Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Thailand  /  Ayutthaya Province  /  Ayutthaya  /  Historic Sites  /  Wat Mahthat
Wat Mahthat, Ayutthaya
(4.5/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
Visit the temple of Wat Mahthat to see the famous Buddha head peering out from behind the roots of a majestic tree. Within the grounds of a historical park and World Heritage Site, this renowned temple includes excellent information panels throughout. You'll learn about the country's history and discover the architectural and spiritual influences the Kingdom of Siam has on contemporary Thai culture. A visit to Wat Mahthat represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Ayutthaya family vacation planner to plot your vacation.
Create a full Ayutthaya itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Ayutthaya

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Ayutthaya by other users

3 days in Ayutthaya BY A USER FROM THAILAND December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM INDIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM INDIA March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA March, culture, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in Ayutthaya BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Ayutthaya BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Ayutthaya & Bangkok BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Ayutthaya & Bangkok BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: December, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Thailand & Vietnam BY A USER FROM GERMANY December, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Thailand, New York City & Beijing BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Ayutthaya BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Wat Mahathat is another interesting tourist attraction in Ayutthaya. Buddha head is the high light of this place. I visit here a few times. This place is good for who interested in historic site like ...  more »
  • Do it early morning, to avoid the bus of tourist, if they're already there go to see another temple and come back to this one later 
  • This temple is very crowded, especially by Asians all kneel and with the ingrown head of the buddha on the photo like. Rest of the temple is also beautiful.
    View original
Google
  • This is where you can view the iconic Buddha head in banyan tree roots. Entrance runs 50 Baht, but you can get a pass that covers the 6 main temples for 220 Baht (recommended as each temple has the 50B fee). Hit 5 of the 6 and you already more than paid for the pass. If you only have a day in Ayutthaya, you'll want to either hire a tuk-tuk or rent a bike to ensure you'll make it to most of the main temples before catching a bus back to Bangkok.
  • Nice park, the tempel is beautiful, really good for a daytrip. Rent a bike and explore the whole area
  • if you like archaeological site. this place is very beautiful. It have something you never seen before like my picture "The head of Buddha". when you come to Ayuttaya. you must go to this "Wat-Ma-Ha-Tat". Admission ticket : 50 Thai Baht / Person.
  • Sight I will give 5 star but BE WARE of the local shops near the parking!! Specially the one sales coconuts juice the drink counter !!! They sale bad coconut juice and will NOT exchange or refund , they will yell at the customer with Thai language. Just beware if things getting worse, after you leave the shop they will follow wherever you go then do some damage!!!!!! Just be careful! Local Gangster shop!!
  • Interesting architecture. Full of tourists. Home of the Buddha head which is covered around the tree roots. Very interesting. Used to be a very big temple. There are descriptions of the ruins on almost every corner. Highly recommended and a must visit.