Ciudad Hist贸rica de Ayutthaya | Tailandia

Historic City of Ayutthaya | Thailand

Historic City of Ayutthaya | Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Where is Ayutthaya? Why visit it?

This city is just 86 km north of Bangkok and it is one of the most important destination with historical interest in Thailand. In 1991 it was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. To understand how important was this city you should know part of its history, you can read Wikipedia – Ayutthaya Kingdom. It will help you to come to understand and imagine how they lived in the old thai culture. During your visit you can contemplate numerous and amazing ruins and temples.

Tourism Thailand Official Web – Ayutthaya Information

When is the best time to go?

It has the same climate than Bangkok. It麓s raining from May to October, the weather is cooler from November to February and the hotter season goes from March to May. So, the high season is from November to February.

Things to do

Ayutthaya is not only packed with valuable ruins, also you can find active temples and markets of local products and craft. 聽The best option to go all over ruins is by bike, although if you want to go to further places like the floating market or certain temples maybe you should rent a motorbike or tuk-tuk or you can combine bike with tuk-tuk.

The price (2016) is between 20 and 50 THB (in some ruins and temples the entrance fee is free).

I have listed below the essential places to visit in Ayutthaya:

1. Wat Phra Si Sanphet (ruins)

Wat Phra Si Sanphet | Ciudad Hist贸rica de Ayutthaya, Tailandia
Wat Phra Si Sanphet | Ciudad Hist贸rica de Ayutthaya, Tailandia

2.聽Wat Phra Mahathat (ruins)

Here is the most photographed image: a Buddha head intertwined in a tree.

Wat Phra Mahathat | Ciudad Hist贸rica de Ayutthaya, Tailandia
Wat Phra Mahathat | Ciudad Hist贸rica de Ayutthaya, Tailandia

3.聽Wat Chai Wattanaram聽(ruins)

4. Wat Ratburana (ruins)

Can be accessed to the crypt of the inside.

Wat Ratburana | Ciudad Hist贸rica de Ayutthaya, Tailandia
Mirador Wat Ratburana | Ciudad Hist贸rica de Ayutthaya, Tailandia

5. Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Buddhist temple)

6. Wat Phanam Choeng (Buddhist temple)

7. Wihaan Phra Mongkhon Bophit (Buddhist temple)

Wihaan Phra Mongkhon Bophit | Ciudad Hist贸rica de Ayutthaya, Tailandia

You can see the locations on my map.

Attention visual spoiler: Some ruins can be traversed using Google Street View!

Accommodation

Most travellers go on a day trip to Ayutthaya from Bangkok because in that time you can visit all the important ruins and temples. But, if you want to sleep there, there are also accommodations in the area.

Restaurants are around the main area of ruins (it isn鈥檛 nearby), so keep in mind the meal time to plan your visit in such a way that you are close to the restaurants area if you don’t want to be starving!聽We ended up eating in a hidden market, the food was tasty, you can see this restaurant on my map.

How to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok

The easiest and fastest way to go is by van from Bangkok. Some months ago, the vans departed from Victory Monument but since 25th October 2016 this stop has been removed and relocated to 3 bus stations: Mo Chit, Ekkamai and Sai Tai Mai. To go to Ayutthaya you should go to Mo Chit 2 Bus Terminal (you can see this station on my map). You should ask to the van鈥檚 driver about the departure time of the last van to be sure that you don’t lose it.

Other option that several travel agencies offer is a trip by boat to Ayutthaya from Bangkok, it鈥檚 like a cruise (or in the opposite direction: from Ayutthaya to Bangkok).

Map of Historic City of Ayutthaya

In the next map you can see all the places I鈥檝e mentioned throughout this article (restaurant, where you can rent a bike, transport, ruins, temples, markets).

My experience in the Historic City of Ayutthaya

March/April 2016
Our visit to Ayutthaya was during the first month of the hotter season: March. The temperature was between 30 and 36 degrees Celsius, it was tolerable for us: two persons from M谩laga used to the hot land breeze, although we were stopping in every shadow 馃槃.

We rented two bikes and planned our own itinerary. The historical city is flat, so you don鈥檛 need to be fit, you only need to stand the heat. We didn’t have time enough to visit some temples located further away.

Ruta en bici | Historic City of Ayutthaya
Ciudad Hist贸rica de Ayutthaya | Historic City of Ayutthaya
Ruta en bici | Ciudad Hist贸rica de Ayutthaya, Tailandia

While biking we saw squirrels and a big lizard. With the exception of Wat Phra Mahathat, there weren鈥檛 too many people. At lunch time we didn鈥檛 know where to go, we didn鈥檛 see any restaurants near us. Finally, we found a market next to Wihaan Phra Mongkhon Bophit where there was a picturesque restaurant. This restaurant is in a curve of the market and it has round stone tables, some of these with doraemon’ tablecloths 馃槃.

We traveled by van from Victory Monument (Bangkok). I suggest to put your seatbelt because of the chaotic traffic and the way they drive, there is a big risk of accident!


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