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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ayutthaya, Thailand: Historical and Cultural Tour

During my second day in Bangkok, I went to Ayutthaya City riding through Bangkok’s State Railway Train. The train ticket to Ayutthaya from Bang Sue station cost THB 14. You can read more details about Bangkok Transportation from here: "Where To In Bangkok?".

Bang Sue station
Bang Sue Train Junction

Arriving Ayutthaya Station, head straight directly near the pier and ride the ferry boat going the other side of river. The ferry boat costs THB 4 and around 5 minutes travel. Here were the historical places I visited in Ayutthaya that will surely captivate your interests: 

Ayutthaya Historical City
    • Wat Ratchaburana
    • Wat Mahathat
    • Wat Lokayasutharam 
    • Elehpant Ride
    • Wat Phra Mongkhol Bophit
    • Wat Sri Sanphet
TRAVEL TIP: Upon arriving the other side of the river, walk a few meters going to the market and hire a tuktuk for your Ayutthaya Tour. Try your best to haggle down the price with the Tuktuk driver. THB 300 should already be a good price.

Ayutthaya market
Streets of Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya has a lot of scenic temples to offer. It's a very humble experience to be up close and personal with Thailand's history and be awed with these beautiful architectures. Here are some of the places I visited during my 6-hour trip in Ayutthaya.

Wat Ratcha Burana - Temple of the Royal Restoration (Entrance Fee: THB 50)

Wat Ratchaburana Entrance
Wat Ratcha Burana Entrance

Wat Ratchaburana

Wat Ratchaburana view

Wat Maha That (Entrance Fee: THB 50)

Wat Mahathat Entrance

Wat Mahathat buddha headWat Mahathat buddha

Buddhas on Wat

Wat Lokayasutharam – Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Wat Lokayasutharam
Wat Lokayasutharam
meditating at Wat LokayasutharamWat Lokayasutharam serenity

TRAVEL TIP: The Wat Pho Reclining Buddha was patterned from Wat Lokayasutharam. The size, designs, and details we're almost the same!

Elephant Ride in Ayutthaya

Thailand is famous for elephant ride and it's more fun to do it in Ayutthaya. An elephant ride here costs THB 450 per person and the ride takes around 20 minutes around the park. A lot of tourists are lining up for the ride so be patient and you'll have your chance.

Ayutthaya elephant
Little Dumbo Eating Corn
Elephant tricks at Ayutthaya

Wat Phra Mongkhol Bophit

Wat Phra Mongkhol Bophit
Wat Phra Mongkhol Bophit

Gold Buddha at Wat Phra Mongkhol BophitGold Buddha at Wat Phra Mongkhol Bophit_02

Wat Sri Sanphet

Wat Sri Sanphet
Wat Sri Sanphet

Wat Sri Sanphet viewWat Sri Sanphet nice view

Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to visit all the temples and places and here are some still remained unticked in my to-do list:
  • Wat Chaiwattanaram 
  • Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon 
  • Wat Phu Khao Thong

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  1. Ayutthaya is really a must visit. And if you have a whole day, you can rent a bicycle and and tour around every corners of the city.

    1. Definitely agree with your suggestion Ian! I've seen a lot of tourists touring the city riding their rented bikes.. Unfortunately for me, I only had few hours available that time..

      Anyhow, I would surely visit Ayutthaya next time!

      Keep traveling!




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