Day Trip to Ayutthaya, the Ancient Capital of Thailand
If you are trying to get away from the booming and busy city of Bangkok, Ayutthaya is just what you need. Learning about the history of the “Land of Smiles” will take you deep into the temples found spread through Ayutthaya. The ancient capital of Siam is located about 70 km or about an hour outside of Bangkok. As it may not be as much of a popular destination today, Ayutthaya was once the thriving capital of Thailand, home to over millions of people. The city flourished in the eyes of its competitors, who jealously drooled over the success of the city.
A brief history lesson for you.
Ayutthaya remained a powerful and thriving capital for over 400 years due to the extensive trading ports that welcomed a variety of foreigners to the rich land. Leaving them with the memory of impressive temples & architecture and exotic tastes. Not only did these trading ports bring new treasures to the city and allow the world to experience Ayutthaya and it’s glory, but the waters surrounding the capital also acted as a protective border from unwanted & unfriendly guests.
And like most powerful empires in our history books, Ayutthaya experienced its downfall with a brutal deadly twist in its timeline. In 1767, Ayutthaya fell. The Burmese charged and burned Ayutthaya to pieces, destroying the city, the history & the people. Everything found in Ayutthaya today are the remnants of the great capital.
Walking through the land today is a surreal experience. Most of what you see is about 50 temples left standing after the Burmese attack of 1767. A majority of the original palaces and temples were made from wood and didn’t survive the firey attack, walking around Ayutthaya you will notice a majority of the temples still remaining are made from stone.
How to Get There From Bangkok: 🚂 ,🚌 , 🚗
Fortunately getting to Ayutthaya from Bangkok is fairly straightforward, & can be done as a day trip or you can find a hotel/hostel and stay overnight to maximize your time. Organized Day Trip: Google it. Walk down the streets of Bangkok and find a shop. There are a number of companies that offer a variety of tours, find the one that works for you. Train 🚂 : by-pass traffic + train view ✔️ takes approximately 2 hours and cost ranges from 40 baht to 300 baht, depending on where you chose to sit.
Bus 🚌 : Leave from Bangkok’s Moh Chit station (northern bus terminal). They leave about every 20 minutes and costs ~$2 USD and the journey takes about 2 hours.
Keep in mind that a majority of the temples have an entry fee; which you pay at the temple entrance. Fees range from 20 baht to 50 baht but you can get a pass which covers some of the more popular temples. Now, start at the History Study Center, grab a pamphlet or a tour guide to gather some historical context to learn about the various ruins scattered throughout the city. Then grab a tuk-tuk, bicycle or double knot your laces.
Map of Ayutthaya:
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Have you been to Ayutthaya? Or Bangkok? Or Thailand 🇹🇭 ? What was the memorable and favorite experience for you? I would love to hear your stories!
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