From an ancient royal temple like Wat Phra Si Sanpet within the royal premises of the ruins to the more modern temple away from the ruins is diverse to appreciate both as striking architecture.
Wat Phra was the royal temple of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya built in 1448. This site is in great condition and is worth admiring. The 3 Stupas in front of the main temple are edifices of ashes containing the 3 Kings that ruled here.
The private chapel also held important royal ceremonies and functions. The staircases leading all sides are spired, and the central spired dome looms large. Absolutely amazing piece of architecture and design!
A few from the group took an elephant ride around the sprawling Ayutthaya complex.
The guide gave the modern temple outside the ruins a complete miss saying the other main highlight, the River Sun Cruise to be boarded on time!
The temple houses a massive golden Buddha and two small jade Buddhas alongside. A ceremony was in progress and I sat in a corner soaking in the peaceful atmosphere.