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Day Trip to Ayutthaya: What You Need to Know
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Looking to take a day trip to Ayutthaya from Bangkok? You’ve come to the right place! As much as I love the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, it’s always nice to get a break from the big city. A perfect day trip, even for those with a limited amount of time, is a trip north to Ayutthaya. The site was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1991 and offers a series of incredible temples to visit. The temples are also considerably less crowded than many of those in the rest of Thailand.
Day Trip to Ayutthaya: Getting There
The city is easily accessible by train from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong station with ticket prices dependent on the type of seat and trip length. Tickets can be purchased on the day of, however in this case I recommend buying your return ticket as soon as you arrive in Ayutthaya as tickets do sell out, even in the low season. On our way there we opted for a standing ticket (or non-specified seat) on a hour train, setting us back 20 baht ($0.60). For the way home we purchased a reclining seat as our train would take two hours, and it price only increased to 65 baht ($2).
Day Trip to Ayutthaya: Getting Around
The most common method of getting around the temples of Ayutthaya is by tuk tuk. The going rate at the train station is 900-1000 baht ($27-30), however you can always bargain. For cheaper rates follow the street perpendicular to the train station, where you can hire a driver for 200 baht ($6)/hour. This price does not include entrance into the temples however. Although it is bit pricey, taking a tuk tuk allowed us to see a lot more than if we had rented bikes. Additionally, you can fit up to four passengers for the same price so bring (or make) some friends along for the journey!
Day Trip to Ayutthaya: What to See
The tuk tuk drivers will present you with a list of the top temples to visit. The temples all cost 50 baht ($1.50) to enter, with the exception of Wat Yai Chai Mongkon (20 baht) and Wat Lokayasutharam (free).
Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon
Wat Phra Mahathat
Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Day Trip to Ayutthaya: Where to Eat
Our tuk tuk driver brought us to the most incredible noodle place, however I unfortunately do not know the name so I have included photos for reference. We had the dry noodles (30 baht/bowl) and they were so good that we had a second round!
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