Ayutthaya, or “Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya” is an ancient city of Thailand, located in the north of Bangkok. Ayutthaya is very famous with its cultural heritages, mostly the ruins of the temple after Burmese invasion about three centuries ago. Moreover, its proximity with Bangkok (only 2 hours driving), makes Ayutthaya is a perfect places to visit.
Ayutthaya was formerly founded around 1350, and became the second capital of the Siam Kingdom, after Sukhothai, and before moved to Bangkok. Around 1700, Ayutthaya was a very famous in the international trade, as many international merchants set sail to Ayutthaya for trade. Ayutthaya was also recognized as the finest city in the world, by the merchants, as its temples and cultures were very captivating. However, the glorious days of Ayutthaya was ended by Burmese invasion at 1767, and Ayutthaya was almost completely burned and flatted in to the ground after the invasion.
However, the result of this destruction by Burmese armies, now becoming the major attraction for international tourists. Many international tourists came to Ayutthaya to see the ruins of the temple, and also the remaining of the palaces, which could make Ayutthaya trip becoming a trip to the lost ancient city. Moreover, this city was also acknowledged as UNESCO World Heritage site.
|The famous Buddha head in the tree in Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya|
In the city of Ayutthaya, you can getting around the ruins in Ayutthaya by bicycle, as the locations of ruins were not far separated. The costs for bicycle rent is very cheap too, only 40 baht per day, including free map gift. You can rent the bike in front of the train station, or at Soi 2, where the hotels and restaurants complex is in). Besides bicycle, the more convenient way is by hiring a tuk-tuk, which could accommodate 6 people. The price is around 300 baht/ hours, or you can bargain for 1000 baht for 4 hours.
There are a lot of notable temples, ruins and palaces to visit here. You can do the temple trip to Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Viharn Phra Mongkon Bophit, Wat Mahathat, Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Thammikarat, Wat Suwan Dararam, Phet Fortress, Wat Phra Ram, Phra Chedi Suriyothai, and Wat Borom Phuttharam. Some people even consider to do the night trip for temple sightseeing, as the illumination during night time makes the temples look so incredible!
|Ayutthaya at Night|
Or you could visit museums, such as Ayutthaya historical Study Center, Baan Hollanda, Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, or Chantharakasem National Museum. Moreover, you can also visit Ayutthaya Floating Market here, and of course, elephant trekking!
|Elephant Trekking at Ayutthaya|
Then, at last, of course your visit would not be very good, before you enjoy the authentic food there. You have to taste the infamous Roti Sai Mai, a very popular local dessert in Ayutthaya
How to Get There From Bangkok?
1. By car. Actually, there are several option of routes that you can take, one of the available option is that to drive via Highway no 1 (Phahon Yothin), then turn to Highway No.32, and lastly turn left to Highway No. 309.
2. By Train. This is the cheapest way and considered the best way to reach Ayutthaya, as the scenery during the trip is quite amazing. Moreover, the price is also incredibly cheap (20 baht for third class train). The train departs from Hua Lamphong Train Station and the trip will take approx. 2 - 2,5 hours. After you arrived at Ayutthaya Train Station, you have to take a boat to cross the river, which costs 4 baht only.
3. By Bus. The bus operate every 20 minutes from Mo Chit Terminal (Northern Bus Terminal), near BTS Mo Chit station, to Ayutthaya. It will costs 50 baht, and operates between 4.30 AM to 7.15 PM
4. Minivan from Victory Monument (near BTS Victory Monument station). It will take about one hour and costs 100 baht.
5. By Boat, this is the most luxurious and expensive ways, as you have to book in advance, and the cost is quite pricy.