Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand
Ayutthaya Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Reviews
Must see for those who love ruins! Jun 23, 2011
We plan to go to Ayutthaya by train but ended going with a private car after being offered at the train station. Offer was 2000baht but was able to negotiate at 1500baht. Top attractions for me are:
1) the ruins with the buddha head being incorporated in the roots of the tree
2) the big Wat ruins which gives a "Ankor Wat" feeling. Some Wat are leaning already..
3) reclining buddha..compared to the one in Bangkok, this is not gold but in open space so you could easily take picture of the whole buddha and with no entrance fee too :)
I don't know the names anymore but this is a usual itinerary for a booked car trip...we went to more places and even tho the driver dont speak much english, we got to let him understand we want to eat lunch at some point and he brought us to a restaurant beside the river...very nice :)
Private car would be more comfortable and maybe even cheaper for groups of 3 or more. Alternative would be by train which is 315baht/pax/way so that's already 630baht/person roundtrip. When you get there you will need to hire tuk-tuks which could cost around 400baht/hour and even if you got it down to 200/hour, thats still 800baht for 4 hours and non-airconditioned. Car provides you the relief from the heat as Thailand is hot and also the security of leaving your things/bag inside the enclosed car.
This seemed the highlight of my trip! I love ruins! :)
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Ayutthaya Ancient City Apr 29, 2011
It was a very nice experience and good for a day trip if your staying in Bangkok.
To get here you take a bus or the skytrain to Victoria Monument station. Just below the station skywalk complex there is an area of minivans and a booth. You can ask around there where you can get to Ayyuthaya, and they will tell you which van to go in.
Its about a 10-12 passenger van, I think 1 leaves about every half an hour
The trip takes about 30minutes. Once your there, watch out! there will be plenty of taxi drivers offering you deals to tour you around.
For the best experience, get a map and rent a bike for about half a day. Or go by foot, theres not much shaded areas so bring a hat, face cloth, water bottle and sunscreen.
There are about 10 attractions in total, but 3-4 places is enough to go see, and wouldnt cost too much.
Have fun !
A fascinating look back in time May 18, 2008
Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand from 1350 to 1767, and is a great place to visit on a day trip from Bangkok.
We were bussed there and sailed back along the Chao Praya River into the centre of Bangkok.
Bang Pa-In on the way is definitely worth a stop too...it's a former Summer Palace of the Royal Family and very impressive. It was most recently restored in 2001 (just after I last visited) and one of the fun things is you can hire a golf buggy to go around the grounds (which are immaculate and very well kept) if the heat is a bit much, but you can certainly walk round, it's not that big!
My favourite site in Ayutthaya is Wat Yai Chaimonkorn, where Buddhas line the walls, and are - if memory serves - tombstones for the ashes of wealthy families. Each Buddha is draped in saffron cloth and it's a very striking image. There's also a huge reclining Buddha and the massive stupa is there too...easy to take lots of great photos!
Elsewhere there are lots of temples (Wats) which are pretty much all in a bad state of repair. Ayutthaya was ransacked by Burmese invaders, who did things like setting fire to a huge Buddha in Wat Phra Si Sanphet which was covered in solid gold...the fire melted the metal and left a concrete Buddha.
The other main site is Wat Thammikarat, where there are many Buddhas still wearing their robes...even though the sites were ransacked by the Burmese they are still considered sacred. But because most of the sites in Ayutthaya are no longer working temples (I think there is one still housing monks) you don't need to worry about covering your legs, etc, but it's still wise to respect local customs.
Ayutthaya is a very photogenic and interesting place. It's a shame so much of it go damaged, but it provides contrast to the gilded Wats in Bangkok. I'd say it's definitely a day trip location, and somewhere I'd like to go back to.