Ayuthaya Travel Guide

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Ayuthaya Highlights

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    yen_2 says…

     Dicovering the Ancient City. 

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     Be there as early as poosible..you might end up sweating like a pig;-) 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great friends!!! 

Ayuthaya Things to Do

  • Mediate in front of the Buddha

    There are some working Buddhist temples where you can listen to some divine chanting and sit for meditation. It would be a welcome break from the running around and sight seeing that one tends to do!!

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  • Sit and drink in the surroundings!

    Relax a while and sit in one of the many benches that are thoughtfully placed all over the sites and just drink in the surroundings and give a few moments to your thoughts and pondering!!

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  • Support local crafts

    We found this small boy selling these things made from coconut leaves. They are so inexpensive but would help local artists to earn a few Bahts.

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Ayuthaya Restaurants

  • Choose a small place for fresh food

    Instead of stopping by a posh/big restaurant, just stop at one of the small places, you will get freshly made food in a jiffy. What more, they can even customise it for you. We wanted a vegetarian thai curry without mushrooms and they obliged us each time in these small places. The food was delicious.

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  • Tofu with Fish, Chicken & Lamb

    This tip is dedicated to my Thai friend :Phitchaya Charaswongphokin FB: https://www.facebook.com/nootchadapornWe had this wonderful food at Koru Ja Tor . The menu has been translated by our friend :Phitchaya Charaswongphokin FB: https://www.facebook.com/nootchadaporn 1.Rice2.Tom jeut tao hoo3.Gai yang4.Coke(Big size)5.Ice6.Tom yam...

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  • CHIMNEY FISH SOUP & MIXED WANTON

    We had the best authentic Thai food of our life here in Koru Ja Tor in Ayuthaya on 21st October'12. After whole night awakening and small breakfast at Bangkok, we could leave for Ayutthaya around 12.00. After visiting Bang Pa Palace and Ayutthaya , Wat Mahathat, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutythaya Historical Park and Wat Phra Si Sanphet, it was already...

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Ayuthaya Nightlife

  • Chaikawiphan Jazz Band

    There's not a great deal to do at night in Ayutthaya apart from having a drink in a couple of bars along Farang Street. The Jazz Bar has a little something else by featuring the talents of the Chaikawiphan Jazz Band who play drums, guitar, double bass and various percussion instruments (and sing) on the pavement outside the bar.

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  • Nightmarket

    Well its a pretty basic one, but i wasnt sure if i should put it under restaurant or nightlife, and eventually decided on this... The night market sells all sorts of cuisines and means that you dont have to use the small restaurant attached to the bungalows which have "farang" style menus. whatever you want... just not bikins etc lol..

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  • Catch The "Light Show"

    What nightlife?There is no nightlife here in Ayutthaya. I believe the villagers and townfolks go to bed very early.But there's one area that becomes magical at night. And that is the 'Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park'. If you're a photographic buff, this is a good time to take some great photos! Ladies, don't hang around this area alone at...

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Ayuthaya Transportation

  • Chao Phraya Boat 2

    More pictures of chao Praya River Cruise as i have traveleed here on different tour companies. (why does VT only allow 5 picture for tips, we should ask for more allotments for pictures!) Most chao phraya river tours are located in bangkok or in ayutthaya).The trip along Chao Phraya River is a very exciting and enjoyable thing to do for visitors...

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  • Wat Kai Thia Boat Docking Station

    Most of the Ayuthaya Day tours from bangkok that combine a bus and boat cruise along the Chao Phraya River start their Chao Phraya River Cruise from this boat docking station beside a buddhist temple or wat at the MEKHALA docks at Wat Kai Tia, a Thai temple set in a tranquil rural village in the banks of the Chao Phraya River at Pathumthani...

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  • Golf Carts for Rent at Bang Pa In Palace

    On a revisit to Bang Pa In Summer Palace in 2012, I was with my friends and I urged them that we rent a golf cart to tour around the huge Bang Pa In Palace Complex for the experience as I did not get one on the last time I visited the Palace in 2007. Golf Carts are found at the entrance of the Palace and you can rent them for 400 baht for 2 hours...

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Ayuthaya Shopping

  • Shops Around Wat Lokayasutra Ayuthaya

    being one of the major destinations of the whole day ayuthaya tour, this largest outdoor concrete reclining buddha in the ruins of wat lokayasutra ayuthaya, located outside the city is one of the major attractions of the ayuthaya day tours, and hence there are a variety of souvenir shops and stalls here in front of the attraction that sells...

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  • Shops Around Wat Maha Tat

    Wat Maha That is arguably the biggest attraction in Ayuthaya besides the Wat Chai Wattanaram and Wat Si Sanpet and being as such, there are many souvenir shops and stalls lining the entrance to this park that sells a dizzying array of local crafts, souvenir items like t-shirts, bags, silk items, fridge magnets, shot glasses, key chains, post cards,...

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  • Market- local foods

    Do try out the local food and they have sample for you to try. Most of these are very sweet. We did not buy anything though as we have already got so many stuff from Chiang Mai. Food and crafts. from US$1.00 and over

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Ayuthaya Local Customs

  • Watch Local Thais Worshiping

    One good example of watching how local thais worship and buy associated buddhist related items is along Wat Naphrame. if you book an ayuthaya tour that goes to this wat and the 2,000 year old mon buddha sitting next to the main temple, you will see lots of stalls in the temple that sells buddhist religious stuffs rather than regular tourists...

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  • Buy Coconut Ice Drops

    one of the specialty products in Ayuthaya besides the coconut ice cream, are the coconut ice drops, the ice drops are molded into rectangular shapes, much like the popsicle ice cream and the flavors available are plain coconut, young coconut and coconut with jack fruit, coconut with mango flavors. the price of a coconut ice drop, whatever the...

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  • Elephants

    Lythonglian Meepan and his wife established the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal in 1996. Since then it has launched progressive programs to rehabilitate sick elephants, retrain killer bulls and increase the elephant population with more breeding. There have been 32 successful births since 2000.

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Ayuthaya Warnings and Dangers

  • Buying Souvenirs

    although I love buying souvenir items of my travels around the world, I've included this tip is the warning or danger tips since there are many unscrupulous sellers around ayuthaya, remember to haggle first before buying your souvenir item that you like as sometimes these sellers will give you short change, instead of the actual change as you can...

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  • Be Careful Not to Cause Offense

    It's easy to run afoul of Buddhist sensitivities if you are unfamiliar with the practices of the religion. Don't point your feet towards the Buddha is one impor Later one important rule to remember, since you're usualy on the ground when near the statue and it's hard to remember to swing your feet behind you. Also improper, surprisingly, is to take...

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  • Watch out for sneaky moves

    My Tuk-Tuk driver tried to pull a fast one on me. He is an officially sanctioned driver but that doesn't seem to stop him from trying out some sneaky moves on me.After my first stop, I returned to the Tuk-Tuk to find a lady next to him. He introduced her as his wife and said that she would follow him for the rest of the journey...which was fine by...

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Ayuthaya Tourist Traps

  • Elephant Rides

    The elephant rides here way too expensive for both Ayutthaya and also Thailand standard. I have a backpacker told me that you could do it at a much lower price in Chiang Mai anda also in Chiang Mai the elephants will track through the jungle while the ones here just walk along the street. Give it a miss if you can.

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  • Elephant ride

    If you will visit Chiang Mai the elephant ride in Ayuthaya is not a worth ride.It rides along the streets near the cars and its much more expansive than in CM

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  • From old town to Ayuthaya bus terminal

    The buses dont indicate bus number as '5' but in Thai script. So even I know I need to take bus number 5 to Ayuthaya bus terminal for the long distance buses ticket, I dont know which bus to board. I admit I am a bit stupid asking tuk-tuk guy which bus is '5', but I really dont have a choice because Ayuthaya people know too little english. The...

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Ayuthaya What to Pack

  • Sun Protection items!

    Make sure you carry a hat/cap, sun glasses and sun cream with you along. You need to do quite a bit of walking around in the sites and the sun is quite intense most of the time! You would also do well to carry a water bottle along.

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  • Bring a small and portable umbrella

    if you plan to visit thailand in general and ayuthaya in particular, during the rainy season in thailand (usually starts from june to october) like we did in october this year (2012). then prepare to bring a small and lightweight portable umbrella that you can neatly fold for easy storage on you bag or just by them at any of the markets, night...

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  • Bring two cameras with extra batteries

    I still don't like to bring Digital SLR Camera in my travels as these cameras as to bulky and cumbersome to operate and you must change the lens often and since I'm not a professional Photographer, prefer to bring a pocket ultrazoom camera that you can combine taking pictures and videos at the same time like an Olympus SZ MR-31 and a water proof...

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Ayuthaya Off The Beaten Path

  • Thai Teak House in Ayuthaya

    along the main Road in Ayuthaya City is a perfectly restored ancient Thai Teak House that is now a museum and inside are typical house instruments and things that are used and the traditional decorations. the musuem is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday and admission is free for local thais and about 25 baht for tourists.the teak house is...

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  • Other Wats and Temples

    Since Ayuthaya was the capital of the Ayuthaya Kingdom which was destroyed by the Burmese Army in the 17th century, there are many assorted wats and temples lying along the City and are not often visited by foreign tourists for lack of time and due to the more remote locations and lack of parking spaces near the sites. remember that there are more...

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  • Grand ol' Ayutthaya

    Years ago, I spotted a picture on the internet. Of a head stuck in the middle of a tree. And the image had forever burnt itself in my mind. A bit of research gave me it’s location. Ayuthaya, Thailand. I’ve been to Thailand before… but always to Bangkok. I was that near?!? And so, on another trip to Bangkok, I made plans to split from my group to...

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Ayuthaya Sports & Outdoors

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    This is my friends wife and 2 kids. I just thought Mick was to cute so I had to include this picture somewhere!

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Ayuthaya Favorites

  • Drive to and From Ayuthaya

    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...

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  • Free Ayuthaya Maps, brochures, Guides

    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...

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  • Ayuthaya Day Tour Companies

    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...

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