Wat Phra Mahathat : Ayuthaya

This wat, on the corner of Th Chee Kun and Th Naresuan (Chao Phrom), dates back to the 14th century and was built during the reign of King Ramesuan. Despite extensive damage - not much was left standing after the Burmese hordes had finished - the prang (Khmer-style tower) is still impressive. It was one of the first prangs built in the capital. One of the most photographed sites in Ayuthaya is a Buddha head around which tree roots have grown. Admission is 30B.

Wat Mongkhon Bophit : Ayuthaya

This monastery near Si Sanphet contains one of Thailand's largest Buddha images, a 15th century bronze casting. The present wihaan (Buddhist image sanctuary) was built in 1956.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet : Ayuthaya

This was the largest temple in Ayuthaya in its time, and it was used as the royal temple/palace for several Ayuthaya kings. Built in the 14th century, the compound once contained a 16m-high standing Buddha covered with 250 kg of gold, which was melted down by the Burmese conquerors. It is mainly known for the line of three large Chedis (stupas) erected in the quintessential Ayuthaya style, which has come to be identified with Thai art more than any other single style. Admission is 30 B