In this post you will find a complete guide to travel to Ayutthaya; what to do in Ayutthaya and everything you need to know before and during your visit.
If you are looking specifically at this place where you are on vacation in Thailand, you can enter this post. There are the main must-see attractions in Ayutthaya with photographs of them.
- 1 A little bit of history before traveling to Ayutthaya…
- 2 Important information to plan your trip to Ayutthaya
A little bit of history before traveling to Ayutthaya…
Ayutthaya was the capital of the Kingdom of Siam; however today there are only several ruins of temples and stupas with most of the statues of Buddha with his head cut off. Why? We tell you a bit of history to warm up …
Ayutthaya is located 85 km from Bangkok and was the capital of the kingdom of Siam from 1351 to 1767; however today we can only see the ruins of what was the kingdom. This one had more than 500 temples and commercial relations with the rest of Asia and even with Europe.
The city is the legitimate successor of the former kingdom of Sukhothai, and it became so important that several kings of the old continent sent ambassadors to trade with the King. In 1765 it was invaded by three Burmese armies, which after a long period of siege burned and destroyed the city. They removed works of art, architecture and important documents related to the kingdom from the map. Today the site is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Important information to plan your trip to Ayutthaya
When to travel to Ayutthaya?
The climate is equal to Bangkok due to the proximity between both destinations. Between November and March if you want to avoid the risk of typhoons and high temperatures.
To learn more, visit our Bangkok post here.
How to get to Ayutthaya?
From the north:
If you are going to get to Ayutthaya from the north (Chiang Mai or Phitsanulok / Sukhothai, for example) the easiest way to get there is by train, but it is long. From Chiang Mai it is 11 hours so we recommend the night train and from Phitsanulok it is 5 hours. You can also take a bus from these cities, which depart from the main stations every day. Remember to book your tickets in advance.
You can arrive on a tour, take a train from Hua Lamphong station (2 to 3 hours) or a bus from Mo Chit 2 Bus Terminal (2 hours). From this same bus station, there are minibusses that arrive in about 1 hour (but they drive like crazy, or rather, like Thais).
Ayutthaya is a very popular day trip from Bangkok because of the small distance between the cities.
From the islands of the South
For the great distance, we recommend you arrive by plane to Bangkok and from here take a bus or train to the city.
What you should not miss in Ayutthaya
Visit temples and tourism. The main area where the ruins can be found is an island surrounded by 3 rivers (the Chao Prayha, the Lop Buri, and the Pa Sak).
For more information about what to see in Ayutthaya, enter this post where you can find photos and information about the sightseeing places.
What should you take on your suitcase.
THB banknotes of small denominations. In general, in this city, it is difficult to pay with large bills. Lots of water and a hat or cap, it can be difficult to find shade in some areas. Also, in some temples, you will need to cover your shoulders and knees so you can wear a long skirt if you are a woman or some cloth pants. Men also need to comply with these requirements.
How to see Ayutthaya
If you decided to travel to Ayutthaya on your own and not on a tour from Bangkok, there are three ways to tour Ayutthaya given the ruins that stretch throughout the city. There is a historical center that is the main one, but the temples are separated by streets and real and bustling cities.
You can rent one for about 40 thb in various places in the city. They will not be hard to find.
Several hotels and hostels have the option of renting a motorcycle. There are some agencies in the main streets that also do it. For us, this was the best option. We recommend you read the “warnings to rent a motorcycle in the southeast”; here you will find more information on how to avoid scams and be safe traveling the southeast on a motorcycle.
If you want to be taken to places then you can hire a tuk tuk. You are everywhere and should not charge you more than 200 or 300 thb per hour; depending on the number of hours you want to hire.
Accommodation options in Ayutthaya.
You can come for the day or sleep in this city. In our case, we have more time to spend a night here.
Many people visit Ayutthaya for the day from Bangkok. You can see the areas of stay in this city here.
The city and the historic center is very small (about 8 square kilometers) so it will not be difficult to locate. Most of the hotels and hostels are located east of the city. You can find very good accommodations for 20 dollars (double room with AC); hostels for $ 10 a night or if you know how to look for alternatives for less.
Where to eat?
Like the rest of Thailand, the restaurants offer typical dishes of the country as international dishes. Restaurants offer a lot, but we recommend you go to the ones that are better dotted in Trip Advisor and that way you can be sure. There are also many cafes in the city that sell hot drinks and pretty western cakes and pastries.
The places close between 21:30 and 22:00; so it is difficult to find food after it was time. Keep this in mind if you stay to stay.
In general, this city, in comparison to the rest of Thailand, offers higher prices. In tourist areas, you will find the same as everywhere.
There is a floating market on the outskirts of the city that few tourists visit. Here you can find interesting objects closer to the true Thai culture.
Is it dangerous to travel to Ayutthaya?
It is a small city so you can feel safe. Check the most typical scams in Thailand in this link that will guide you to this city as well. Basically, be careful to take pictures of a motorcycle if you rent (so that later they do not charge you for the “spiders” that you did when they were always there) and do not pay more for the tuk-tuk and bicycles. There will always be someone more honest who can offer your services or sell/rent something.