Ayutthaya Travel and Tourist Guide

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Ayutthaya ThailandPhra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, or Ayutthaya in short, is an  ancient former capital of Thailand from 1350 to 1767.  Sadly, the city was destroyed in a Burmese siege in 1767 and has been in ruins ever since.

Located just 76 km north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya is visited by large numbers of tourists on a one-day trip from Bangkok. This allows about 3 hours at the sites (the majority of these lie inside the Historical Park), but for those with an interest in archaeological ruins, Ayutthaya justifies an overnight stop or a little longer.

 

“Must see” attractions and activities in Ayutthaya

 

Ayutthaya Historical Center

Interesting museum about the history of Ayutthaya. It’s best to visit this museum before heading out elsewhere, as it places the remains into a historical perspective. A big part of the museum is dedicated to Siam’s relations with other peoples, but village life, art and culture are also dealt with.

  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm; Sat-Sun 9am-5pm
  • Location: Rojana Rd
  • Admission: 100Baht, students 50Baht

The Ancient Grand Palace

  • Hours Daily: 8am-6pm
  • Location: Si Sanpet Rd, in the northwest part of the city
  • Admission: by joint ticket, 250B

Wat Phra Mahathat

A large temple that was quite thoroughly ransacked by the Burmese. Several Leaning Prangs of Ayutthaya are still feebly defying gravity though, and the rows of headless Buddhas are atmospheric. This is also where you can spot the famous tree that has grown around a Buddha head. When taking pictures of you and the Buddha head, make sure you sit on your knees to show respect, as it is considered holy by Thais.

  • Hours: Daily 8am-6pm
  • Location: Along Chee Kun Rd, near the intersection with Naresuan
  • Admission: 30Baht
Wat Phra Mahathat Ayutthaya Thailand

Wat Phra Mahathat

Chao Sam Phraya National Museum>

Most treasures of Ayutthaya were stolen, burnt and melted by armies or treasure hunters. Some pieces survived though and are exhibited at this museum. Most of the riches are golden statues found at Wat Ratchaburana and Wat Phra Mahathat.

  • Hours: Wed-Sun 9am-4pm
  • Location: Rotchana Rd. (1 1/2 blocks west of the centre.)
  • Admission 30Baht

Getting to Ayutthaya

Train

The cheapest and most colourful way of reaching Ayutthaya is by train. All north and north-east line trains depart from Bangkok’s Hualamphong Train Station and stop in Ayutthaya.  The trip takes about 1.5 hours – 2.5 hrs depending on the type of train service. First Class tickets cost 66 baht, Second class (non-aircon) cost 35 baht (seats can be booked in advance), and third class is just 15 baht (no reservations).

Bus from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

Buses operate every 20 minutes or so from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Moh Chit) directly to Ayutthaya. First class air-con buses charge 50 baht. The bus trip takes around two hours as the buses stop frequently and there are often traffic jams on the roads in and out of Bangkok.

You can also take a minivan from the Victory Monument square in Bangkok direct to Ayutthaya. The trip takes approximately 1 hour and usually costs about 70baht.  It’s quite convenient since you don’t have to go to bus terminals (nearby Mochit) however the minibuses don’t have much space to put store large bags and have to wait until the car is fully filled. Minivans depart every 20 minutes or so.

 

 

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Updated: August 31, 2011 by admin

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