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Central Thailand
86 km from Bangkok
Province of Ayutthaya
S Thai prononciation : Ayoutaya


Recomm. stay
1 à 3 jours


General Information about Ayutthaya

Capital of the kingdom for four centuries, Ayutthaya and its region have kept many traces of that glorious past. The ruins of the most visited temples are integrated into the actual city ( this aprt is often called the Historical park of Ayutthaya ), others are in the the periphery. In addition to the Wat Phra Si Sanphet with its three chedis that is the symbol of the city, there is a quieter area Wat Mongkol Bophit with reclining Buddha and a few temples and sitting Buddhas. Don't miss, a little outside of this area ) the very well preserved and beautiful Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol. Its two giant stone Buddhas on both sides of the main chedi and the square of Buddhas statues make it one of the most remarkable of Thailand. One a the favorite of thailandee's team ! Note that it can sometimes be quite cold at night in Ayuthaya. Take your precautions.

Accommodations in Ayutthaya

Sleeping in Ayutthaya is easy and cheap. There are many very cheap guesthouses and small hotels in Ayutthaya. It is not really necessary to book in advance, you will find a room quite easily. The area where the accommodation concentration is the highest is around Ho Rattanachai Road on the other side of Pa Sak River. If you arrive by bus, you will be in the middle of this area, if you arrive by train, you will just have to take the street opposite to the train station and take the boat that will take you to the other side for a few bahts.

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My recommandations

People often ask me what accommodations I recommaend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Ayutthaya.

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Practical information about Ayutthaya

To come to Ayutthaya, we recommend the train, slightly longer than the bus ( around 2 hours depending on the train), ideally in third class. It is more practical even if trains are always late in Thailand and taking the train in third class, is something to do at least one time. Please not that booking train tickets Bangkok - Ayutthaya online in advance is not possible beacuase the distance is too short and the price to low. You will have to buy your tickets at Hua Lamphong Railway station before taking the train. Don't worry, you will laways get tickets. Once arrived at Ayutthaya train station, take the street almost opposite to the station. At the end of the street, you can take a boat to cross the river and arrive in the area where most of guesthouses are. Or if you prefer take on of the tuk-tuks waiting at Railway station.

How to get around in Ayutthaya ?

There are no taxi in Ayutthaya but you have tuk-tuks everywhere. You can hire drivers for severals hours or even for the entire day (the average price is around 200 THB per hour regardless of the number of people) and define your visit program with them. Near the city center's temples, samlows (pedicabs) also offer their services. We recommend you to rent bicycles. Many guesthouses (sometimes for free) and travel agencies rent bikes for 30-40 THB day. This is the most enjoyable way to visit Ayutthaya. There are boats in several places to cross the river and avoid detours via the bridge. There is one down the street from the train station for easy access to the guesthouses area but there are others like the one to go from fortress Phom Phet to Wat Choeng Phanan. Crossing the price 4 THB, 10 THB if you have a bicycle. You can also use GRAB app (similar to UBER but UBER does not operate in Southestern Asia any more) to order a transportation.

Festivals in Ayutthaya ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Ayutthaya. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
ceremony of world wai kru muay thai

Ceremony of World Wai Kru Muay Thai

This festival generally takes place in the month of March

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ayutthaya aquatic phansa festival

Ayutthaya Aquatic Phansa Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of July

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ayutthaya long boat race festival

Ayutthaya Long boat race Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of June

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ayutthaya loy krathong in ancient city

Ayutthaya Loy Krathong in Ancient City

This festival generally takes place in the month of November

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ayutthaya world heritage fair

Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair

This festival generally takes place in the month of December

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the glorious of ayutthaya fair

The Glorious of Ayutthaya Fair

This festival generally takes place in the month of December

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How to ask in Thai to go to Ayutthaya ?

I want to go to Ayutthaya / Yak paï ti Ayoutaya.
Where is Ayutthaya ? / Ayoutaya you ti naï ?

Must-visits in Ayutthaya

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

My opinion :
the most visited temple in Ayuthaya, three chedis perfectly preserved make this wat very unique.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

My opinion :
perfectly restored, a very beautiful temple with two large Buddhas on each side of the big chedi and a reclyning Buddha a little further. Around the main building a square with buddhas statues. It is better to visit it early in the morning around 8:30-9:00, there are very few visitors and you will practically have the temple for you alone.

Wat Phanan Choeng

My opinion :
Temple on the outskirts of the city, it has a huge golden Buddha sitting

Wat Mahathat

My opinion :
very ruined especially interesting for its Buddha head trapped in the roots of a tree

Wat Mongkhon Bophit

My opinion :
close to the Wat Phra Si Sanphet, it houses a huge bronze Buddha.

Wat Chai Wattanaram

My opinion :
Khmer-style temple outside the city. It can be accessed by longtail (boat) from the Chankasem Palace Pier.

Wat Lokaya Sutha

My opinion :
and its reclining Buddha

Ayutthaya Weekend Nigh Market

My opinion :
This night market offers a very nice decor and a pleasant atmosphere. It is held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in the heart of the city near the most famous historical temples of Ayutthaya. This is particularly a place that I recommend for dinner and discover the local cuisine.

Wat Phra Ngam

My opinion :
This small temple is very rarely mentioned in guide books but its ''Gate of Time'', a ruined arch in the roots of a tree, is probably one of the most photogenic places n Ayutthaya. I let you judge by looking at my pictures and decide if you want to go or not.

Wat Niwet Thammaprawat

My opinion :
This temple located in Bang Pa In 25 kilometers in the South from Ayutthaya is unique and surprising for two reasons: it is a Buddhist temple with a neo-Gothic church architecture and the way to access it is not common.
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Weather & climate in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya has a tropical savanna climate. The winters are dry and very hot. Temperatures rise until April, the hottest month of the year with a maximum average temperature of 36 °C. The monsoon season extends from the end of April to October, with heavy rains and temperatures a little more fresh during the day.

The rainiest month of the year in Ayutthaya is August.

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