Ayutthaya – the former capital of what became Thailand – is one of the most popular day trips from Bangkok. It is possible to see all Ayutthaya during a one-day visit. However, we will provide you with in-depth insights the Ayutthaya day trip has to offer. Let’s dive into our article today…
1. Wat Phukhao Thong
The area was under renovations, but the high white chedi was finished and open for visitors. The renovations and the perfect white color make the building looked brand new and remove the ancient charms. You should plan a Ayutthaya day trip in the early morning to avoid the heat as you climb up.
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2. Wat Lokaya Sutha
The 37-metre long and 8-meter high reclining Buddha is impressive. There are ruins of a monastery’s floors, walls and pillars behind it.
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3. Wat Worachettharam
Visitors are impressed by the beautiful seated Buddha in front of a bell-shaped chedi.
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4. Wat Phra Mahathat
People knew it for the Buddha’s head in the banyan tree. Of all the places, Wat Phra Mahathat is surely your favorite one during Ayutthaya day trip.
5. Wat Phra Si Sanphet
It is the largest temple in Ayutthaya, and the three chedis are impressive. There is a market nearby where you can buy food for lunch.
6. Wat Mongkhon Bophit
Wat Mongkhon Bophit is at the same place than Wat Phra Si Sanphet. There is a large Buddha image in this temple.
7. Bang Pa-In Royal Palace (Summer Palace)
It is a relaxing place to visit, but you can find its historical and architectural interests limited compared to Ayutthaya. The palace was initially constructed in 1632. But most of the buildings remaining were built at the end of the 19th century.
Other ultimate spots…
- Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon It it looks to me like one of the must-sees when in Ayutthaya. The first one onyour list after seeing images of its beautiful reclining Buddha, its large chedi, and its row of Buddha images.
- Wat Ratchaburana From Wat Phra Mahathat, you could see the beautiful prang (tower) in the distance. Some statues there are remarkably well-preserved, and I’d have been interested in seeing them.
- Sunset boat tour This one may not possible if you plan day tour from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. We are not sure at what time the last train leaves, but you will not take any risks to get stuck for the night.
It takes about two hours to go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. Joining your guide in his or her private car is the most comfortable way to travel to Ayutthaya (but not the most sustainable). If you’re in a small bus, try not to sit at the back if you tend to have a sore back. The road isn’t too bad, but you’d still feel it.
Some tours offer to go back to Bangkok by boat on the Chao Phraya river. We love the idea as that’s how the river was used in the past and probably very scenic. However, it means spending less time in Ayutthaya.
Once in Ayutthaya, there are many options to visit the different sites:
- By tuk-tuk
- By bike
- By mini-bus
- By coach
- By car
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