Are you planning to travel to Ayutthaya in the near future? Its the old capital of Thailand and is one of the most impressive ruined cities in Asia, and a must-see for history buffs visiting the country. In this simple Traveler’s Guide to Ayutthaya, I want to share with you most everything you need to know to prepare you for your visit to this majestic place.
Tips for Travel to Ayutthaya, Thailand
Once one of the world’s wealthiest and most cosmopolitan cities, Ayuthaya’s gilded temples and treasure-laden palaces glittered from kilometres away. Today the dozens of ruins offer a tantalising glimpse into its glorious past. Dive into more detail in these helpful articles:
- Wat Kai, Ayutthaya – A Hell Temple & A Monkey Temple
- Vegetarian Food In Ayutthaya
- Things To Do In Ayutthaya – A Temple Boat Trip
- How To Get From Bangkok To Ayutthaya
Where to Stay in Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya offers great accommodation that fits most any budget. I recommend you check out the Ayutthaya options on Agoda, the most reliable place to search for Thailand hotels online. You can also get an in-depth review of the hotels that I stayed in Ayutthaya, which include plenty of pictures:
- Baan Are Gong Riverside Guesthouse– This was a great place stay, especially the location, as it was just a two minute walk from the train station.
As mentioned above, there are hotel and hostel options that should fit any preference and budget, so don’t be afraid to look around to find what suits you!
How to get to Ayutthaya
The easiest way to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is by train. Trains run almost hourly from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong station, and take around an hour and 45 minutes to complete the 71 km journey. The trains are 3rd class, and only have fans, not aircon. However, if you sit near the window, you’ll get a nice breeze. The fare is only 15 baht (30p, 45c), and you can buy tickets on the day. You usually get a few vendors coming around the train selling water and food.
Helpful Ayutthaya Resources
In addition to all the information you can find here on Renegade Travels, these are additional resources you might find useful:
- Official Ayutthaya Website – The official page for the city and any other travel information.
- Lonely Planet Islands & Beaches – An excellent resource for all of Thailands best beach resorts, including Kanchanaburi
Finally, if you’re looking for an extremely comprehensive look at Thailand, our first recommendation is to grab a copy of the Lonely Planet Thailand guide. You can purchase the physical book (which is quite thick) or the electronic version, which is much easier to travel with.
Enjoy your visit to Ayutthaya!