Historic City of Ayutthaya

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Historic City of Ayutthaya
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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya Historical Park incorporates over a dozen ancient temple sites.
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Briha
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Feb 2020 • Solo
1)Wake up whenever you want and go to Hualamphong station, Bangkok

2) Get a ticket for 15 baby and hop on to the rapid train if possible, ordinary train takes 25 mins more.

3)Get down at ayutthaya and walk to ferry for 2 mins, pay 5 baht to cross the river.

4) Rent bicycle for 50 baht and visit all the wats- recommend to visit only 6 bahts, others aren't very different.
Important- Get audio guide or make a deal with other tourists to get a guide. Makes no sense to travel here and sight see without knowing the history of the magnificent rivalry and war between Burma and Siam.

5) Get back on the 18.30 train to Bangkok, again try to get the rapid train as it's less crowded and faster compared to regular ones.

Reminder: Take power bank(for Google maps while cycling), lots of water and some snack.

Go around ayutthaya like a boss and smile wickedly at those hagglers😁
Written February 24, 2020
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jelinicivana
London, UK56 contributions
Jul 2019
A short train ride (2-ish hours) from Bangkok, we were finally there! When planning our trip to Thailand, I knew that we want to stop here! I am very glad we did stop in the Historical City of Ayutthaya on our way up north. Far from the crazy busy urban streets of today's capital, this ancient capital is beautifully calm, quiet and relaxing. We spent a couple of days exploring these stunning temples and learning about Thai culture and history.

There are numerous temples and we didn't have a chance to visit them all, so we kinda stayed around the most important ones. If you're not taking part in a tour, like myself, I recommend taking a guide or maybe finding some information online yourself beforehand, as there isn't much information about the temples on-site. There is a strict dress code, so make sure women have covered shoulders and both genders must wear shorts that cover knees.

Definitely bring a camera, a LOT of water especially if you're visiting on a hot day. And dress lightly, as it gets very hot in summer. I would recommend visiting temples early morning or late afternoon (I think they all close at something like 5 pm, but maybe longer during longer days) as there are fewer tourists and the light is prettier for photographs.

If you don't have time, a day visit will suffice, but I do recommend at least a couple of days. Definitely worth a visit!
Written April 22, 2020
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OzBee
Bangkok, Thailand367 contributions
Dec 2020 • Friends
Ayutthaya is flat with most well marked lanes for cyclists. A 10 km or 25 km ride will take you to all major sites in city or in outer areas respectively. Motorists are bike friendly. Many cycle rental shops aroind 50 baht a day. We rented ours next to ferry from railway station. Rent cycle after you cross river in ferry, not before near station, much easier.
Written December 2, 2020
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Kaushik G
Mumbai, India4,068 contributions
Sep 2019 • Solo
I have visited the historic city of Ayuthaya which was once the capital of Thailand during my trip to Bangkok. I had visited this place for a full day sightseeing tour from Bangkok. I had purchased a combined ticket for 220 baht to visit the 5 main ancient temples dedicated to Lord Buddha - 
Wat Mahathat, Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Phra Ram, Wat Chai watthanaram. I also visited the Chao Sam Phraya museum which has a very good collection of relics belonging to the Buddha. Apart from these, I also visited some of the other temples in Ayuthaya. It was an amazing experience visiting the heritage city.
Written July 18, 2020
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Mitchell T
Canada339 contributions
Dec 2019
I was staying with a friend in Bangkok, and we decided to go visit Ayutthaya. The drive is normally 2 hours, but we were caught up in the rush of locals leaving Bangkok for New Year's time. So it took about 3. We went last minute, and were really not prepared. You should definitely have a map of some sort, as the old city is within the current city, and there are other points of interest spread around the city.

You should definitely plan on being there for a minimum of 3 hours, but treat it as a day excursion. We saw the main ruins, but there were points of interest that we did not get to. But what we did see, we appreciated. We just ran out of time.
Written January 19, 2020
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GreenFong
Massachusetts45 contributions
Oct 2019
Exploring the temple ruins in Ayutthaya was incredible. We rented two bicycles and spent a whole day checking out the most popular ruins in the area. Our first stop was Wat Maha That to see the famous buddha head intertwined with the roots of a banyan tree. We then headed across the street to check out Wat Ratchaburana. This turned out to be our favorite stop, because you could go down into the tomb where a King was once buried. In addition to the beautiful wall art, there are also signs explaining the history of the temple, as well as the looting it experienced. The last two temples we visited were Wat Thimmikrat and Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Of all the temples we saw, it is Wat Chaiwatthanarm that was the most intact. It allowed us to gain a better picture of how grand Ayutthaya once was.
Written June 5, 2020
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ciarbucks
Las Vegas, NV231 contributions
Feb 2020
What a great day trip form Bangkok!

The old capital of the Kingdom of Siam is only about an hour and a half car ride away from Bangkok. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are many temple ruins, the infamous head in a banyan tree, and the giant reclining Buddha to visit.

Though it is possible to walk around, it is probably best to hire a tuk tuk for around 200 THB an hour to drive you around the ruins or rent a bike if visiting in the milder months (ex. winter). Thankfully, my boyfriend had family that drove us around in an air-conditioned car. I personally do not know if we would have been able to walk through all the ruins we want to see because of how far apart they are and how humid the weather is.

Most sites are free, though some do require an entrance fee. Though dress code is not too strict here, a few temples/ruins (ex. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep) require you to wear long pants and tops with shoulders covered.

Definitely come and check this place out, even if only a day trip. This historic city holds so much wonder. It cannot be missed!
Written February 14, 2020
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birgitcz
Wolverhampton, UK21 contributions
Jan 2020
You can hire a bike for 50 baht and cycle around most of the temples in 3 -4 hours. But make sure you go early because it does get hot. The temples are nice, but not as impressive as Angkor Wat. When we arrived we did not pay for entry, although there are payment booths, so it seems that you only have to pay on certain days.
Written January 14, 2020
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BarryC11
Cannock, UK209 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited here as part of a tour with TUI that also incorporated a visit to the Bang Pa-In Palace, as well as very relaxing river raise back to the centre of Bangkok in the afternoon.
Ayutthaya is a must see because of the history involved. The amount of the city that is still standing gives you some idea as to what it would have been like when it was the capital of Siam.
Written February 2, 2020
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Lynda K
Vientiane, Laos58 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Our guide Chalida with Take Me Tours was fantastic! She picked us up on time and the ride up to Ayutthaya was great. She gave us some history at each sight as she walked around with us. We visited other sights not on the tour based on our interests. The restaurant where we ate lunch had great views of the river and the food was really good. So glad we booked this tour.
Written February 23, 2020
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