A guide to going and staying in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is an ancient city around 80 kilometers north of Bangkok. Because of its glorious temples, it’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and subsequently, one of the most famous places to visit in Thailand.

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This was one of the first temples we saw in Ayutthaya. It was right beside the guesthouse we stayed in!

As soon as our plane landed in Bangkok, my best friend and I strapped our back packs in, put on our hats, and marched off to the connecting trains to get to Ayutthaya. Thankfully, Thailand has a great transportation system and we didn’t on the first day, at least have to go through all the hardships of taking buses and explaining to the non-English speaking conductor which part of Bangkok we wanted to go to.

How to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok the cheapest way (a.k.a. the train way): Upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport, follow the signs to the train station, and ride it up to Makkasan Station. Transfer to MRT station at Phetchaburi (an ample number of signs can guide you to there), then ride the train again until you get to Hua Lampong.

Our first pictures in Thailand consisted mainly of pictures in Hua Lampong Station, where we waited for a train to Ayutthaya. Since the trains to the north of Bangkok were older and a tad warmer than the city trains, it was naturally very cheap. On our way there, we took a rapid train that cost us less than 50 baht each.

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The old trains made me feel like Harry Potter waiting in Platform 9 and 3/4

The ride to Ayutthaya took a few hours, so J and I caught up on sleep, our hands securely wrapped around our backpacks. So by the time the train stopped at Ayutthaya, we had enough energy to bounce out the train, get on a tuktuk, and arrive safely at the place we would come to love:

Ayotthaya Riverside Bullet Review

Price: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Location: 3/5
Amenities: 4/5

J and I booked the Ayotthaya Riverside Guesthouse in Agoda because it was one of the places with the highest reviews AND an affordable price. And well, it was just perfect. The people were super kind and friendly people. They called a tuktuk for us when we needed it, they were more than willing to help us plan our Ayutthaya day, and they even gave us free toast with really good pineapple jam the day we had to leave.

The rooms were really good, too, especially considering the price. J and I paid around 400 baht for a single room with a big bed. Although there was no air conditioning, we still had a large fan, and we could keep the windows open in the night because there was a mosquito net around the bed. They have hammocks and dainty tables by the river: a perfect place to have breakfast in. And the toilet is this pretty wooden thing with no ceiling, so you can take a shower or whatever it is you want to do in the toilet literally under the stars with only a leafy tree blocking the way. Haaa, paradise. 

The only downside was the transportation. It was a bit of a distance from the central block where most of the temples could be found, but in the end this mattered little to us because almost all the locations in Ayutthaya are hard to get to anyway.

There are an ample amount of temples one can visit in Ayutthaya, and going through all of them would definitely bore you and take up too much of my study time, so instead, I’ll tell you about the top 5 temples we we loved in Ayutthaya. To go to all of these temples, we rented an Ayutthaya, paying around 400 baht for three hours, if I remember correctly. As for our entrance tickets, J and I bought the “All in ticket”, paying only 220 baht each as entrance to 6 temples, when it would have originally been 50 baht for each

1. Wat Chaiwatthanaram

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Siiiiiiiiigh. Isn’t it beautiful?

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Everywhere I looked seemed picturesque! Even the statues sitting peacefully on their mini temples

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That’s J basking in the glory of the place. Don’t the bricks look just beautiful?Wat Phra Mahathat

2. Wat Mahathat

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The eerily beautiful Buddha Head in tree roots. The signage beside it reads: The head was once part of a sandstone Buddha image which fell off the main body onto the ground. It was gradually trapped into the roots of a constantly growing Bodhi tree.

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This felt very jungle book-y to me. So beautiful.

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Yes. This milk tea will be part of my feature. We drank milk tea every single day we were there but we never got to taste anything that tasted half as good as the one we purchased in a small cart beside . A must try!

3. Wat Ratchaburana

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I know it’s far off, but this place made me think of the colloseum

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Window view

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This made me wonder if it was the body of the buddha’s head in the tree roots

What were your favorite temples in Ayutthaya? 🙂

 

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