Ayutthaya a small port city which is usually visited during a day drip from Bangkok as it is only about 80 kilometers north from it. When it was still a capital of the Kingdom of Siam, it was safe to considered it as one of the world’s wealthiest and most cosmopolitan cities. Inside you would find ruins of ancient temples and memory of treasure-laden palaces. Unfortunately, Ayutthaya was brutally plundered by Burmese in 1767. Its temples and palaces were destroyed and now the city bares just little resemblance to once glorious past.

We found Ayutthaya as a great get away from always busy Bangkok. Calm and relaxing atmosphere makes it so easy to adapt to city’s rhythm. The towering stupas and ruins across the town even nowadays create an impression about once mighty Kingdom which thrived on trade and created art.

Helpful tips

Restaurants. There are multiple places in the city where you can find descent food. In most of the local restaurants you will find price and quality ratio alright and food fresh, especially fish. In many restaurants they even have aquariums where you can choose food. Stop by and try local food in street markets, look for a cleaner place and enjoy!

Markets. In Ayutthaya as in almost every other city in Thailand you will easily find a lot of cheap souvenirs to put on your fridge. Local markets will charge you less the less you look like a tourist and if you know some simple Thai phrases, that will melt their hearts away. In shops all over city prices vary around same level, thus, choose a more convenient for you. Tesco Lotus accepts card payment, even if you do not spend 300 baths as in every other shop like for instance 7/11. We found it particularly convenient when you just need something like a water bottle or some snacks.

Transportation. To get to Ayutthaya you can use car, bus, train or plane as it is relatively close to the capital from Don Mueang International Airport to the city is just around 60 km. We traveled to Ayutthaya using hitchhiking from Bangkok. After we got out of Bangkok it was an easy trip. First, we took a metro to the last station in the north and from there we walked for couple kilometers to reach the main road. Successfully caught a ride and reached our target. Either way you choose, be aware that infrastructure is quite developed, roads are huge with many lines and there is a lot of traffic. Do not forget to also enjoy the trip not only the destination.

Inside the city you will find yourself using local Tuk Tuk’s, bikes which are one of the most convenient transportation devices used to get around. However, exploration is doable on foot if you decide to skip on bike.

Best of luck planning your holidays in Thailand!

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