Getting from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is easy-peasy: There are many busses going, but I preferred to take the train. It was an...experience; mainly because trains in Thailand are less reliable than (tourist) busses, so that we had to wait more than one hour - for a ride of about 60 minutes.

Hua Lamphong Staion
Waiting at Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok for the train to Ayutthaya.

The train station is in the outskirts of Ayutthaya, but tuk tuks are waiting for the passengers.

You'll probably spend the entire day walking - or even better cycling - around from temple ruin to temple ruin. There is really a lot of beauty to admire, you can easily spend two days. I did it in one but at the end of the day I was really exhausted! Former royal city Ayutthaya prides itself to host about 500 ruins and to be therefore part of UNESCO world heritage.


There are many people - mostly larger tourist groups - coming on day trips to Ayutthaya but they are mostly visiting only the bigger ruins so you can still have a tranquil, relaxed day.

Here are the sights not to be missed - all located within walking resp. cycling distance. One tip for your cycling: don't forget to put lots of sun protection on the back of your hands since this will be the part of your body that's mostly exposed to the sun. I did have a slight sunburn there in the evening.

Ancient Palace
Wang Luang, the former palace - today's royal palace in Bangkok was build accordingly - with Wat Phra Si San Phet, which used to be the holiest temple (destroyed in 1767 by the Burmese)

Wat Lokayasutharam
The reclining Buddha at Wat Lokayasutharam is 40 m/131 ft long, and his majestic head is resting on four lotus buds.

Wat Chai Watthanaram
Wat Chai Watthanaram is located on the West bank of river Chao Phraya. It stems from the Khmer era and was destroyed by the Burmese - therefore all the Buddha statues are beheaded which gives the place a morbid feel.

Wat Mahathat
The Mona Lisa of Ayutthaya: Probably no other sight in Ayutthaya is photographed as often as this stone buddha head in a tree at Wat Mahathat.

Wat Ratburana
Wat Ratburana - Wat Mahathat's twin temple and neighbor. Don't miss the disclosed burial chamber with the ancient wall paintings.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkon
Wat Yai Chai Mongkon is a bit too far from the city centre to cycle there, especially in the heavy traffic. I took a tuk tuk there, and the lady driver was friendly enough to wait for me at the gate to take me back to my bike. This Wat is very copious - it prides itself to have 135 Buddha statues - and absolutely worth the detour.

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