Ah Ayutthaya, we’ve all heard good things about you. The ancient capital of Siam, once one of the most modern and thriving cities in the entire world, brought to ruins by the Burmese in 1767. The small city is rich in history, and there’s plenty to do. You can take a day trip from Bangkok to here and do all of it in a short window of time – but we’d recommend getting the train (14 baht for a third class ticket), and staying the night. Here’s our top three things to do in Ayutthaya – kept short so that you can do them at your leisure over a 24 hour period (I know, so thoughtful).
1: Yeah, you guessed it, we’re going to say visit the ruins. You can’t escape it really (but you know, we’re guessing that as you’re visiting in the first place, you don’t want to). The ruins are spectacular. You have to pay 50 baht to enter each site, or, if you’re certain you want to see them all, you can pay 250 baht for an all entry ticket to six ruins. We decided on specific sites we wanted to visit, and paid for them separately as this saved in the long run. We would strongly recommend adding Wat Phra Si Sanphet to your ‘must see’ list of ruins (arguably the most historically important – the holiest temple on the site of the Royal Palace).
2: Walk through the park. The park is absolutely beautiful, with plenty to look at, from small temples, picturesque bridges, to some fascinating wildlife. And it’s free, which means *ding ding ding* we like it.
3: Seen the ruins? Good. Alright, so what’s next? The night market of course. Oh, we can hear you thinking, so this is what the day trippers are missing out on. Yes! Always stay for the night market, and get yourself an exciting and delicious dinner. The night market is just off Chikun Alley, which is essentially the main street in the city.
Enjoy your time in beautiful Ayutthaya!