64. Ayutthaya, Thailand
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Ayutthaya, Thailand used to he the seat of the Siam Kingdom, today its a city with rich history and if you like temples, you should definitely visit. This historic city is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. And of course visiting the people of Thailand.
Ayutthaya, Thailand sits about 80km north of the city of Bangkok and makes an easy day trip or you can spend a few nights there.
How To Get Here
There is train service provided by the State Railway of Thailand from Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Station and other cities. Just head to the Central station in Bangkok to get your tickets. You can find schedules online. There are different types of trains, so decide how luxurious you want the journey to be.
Once you arrive, u can take a Tuk Tuk or a taxi, whichever you prefer.
The nearest airport are the two airports in Bangkok; Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Thailand (BKK) and Bangkok-Don Mueang, Thailand (DMK). Both airports are accessible by trains, from which you can easily get to Ayutthaya. As a matter of act, the train to Ayutthaya from Bangkok stops at Don Mueang airport.
The following airlines serve Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi (BKK)
Aeroflot (SU), Air Astana (KC), Air Austral (UU), Air China (CA), Air France (AF), Air India (AI), All Nippon Airlines (NH) , Asiana Airlines (OZ), Bangkok Airways (PG), Beijing Capital Airlines (JD), Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG), British Airways (BA), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), Cebu Pacific Air (5J), China Airlines (CI), China Eastern Airlines (MU), China Southern Airlines (CZ), Druk Air (KB), Eastar Jet (ZE), El Al Airlines (LY), Emirates (EK), Egyptair (MS), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Etihad Airways (EY), Eurowings (EW), EVA Airways (BR), Finnair (AY), FlyDubai (FZ), Garuda Indonesia (GA), Gulf Air (GF), Hainan Airlines (HU), HB, Hong Kong Airlines (HX), IndiGo Airlines (6E), Japan Airlines (JL), Jeju Air (7C), Jet Airways (9W), Jetstar Airways (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K), Jetstar Pacific Airlines (BL), Jin Air (LJ), Juneyao Airlines (HO), Kenya Airways (KQ), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Korean Airlines (KE), Kuwait Airways (KU), Lao Airlines (QV), Lucky Air (8L), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Mahan Air (W5), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Myanmar Airways International (8M), Nepal Airlines (RA), Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY), Okay Airways (BK), Oman Air (WY), Peach Aviation (MM), Philippine Airlines (PR), Qantas (QF), Qatar Airways (QR), Regent Airways (RX), Rossiya Airlines (FV), Royal Brunei Airlines (BI), Royal Jordanian (RJ), S7 Airlines (S7), Shandong Airlines (SC), Shanghai Airlines (FM), Shenzhen Airlines (ZH), Sichuan Airlines (3U), Singapore Airlines (SQ), Spicejet (SG), Spring Airlines (9C), SriLankan (UL), Swiss Airlines (LX), Thai Airways (TG), THAI Smile Airways (WE), Tiger Airways (TR), Turkmenistan Airlines (T5), T’Way Airlines (TW), Ukraine International (PS), Ural Airlines (U6), Uzbekistan Airways (HY), Vietjet Air (VJ), Vietnam Airlines (VN) and Xiamen Air (MF).
The following airlines serve Bangkok-Don Mueang (DMK):
Air Asia (AK) Indonesia Air Asia (QZ), China Express Airlines (G5), Kan Air (K8), Maldivian Airline (Q2), New Gen Airways (E3), Nok Air (DD), Orient Thai Airlines (OX), Philippine Airlines (PR), Scoot (TZ), Thai Asia Airways (FD), Thai AirAsia X (XJ), Thai Lion Air (SL) and TOR Air (OD).
You can take a bus from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2 on the subway) and that will take you to the Ayutthaya’s main terminal on Naresuan Road. Journey time is about 2 hours. Traffic in Bangkok is manic at times so it may take longer. Choose between air conditioned and non-air conditioned buses which are cheaper. Opt for the air conditioned as it can get pretty in Thailand.
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
Where To Stay
Ayutthaya has many places to stay. When I visited, I was a guest of the Kameo Collection Hotels.
==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.
==>> Try Airbnb.
Where To Eat
Thai for is amazing and very spicy, so watch out. You can eat at local restaurants, your hotel or the local markets. The Ayutthaya Night Market is a must see while you are there
==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.
What To Do
Of course visiting the Summer Palace is a must do as well as the old city. Wear comfortable shoes and sun screen as it gets really hot. Plus ensure you are dressed properly when entering the Temples as they are a place of worship. Observe all the local customs and signs. Check out the Night Market as well as the local day market on the river.
==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.
==>> Here are some tours from Viator.
Currency: Thai Baht (THB)