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Things to do in Ayutthaya.

Elke l’Amie

                           11 November 201722 March 2016

Things to do in Ayutthaya?

If you love exploring old temples and ruins, Ayutthaya is the place to go. Some call it the “Historical temple city of Thailand”. It is a must seen place if you visit Thailand. 

Ayutthaya was founded in 1350, but destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. The remains create the character of the city. There are many things to do in Ayuttaya, but let me give you my three favorites. 

Visiting Wat Maha That

Ayutthaya

1. Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol

One of the most interesting things to do in Ayutthaya is visiting the temple “Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol”. This temple is known for the big Chedi, whom you can see from far away. The temple is rebuilt in name of King Naresuan the Great for his victory over the massive Burmese invasion in 1953.

Besides the large Chedi, you can also see a large reclining Buddha in the temple.

💰 Entrance price: 20 THB

🕒 Time to spend here: 1 hour

💟 Level of excitement (out of 5): 🌟🌟🌟

                                                                                    

 

Chedi @ Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol

Reclining Buddha @ Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol

2. Wat Maha That

When the Burmese invaded Ayutthaya this temple was set on fire. The temple is rebuilt and some extra chedis are added. In the 20th century parts of the temple collapsed, but have never been restored.

The temple is most known for the Buddha head of stone that covered by the roots of a tree.

💰 Entrance price: 50 THB

🕒 Time to spend here: 1 hour

💟 Level of excitement (out of 5): 🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Buddha head strangled in roots of tree @ Wat Maha That

3. Ayutthaya Historical Park

My 3rd of favorite things to do in Ayuttaya is visiting the Ayutthaya Historical Park. In this park you can find various ancient monuments, you can even climb into the Chedi’s and make some awesome pictures. In 1991 the historic town of Ayuttaya was put on the World Heritage list by UNESCO.

Unfortunately, when I visited Ayutthaya for the last time (November 2017) a big part of the Park was under construction.  

💰 Entrance price: 50 THB

🕒 Time to spend here: 2 hour

💟 Level of excitement (out of 5): 🌟🌟🌟 (big part was under construction)

Getting around in Ayutthaya?

Everywhere in the city, you can find Tuk Tuks. You need to negotiate a little, but my experience is they are pretty fair with the price (not like in Bangkok).

From the trainstation you can take a tuk-tuk in to the city for not over 120 TBH. While in the city I would recommend walking or renting a byclycle. It is the best way to see most out of the city. And makes it easier to stop and make pictures. 

Cruising in the Tuk Tuk from the train station to our hotel

How to get to Ayutthaya?

Getting to Ayutthaya from Bangkok is very easy. You can either take a shared minivan from Mo Chit bus station (or Khao San Road), a taxi or a train from Hua Lamphong train station. 

The cheapest way to get to Ayutthaya is by 3rd class train, a one-way train ticket will cost 15 TBH. You only don’t get an assigned seat and there is no airconditioning. If you want an assigned seat and airconditioning it will cost you around 140 TBH.

The cheapest way to get to Ayutthaya is by 3rd class train, a one way train ticket will cost 15 TBH.

Return

For your return, I would advise you to take a minivan. For some reason, the train from Ayutthaya back to Bangkok is ALWAYS delayed (about 2 hours). And this time you can spend way better by exploring all the things to do in Ayutthaya. The one thing I don’t like about minivans is that you become very close buddies with the person next to you. And with luggage etc, there is not much space left to breathe. If you have large luggage you can buy two seats, which will be a little bit more comfortable for yourself too. A one-way ticket will be around 60 TBH (per seat).

Taxi

If you are with a group it might be more comfortable and faster to go by taxi. Cost of the taxi will be around 1000 -1200 TBH for a one-way trip.

Do you have a connecting flight?

Both train and minivan make a stop at Don Muang airport.

Book your tickets here.

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Hotel recommendation

There are many options for places to stay in Ayutthaya, from hostels to 5-star hotels. So basically there is an option for every budget. 

We stayed at the gorgeous Sala Ayutthaya hotel, an amazing 4-star hotel. That I definitely can recommend. Read my review about my stay at this hotel and be amazed. 

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