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    Drive to and From Ayuthaya

    by machomikemd Written Nov 8, 2012
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    Favorite thing: if you booked an ayuthaya whole day tour combination of river cruise and bus, either you get to ayuthaya from bang pain via bus in the morning or in the afternoon. the cuise boats dock at the bang pa in area and there is a further 50 minute to 1 hour drive from bang pa in to ayuthaya via well paved and elevated expressways.

    you can also get a minivan service to and from ayuthaya if you are back packing instead that operates from the Victory Monument square in Bangkok. The cost is 70 baht, takes around 1 hour to 1 hour 20 min or via a bus at the Bus Station in Mo Chit area (just beside the Mo Chit Station of the BTS Skytrain). Buses operate every 20 minutes or so from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal First class air-con buses charge 60 baht. This trip is scheduled to be around an hour and a half, but allow at least two hours for the trip since the buses stop rather frequently and there are often jams on the roads out of/into Bangkok.

    Fondest memory: there are different modes of transport to go to ayuthaya

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    Free Ayuthaya Maps, brochures, Guides

    by machomikemd Written Nov 8, 2012
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    Favorite thing: Once you booked the Ayuthaya/Bang Pa In Summer Palace whole day tour in whatever combinations, you would be provided with free brochures and maps and guides along the tour itinerary and not all the ayuthaya day tours follow the same itinerary. the first your i did in 2007 has wat si san phet, wat chai wattanaram and viharn mongkol was the sites we visited while here on a revisit in 2012, we had the wat maha tat, wat na phra mane and wat lokayasutharam as the sites we visited besides the bang pa in summer palace.

    the free guides given by your tour company has detailed incsriptions on these site and many languages.

    Fondest memory: free brochures and guides and maps given by the tour companies.

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    Ayuthaya Day Tour Companies

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 8, 2012
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    Favorite thing: there are tons and tons of thailand tour companies that do the ayuthaya day tours from bangkok and the one we booked was at the River Sun Cruise, which is the chao phraya river cruise and big bus tour combination and included in the price is the chao phraya river cruise, buffet lunch, entrance to bang pa in summer palace and assorted sites in Ayuthaya City. They also do various bangkok city tours and other ayuthaya city tour combinations.

    Price of an ayuthaya and bang pa in river cruise and bus combination with buffet lunch is 2,200 baht per person.

    their website is: www.thairivercruise.com/
    tel: (66) (2) 266-9125 to 26
    fax: (66) (2) 234-2250

    Fondest memory: I did the ayuthaya day tour twice and unforunately here on my second tour, it was a rainy day.

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    Buffet Thai Food

    by machomikemd Written Oct 24, 2008

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    Favorite thing: most tours to Ayuthaya includes a buffet thai lunch and a boat ride back to Bangkok. The Sumptous lunch is very good and is very popular! it is included in the 1600 Baht price for the ayuthaya tour so enjoy various goodies like tom yung gang, thai fried rice, green chicken curry, spring rolls, catfish salad, etc.

    Fondest memory: very sumptious and filling!

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    Talk to the kids!

    by aussiejen Written Nov 12, 2006

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    she likes to be in front :)
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    Favorite thing: Kids are the same everywhere. Language is no barrier.
    These school kids were having an outing to the ruins at Ayuthaya, but I think we were the attraction of the day! One little girl was fascinated by my camera and made sure she got herself in every shot I took, then giggled madly when she saw herself on the screen.
    Not one of them spoke English but it didn't matter, we all enjoyed our few minutes of interaction.

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    Quick summary of Ayutthaya

    by xuessium Written Jul 16, 2006

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    WatChaiwatthanaram

    Favorite thing: Ayutthaya was the capital of ancient Thailand (Siam) for 417 years, seen through the reigns of 33 kings and withstanding 23 invasions before its final sacking by the Myanmarese (formerly Burmese) in 1767 A.D..

    After the sacking of the city, the capital was moved to Bangkok, ending Ayutthaya's role in Thailand politics.

    It has been registered as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1981.

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    Costs and Photography

    by Bangkokjoe Written Jun 26, 2005

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    No charges for cameras

    Favorite thing: Most of the smaller temples are free to wander around. All the parkland is definitely free for anyone to take a stroll.

    The key sites do have a nominal fee, around 20 to 30 thai baht each. The Historical Study Centre costs a bit more at 100 baht.

    To be fair, we didn't even notice that we lobbed out the odd 20 baht note every now and again. Often we got a small printed guide to where we were thrown in for the price. For the costs to maintain this heritage site I feel we were undercharged, yup you read that right.

    There are no extra charges for cameras, or tripods or videos - and it is well worth bringing a tripod if you are thinking of staying after sunset.

    Inside some of the (non-ruined) wats it is not correct behaviour to take photographs. The museums may ask you to leave your camera at the desk if you look a bit dodgy.

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    Time of Day; Hang Around in the Early Evening

    by Bangkokjoe Written Jun 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Bright sun at middday will not only heat you up, it will also burn out the skies and details on your photographs.

    If you can try early morning and late afternoon evening to wander the sites, the plays of light are far more interesting.

    And it amazes me that so few people hang around for sunset, or an early nightime tour of the island when many of the sites are floodlit.

    Leaving after 8pm for Bangkok may mean your driver gets a darkened road, but on reaching the Bangkok outskirts you will miss the early evening rush hour traffic.

    Look out for sites with halogen floodlights, and return to them in the early evening. They will look beautiful

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    Bearings and Directions

    by Bangkokjoe Updated Jun 26, 2005

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    YES, the smaller sites ARE signposted as well !

    Favorite thing: Directions to the sites on individual tips do not really make much sense on a website such as this.

    My recommendation for you is not to panic, select around half a dozen key sites you definitely want to see, note them down and seek them out on a map when you arrive. Then fill in other sites and experiences for the rest of the day as you stumble across them.

    The Central Island of Ayuthaya is only six square kilometres and this is where the majority of the sites are. So if you are hiring a bike, or have your own driver you can criss cross the island many times, and if you don't go outside of the rivers you'll know where you are.

    On the outer river banks there are the Golden Mountain, Elephant Kraal and so on. Easily accessible by bridges and good roads. So once you've done the interior, starting working outwards in concentric zones.

    Maps are available at the Tourist Centre - right on the end of the road in from Bangkok, directly in front of you at the T junction. The best one is that which has cartoon illustrations of all the key sites, and you'll recognise most from your views of these tips. Free.

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    Communication difficulty

    by yuet29 Written Mar 28, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Less people speak english in Ayuthaya compared to Bangkok. For asking direction, you may have problem because only tuk-tuk guys are more proficient in english, and they are more willing to drive you there then tell you how to get there.

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    Tourist Information

    by Jez79 Written Apr 8, 2004

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    Buddha Tree, Wat Mahathat

    Favorite thing: This isn't so much my fave thing about Auytthaya, but a good place to get information about the city and local attractions. Various maps and brochures are available from guest houses and hotels, but if you want more comprehensive information you can check out the the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) office. This is located near the City Pilar Shrine.

    Contact details:
    108/22 Mu 4, Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. The phone number is (66 35) 246-076-7, and the fax number is (66 35) 246-078.

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    Wat Na Phramen

    by norain Updated Feb 13, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Wat Na Phramen is the only temple that was not completely destroyed during the 1767 invasion and destruction of Ayutthaya. Burmese used the temple as their headquarter. Still in use today, it has retained its original, magnificent splendor since its construction in 1503.

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  • Looking for nice photo ops always..

    by yen_2 Written Jul 14, 2003

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    The blue hospital!

    Favorite thing: The photo is a new finished building which is of course an eye catching to look at from a far! So, I directly get my digi but I was looking for the name of the building but never found it..but hubby directly told me since he saw the name of the building and he loudly said, it a HOSPITAL! so, I really giggle and laughed! hahah..After taking 3 pictures of this...it was just a hospital but it really is nice!

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  • Buddha's right beside the river.

    by yen_2 Written Jul 14, 2003

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    Buddha beside the river.

    Favorite thing: You can see alot of surprises along the river. I thought buddhas' are only put up in the Wat areas but I saw one, beside the river. Maybe because there is also a Wat in the other side. You can see well furnished houses and the guide told us that they have wow houses in bricks because they were corrupt,haha..excuse to thai people..I don't mean a thing in here!

    Fondest memory: The Wats are everywhere, you can see many of them even in the side of the river.

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  • Thai Life in the river..

    by yen_2 Written Jul 14, 2003

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    Thai life..

    Favorite thing: The tour guide told us that most of the Thai people love to live beside the river. And most of the land are very expensive because of the demand that most people love to stay there. If the river will go high tide most of those people that can't afford to put a bricks or a cement to prevent the tide will have their things damage. That's the most and common things that happened in the families living near the river. It's best to cruise along the river when you're in the country to experience the life most Thai people have!

    Fondest memory: Most of the thai people living the river will give you a wave, and shouting "Sawasdee"! Isn't it great?

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