Ayutthaya World Heritage Tour

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91/1 Moo 10, Ayutthaya, Thailand
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Ayutthaya World Heritage Tour Reviews

LadyAnabelise LadyAnab…
11 reviews
Ayutthaya Mar 25, 2011
If you are in Bangkok, I definitely recommend you to visit this World Herritage city of Ayutthaya. Just take a day trip from Bangkok. Ayutthaya was a capital city of Thailand and it was invaded and destroyed by the Burmese. I really felt peace when I was there, for some reasons.
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kimberIy kimberIy
3 reviews
Ayutthaya Mar 05, 2011
This is probably the highlight of my trip! Worth every penny. I had 2 tour guides with ayutthaya boat & travel. Cycled for about 2 hours with crazy traffic to historical spots and learnt heaps! Makes me kinda regret having no tour guides for grand palace because i understood so much more.
ran into local kids on field trip!
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all buddha statues' head were off,…
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pieceofcake pieceofc…
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Ayutthaya - motorbike tour Jan 29, 2011
1. Ayutthaya kingdom

A must visit site if you are into historical site and Buddhist culture.

Quick historical fact: "Ayutthaya was a Siamese kingdom that existed from 1351 to 1767. It is estimated that Ayutthaya by the year 1600 CE had a population of about 300,000, with the population perhaps reaching 1,000,000 around 1700 CE, making it one of the world's largest cities at that time. In 1767 the city was destroyed by the Burmese army, resulting in the collapse of the kingdom. The ruins of the old city now form the Ayutthaya historical park, which is recognized internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site."

How to get there: Take air-con minibus from BTS train Victory Monument (N3) costs USD3, but you need to wait until the van is filled.

The trip is around 1hr and 15mins. You can take train with beautiful landscape but it could take longer. (PS if you need to meet a Travbuddy, ticketing office and exit 2 entrance is good meet up spot)

Consider this place used to be a kingdom with 1 million populations, it's huge. You cannot see all these temples on foot. Some review suggested to ride bicycle, but under hot weather that could be tough so hiring motorbike is recommended. When we arrived Ayutthaya we were dropped by the main road where nowhere close to the kingdom but people there were waiting to offer you expensive tuk tuk (auto rickshaw) hire. They offered us USD10/per hour/per person. We then paid USD 50 cents (I can't remember exactly how much but little) to hire the motorbike to take us into the Ayutthaya east edge, it was 5-10 minutes ride.

We went to a hostel first to hire motorbike but they are all out so we went to a travel agent to hire 2 motorbikes from them. The cost was USD 6 + gas USD 2 for whole day; we rode for almost 6 hours. Note that company needed to keep your original passport but they need not to check your driving license. The other important thing is do remember to take business card from the hiring company and make sure you got address, map and phone number. It's extremely hard to remember the way back to return the bikes at dusk where everything looked so different and every street looked the same! And get a free map from the shop, your journey begins!

Map for reference: http://www.travelfish.org/map_detail/thailand/bangkok_and_surrounds/ayutthaya/ayutthaya/32

Suggestions: You can do some research on which temple or sites you want to go, it is impossible to go to every sites within half day.

And it is not easy to find direction as some of the road sign is in Thai, so you need to remember the name of the places you want to go in Thai (e.g Wat Lokaya Sutha instead of lying Buddha, Wat Mahathat instead of the famous Buddha head) or get a postcard to show the people to ask for direction. And local people there are generally very friendly (one of the temples even offered us iced bottle water!) but they could not speak good English, so you can ask them to point the direction for you. After returning the motorbikes in the travel agent, I asked the cute girl there (I guess she was the daughter of the owner) to take us to the minibus station to go back to Bangkok. She was so kind to walk us there!
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aelder2259 aelder22…
216 reviews
Historical & Educational Apr 09, 2009
The first stop on the tour was at Bang Pa-In, which is one of the summer palaces of the king. There are lots of gardens and they style is very much Versaillesque. For 200 bahts, rent a golf cart instead of walking since there is a lot of acreage and very hot.

The next stop on the tour was the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. After invasion by the Burmese, the capital was abandoned. Many ruins remain, including hundreds of Buddhist statues missing their heads (I assume they were defaced by the invaders who were Muslim).

The tour is great for anyone interested in archeology and history of Thailand.

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