burmese in 1767. Its claim to fame is the tree that has grown around a Buddha head.
Across the road from Wat Phra Mahathat is Wat Ratchaburana, established in 1424 by a Siamese king who ascended the throne after his two elder brothers killed each other in a battle over succession to the throne. The temple was built at the cremation site of his two brothers.
We then crossed the river to visit Wat Chai Wattanaram. This is the best preserved temple in Ayutthaya, and a visually impressive one with the principal prang standing 35m high on an elevated terrace with four smaller prangs on each corner of the terrace. It was built in 1630 by King Prasat Thong to honor his mother. Wat Chai Wattanaram was conceived as a replica of the Angkor temple.
Wat Phra Ram, consisting of one huge prang and some smaller chedis. It was constructed on the cremation site of the first Ayutthayan monarch, King Ramathibodi I.
Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the most important temple of Ayutthaya, is known for its distinctive row of three restored chedis containing the ashes of three Ayutthaya kings. Housed within the grounds of the former royal palace, the temple was used for royal religious ceremonies. It also served as a model for the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok.