The city of Ayutthaya
The city of Ayutthaya, (the short name for Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, in Thai พระนครศรีอยุธยา), is only 75km from Bangkok. It is one of the former capital of the Siam Kingdom, also called the Holy City. Thousands of tourists come every year to discover its history, its rich heritage from its glorious past and its beauty. Ayuttaya has many assets to seduce travellers. Inscribed on the World Heritage of the UNESCO, it’s really worth the visit. Be prepared for a colorful and delicious day!
A little bit of history (just a very little, we swear):
Ayuttahaya was founded in 1350. Located in a strategic place and more centralized than Sukhothai, it became the second capital of Thailand. 33 Kings reigned there. In its golden age, it counted one million inhabitants and more than 1500 temples. The early stages of international commercial trade between Thailand, France and Portugal took place right there.
Ayutthaya was destroyed in the XVIII century by its rivals: the people of Burma, as a proof of their power.
Nowadays, you’ll only be able to discover its impressive vestiges, witnesses of the town history.
Don’t miss our favorite temples:
Wat Phra Si Sanphet:
The iconic and biggest temple of the city with its 3 impressive Chedi.
Opens from 7am to 6pm
Price: 50 bath
Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon:
According to us, this iconic temple is one of the most beautiful in Thailand. A peaceful and nice place where you’ll find a Chedi surrounded by different Buddha, especially a smiling stone and a reclining one, but also by a beautiful garden.
Opens from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Price: 20 bath
The most important of the city’s historical park. It used to be the royal family temple, and you’ll find there a huge square, impressive columns and beautiful Buddha. You absolutely have to see the Buddha head in tree toots. You are forbidden to leave Ayutthaya if you miss it!
Opens from 6:30am to 4:30pm
Price : 50 bath
Wat Chai Watthanaram:
Located near the river, it really remind us the Angkor Wat temples, in Cambodia. This is where you’ll admire the impressive 35meters high Stupa. If possible, you rather should visit this place at the end of the afternoon, in order to enjoy the sunset.
Opens from 8:30am to 5pm
Price: 50 bath
How to get there?
By bus: From Bangkok, departure at the Mo Chit bus station every 20 minutes, for a 2 hours journey. Only 50 bath.
By train: Around 30 departures for Ayutthaya, from Hua Lamphong for only 15 bath. 2 hours journey as well. You’ll arrive at the other side of the island. You just need to take a little boat for 1 bath, or asked a tuk tuk to drive you there for 70 baht (between 5 and 10 minutes to get there).
By taxi: A little bit faster than the other options (1 hour and 30 minutes only) from the international airport in Bangkok. More or less 1300 bath.
Our tips :
- Don’t forget you sunscreen and a bottle of water.
- Keep hydrated.
- Be there early in the morning.
- Rent a bycicle (opposite to the park entrance, or directly at your hotel/guesthouse).
- You’ll find numerous cheap restaurants outside the park, near the river
- Beware of stray dogs.
- Avoid elephant rides as much as possible : prices are impressively high and elephants maltreated.
Leave your busy Bangkok life for a little break, and don’t hesitate to discover Ayutthaya fantastic temples! We swear you’ll love this tranquility. 😉