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 from Bangkok, even for those with a limited amount of time, is a quick trip to Ayutthaya. The site was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1991 and offers a series of incredible temples to visit. The Ayutthaya temples are also considerably less crowded than many of those in the rest of Thailand. Ayutthaya was the former capital during the Kingdom of Siam.

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A Guide to a Day Trip to Ayutthaya

How to Get to Ayutthaya

The city is easily accessible by train from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong station. Ticket prices depend on the type of seat and trip length. Tickets can be purchased on the day of, however 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. This type of ticket costs approximately 20 baht ($0.60). For the way home we purchased a reclining seat as our train would take two hours, and the price increased to 65 baht ($2).

Getting Around the Ayutthaya temples

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!

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What to Do in Ayutthaya

The tuk tuk drivers will present you with a list of the top temples to visit. The temples all cost 50 baht ($1.50 USD) to enter, with the exception of Wat Yai Chai Mongkon and Wat Lokayasutharam which are a bit cheaper. Here is a list of the Ayutthaya temples that should definitely be on your must-visit list:

  • Visit Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon
  • Wat Phra Mahathat
  • Explore Wat Phra Si Sanphet
  • Wat Lokayasutharam

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Where to Eat on a Day Trip to Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is known for both their king river prawns and their famous boat noodles. You’ll find numerous restaurants serving boat noodles. However, Klong Srabua Boat Noodle is claimed by many to be the best. You have the choice between beef or pork noodles, with both options priced at under $1 USD a bowl.

 

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22 Comments

  1. October 21, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    Awesome post! I have never been to Thailand. Your pictures are stunning and those noodles got me hungry. I don’t know the name either.

    • Taylor Taverna
      October 22, 2017 / 3:08 am

      Thanks! I definitely recommend adding Thailand to your bucket list! I’ve been a handful of times now and it’s one of my favorite places in the world!

  2. October 21, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    What a comprehensive guide 🙂 Makes me wanna go!

    • Taylor Taverna
      October 22, 2017 / 3:08 am

      I definitely recommend it if you ever get the chance 🙂

  3. October 21, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    I’ve never been to Thailand but it’s definitely on my list! Thank you for your guide, the photos are stunning!

    • Taylor Taverna
      October 22, 2017 / 3:08 am

      Thanks love! I hope that you make it there one day 🙂

  4. Jewels
    October 21, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Your pictures are so captivating and definitely makes me want to visit! I was sad to miss this during my last trip to Bangkok.Thanks for the useful tips!

    • Taylor Taverna
      October 22, 2017 / 3:09 am

      Thank you! I think that a lot of people skip it because it is outside of the city, but if you’re ever in Bangkok again I highly recommend making the trip!

  5. October 21, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    wow! Some of the best pictures I’ve seen on travel blogs so far. Beautiful! I love the temples and the buddhas, sounds like a good short trip! And I agree investing in a tuk tuk driver for the day, they often know the ins-and-outs of the area 🙂

    • Taylor Taverna
      October 22, 2017 / 3:10 am

      Thank you so much! They definitely do! The city is also quite spread out which makes biking quite difficult

  6. October 21, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    Those ceiling fans are the best thing I saw today. Winner ^_^

  7. October 21, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    I am so sad that I was never able to visit Ayutthaya last year! I was not in Bangkok and that and Chiang Rai were the two spots I regret not having a couple of extra days to visit. I love that you share your daytrip there!

    • Taylor Taverna
      October 22, 2017 / 3:11 am

      I have also not been able to make it to Chiang Rai – but I hope to one day!

  8. October 22, 2017 / 12:03 am

    I missed out the chance to visit Ayutthaya when I was in Thailand, I had a friend traveling with me at the time and we were on in Bangkok for a few days. Having read through this post, I wish I had done the trip. There were other occasions and trips we did where we hired a Tuk-Tuk driver for the day too. Once you get to know them a little they can be quite informative.

    • Taylor Taverna
      October 22, 2017 / 3:12 am

      Yes, it’s always hard to choose what to do! And Bangkok truly has so much to offer! Hope that you enjoyed your trip 🙂

  9. October 22, 2017 / 2:16 am

    Thailand is the literal definition of "foreign" to me…I’m dying to go there but don’t know the first thing about planning a trip there and feel like I need a solid month to do it right!

    • Taylor Taverna
      October 22, 2017 / 3:13 am

      My company is focused on making trips like these seem like "foreign" so if you’re ever interested in trying to plan something – or just getting some ideas – you should definitely fill out an Interest Form on tavernatravels.com

  10. October 22, 2017 / 2:59 am

    Nice photos!!! Thanks for the info on logistics!! Super helpful! 👍👍

  11. October 22, 2017 / 8:44 am

    Such a beautiful pictures! The places don’t look crowded at all, that is also very promising 🙂

  12. October 22, 2017 / 10:26 am

    Wow your photos are amazing! Great post.

  13. Ha
    October 22, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Impressive photos! I plan to visit Bangkok next year and this seems like a perfect day trip! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  14. Kim Bui
    October 26, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    LOVE your photos! Been wanting to visit Thailand for a while now, hopefully next year I’ll be able to check it off the list.

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