Photo: Seated Buddhas at a Wat in Ayutthaya.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Our rating:

King Prasat Thong ordered the magnificent Wat Chaiwatthanaram to be constructed along the south bank of the Chao Phraya River after returning victorious from an invasion of Khmer lands in 1630. If you’re going to hit only one of Ayutthaya’s outlying sites, this is arguably the best choice.

Travel better, travel smarter

Save money, receive our latest updates and get the most out of your travels.



A great outlying site.

Set up in a traditional Khmer-style square plan, the central Khmer-style prang represents Mount Meru and is surrounded by four spires sporting an unusual slender design.


Did someone say atmospheric?

All of the towers are in remarkably good shape, coming together for one of the most stunning pictures in Ayutthaya when viewed from some distance — especially when late-afternoon sunlight brings out the rich tones of beige stucco and red brick. It’s believed that relics of the Buddha are encased somewhere inside the main prang.


One hundred and twenty — count ’em!

The outer walls feature 120 stucco seated Buddha images in various states of disrepair. Wander into the rooms at all four corners to check out larger Buddha images displaying regal headdresses resembling the one that crowns Wat Na Phra Men’s principle Buddha image. These are placed below high ceilings that have protected them from the elements over the centuries.


Explore the finer details.

The grounds are atmospheric, with jackfruit trees growing between the ruins and the Chao Phraya within sight to the northeast, just beyond a seated Buddha placed atop what’s left of an old wihaan.


Busy at sunset, otherwise one of Ayutthaya’s more contemplative sites.

The off-the-island location means that fewer people make it here, though Wat Chaiwatthanaram does get fairly busy when boat tours arrive around sunset.


How to get there
From Uthong Rd, take the only bridge that runs across the Chao Phraya from the west side of the island and then take the first left, following signs for Wat Chaiwatthanaram, which comes up on the left after less than a half-km.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram
South of the island
Daily 08:00-17:00.
Admission: 50 baht

Location map for Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Book a flight, train, bus, taxi or ferry in Thailand with 12Go Asia

Best places to stay in Ayutthaya

A selection of some of our favourite places to stay in Ayutthaya.

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Ayutthaya.
 Check prices, availability & reviews on Agoda or Booking
 Read up on where to eat on Ayutthaya.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Ayutthaya.
 Read up on how to get to Ayutthaya, or book your transport online with 12Go Asia.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
 Planning on riding a scooter in Ayutthaya? Please read this.
 Buy a SIM card for Thailand—pick it up at the airport when you arrive.
 Browse the web securely while travelling with TunnelBear. Try with a 7–day free trial.

Heading to Thailand?
Heading to Thailand?
Ad Search for cheap flights to Thailand
on Skyscanner.

Read more

See below for more sights and activities in Ayutthaya that are listed on

Top of page

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ayutthaya? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

Top of page