How does one get to Ayutthaya? Do you take the Ayutthaya Bangkok train, or is the Ayutthaya bus a better option? Both of these will be cheap but are they easy? What about booking an Ayutthaya day trip itinerary through a tour company? We will explore all these options but first a bit of history.
Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand for over 400 years. Founded in the mid-thirteenth century, Ayutthaya became the second capital of Siam after Sukhothai. Ayutthaya occupied the prime location between China, India and the Malay lands to the south.
This positioned Ayutthaya as one of the trading centres of Asia and even the world. It is reported by around the year 1700 Ayutthaya had become the largest city in the world with a total population of over 1 million people. This made trading in Ayutthaya of great interest to merchants from regions as the Arab world, China, India, Japan, Portugal, the Netherlands and France. Just as this amazing centre was shining with gold-laden Palaces, Temples and floating vessels from all over the world it all came to an end very quickly.
In 1767 the Burmese resumed their long fought and ongoing hostilities with Thailand and almost completely burnt the city down to the ground.
Today Ayutthaya is famous for what the Burmese left standing, ruins of an ancient capital see people flocking to the Ayutthaya Historic Site every day.
Was it busting with shops and merchants selling things from all parts of the world? Did the Royal Family parade down the main road in carriages or on elephants? How much gold were the temples filled with?
If public transport or the driving option don’t suit you an organized Bangkok to Ayutthaya tour is your best bet. There are many Ayutthaya tours running from Bangkok daily. Some of the positives of going on an organized tour can be:
- You don’t have to get to Bangkok train or bus stations
- You can usually organize a pickup and drop off at your accommodation
- You will have a guide that will keep you informed on the journey out to the Ayutthaya Temples
- Entry tickets to the sights are usually included
- One price for everything
- An organized tour of the sights when you visit Ayutthaya
- If you have children you may be able to take some extras for them and then have somewhere to keep the extra bags so you don’t have to carry them around
Here we will highlight 3 different Ayutthaya day tours available for you. Then at the end, we will add a link to view the full range of tours.
Ayutthaya Day Tour by Bus & Boat
Visit the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the capital of Siam. Enjoy a river cruise and take in the beautiful scenery and sites along the river.
- Visit the remarkable Bang Pa-In Summer Palace
- Explore ancient ruins of monasteries, Buddhist temples and palaces
- Cruise along the river from Ayutthaya back to Bangkok while enjoying a delicious lunch
- Witness the biggest reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya, at a length of 42 meters
- See Wat Mahatat, where the head of a Buddha is tangled in a tree trunk and roots
- Hotel pick-up and drop off from central Bangkok hotels (if option selected)
Duration 9 hours
Customers rated this tour 4.3 out of 5 from over 1100 reviews
5 UNESCO Temples Small Group Tour From Bangkok
Escape Bangkok for the day and journey to the Ancient city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. Visit 5 UNESCO-listed temples and the National Museum which contains important artifacts from the Kingdom’s 417-year history.
- Take a day trip to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand
- Marvel at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and the Royal Palace grounds,
- Journey to Wat Mahathat, one of the oldest and most significant temples
- Visit Wat Ratchaburana where gold treasures were found in 1957
- Explore the collections in the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
- Enjoy lunch at Krungsri River Hotel before visiting more important monasteries
Duration 9-10 hours
Customer rating 4.8 out of 5 from 13 reviews
Ayutthaya Day Tour with Sunset Boat Ride from Bangkok: Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Wat Lokayasutharam & More
This Ayutthaya tour takes you to the historical wonders of Thailand’s ancient capital. Ayutthaya is home to ruins and grand temples, surrounded by the Chao Phraya, Pa Sak and Lop Buri Rivers. The former capital is filled with mystique and grandeur that truly reflects ancient Siam.
- Learn about the rich, enchanting history of Buddhism with visits to three of the most important temples in Ayutthaya – Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Si Sanphet and Wat Lokayasutharam
- Discover the former glory and grandeur of Ayutthaya with a visit to Bang Pa-In Summer Palace
- Take a ride around the mystical city of Ayutthaya on a motorboat and marvel at the ancient ruins and structures
- Savour a delicious local lunch at Ayutthaya Floating Market while watching a Thai cultural show
Duration 11.5 hours
Rated 4.5 out of 5 from over 2,200 reviews
There is a wide and varied range of tours available to Ayutthaya and surrounds. You will find tours by boat, bike, Tuk-Tuk, minibus, private group and so many more are available for your choice. We recommend you use Get Your Guide or Klook to book your Ayutthaya Day tour.
Bangkok to Ayutthaya Train
The train to Ayutthaya can take around 80 to 120 minutes to complete the 71.08 km journey from Bangkok’s main train station. There are 32 scheduled trains a day to Ayutthaya. The train is known however to get delayed in the busy stretch of the railway coming out of Bangkok. It is not uncommon for the journey to take 30 minutes or more than scheduled.
The Bangkok to Ayutthaya train we caught suffered this sort of delay on our way to back to Bangkok near the Hua Lamphing station.
Bangkok Station: You will need to get to Hua Lamphong Station. It can be reached on the Bangkok MRT. Hua Lamphong is located in Bangkok’s Chinatown district. The station has 12 platforms. Even though it is the central station in Bangkok it’s very easy to get around.
The Ayutthaya train station is small and easily navigated. If you have a return ticket on the Ayutthaya Bangkok train you can pretty much jump on any train heading back into the city
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Driving to Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya is located 81 kilometers north of Bangkok. The drive will take you anywhere between 1 hour 15 minutes and one hour forty five minutes. The drive there takes in the highway and passes Don Mueang International Airport on the way out of Bangkok before turning off to Ayutthaya close to the town.
A combination of route 32 and route 9 will lead you out of the city into Ayutthaya. There is parking near the historical site.
Bus to Ayutthaya
There is no longer a direct bus service to Ayutthaya. You need to make your way to Morchit Bus Terminal in the north of Bangkok and book a minibus transfer. You can get to Morchet by taking the BTS to the Morchet BTS station. The BTS station and the bus station are NOT in the same place. You will need to grab a cab or Grab to get to the bus station.
Once at Morchet just ask around at the ticket counters for where to book the minibus to Ayutthaya or book it online at 12go Asia here with us.
The Banglol Ayutthaya minivan makes stops along the way to the ancient capital of Thailand. Don’t get off before the end of the route at Naresuan Alley, the main street which runs parallel to the Chao Phrom market and is close to Wat Mahathat.
When in Ayutthaya you can hire push bikes to get around and explore or there will be no shortages of tuk tuk drivers waiting for you.
How to get to Bangkok
Bangkok has 2 airports, Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport. You will find Don Mueang Airport is home to budget carriers such as AirAsia, Nok and Thai Lion Air. Suvarnabhumi Airport handles mainly full-service international flights in the Thailand capital.
Bangkok is served by bus and train connections from all over the country on a daily basis. You can get a train or bus north to Chiang Mai and a bus, train combination south to Krabi.
Morchit Bus Station in the north of Bangkok handles many of the arrivals and departures having way over 150 bays on site. For all your bus and train booking we recommend and use 12go Asia.
Both airports have rental cars waiting to hire and pick up onsite after your landing. Driving around Bangkok can be very time consuming with large amounts of traffic congestion every day. For all your hire car needs check here to compare prices
Where to stay in Bangkok
Bangkok is a megacity with over 10 million people. Bangkok received over 20 million visitors in 2017. This means a lot of tourist accommodation is needed and available. You will find everything from backpacker hostels through to 5 start luxury waiting for you.
Do I need a visa to enter Thailand?
Yes, you do. If you are only staying in Thailand for under 30 days you will get a visa on arrival at the airport. If you want to stay 30-60 days you will need to apply for a visa in your home country at the Thai embassy or you will need to do a visa run. A Visa run is where you leave Thailand by land or plane and then re-enter thus renewing your visa for an extra 30 days.
How to get to your hotel from the airport in Bangkok?
Both airports have official taxi ranks. They charge you 50baht to make sure you get a taxi with a meter. If they don’t put on the meter get out as they are known to rip off tourists. Taxi prices in Bangkok are very reasonable.
How do I get around Bangkok?
You can use the MRT or the BTS both Bangkok transport systems. If there is 4 of you travelling you may find it cheaper to use a GRAB or a taxi. It will be cheaper but not quicker
Currency Exchange and ATM’s in Bangkok Thailand
We had no problem withdrawing money from ATM’s. One thing about Asia is there is an ATM on every corner just about. Try and withdrawal multiple days worth of money at a time. It was costing us $5 (Australian) in withdrawal fees.
What type of money do they use in Thailand?
The money in Thailand is the Baht. You will find coins of 25 and 50 Satang, 1, 2, 5 and 10 baht. The banknotes come in denominations of 10 baht, 20 baht, 50 baht, 100 baht, 500 baht and 1,000 baht.
We hope this article helps you with getting to this amazing historical attraction for you and your teenager when visiting the Thai capital. Ayutthaya with teenagers is a brilliant learning attraction Your teenager in Ayutthaya will be entertained and educated by this amazing city. Don’t forget to check out our other travel with Teenagers destination guides
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