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    Ayuthaya

    by limledi Updated Jan 17, 2009

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    Ayuthaya is a former capital of Thailand and offers magnificent ruins of early splendour some of which have been restored and some of which are still undergoing archaeological excavations.
    Ayuthaya is situated about 71 kms north of Bangkok. The drive goes through paddy fields and orchards, the most valuable assets of Thailand.

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    Day trip

    by unaS Updated Dec 27, 2008

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    Package tour from Bangkok to Ayuthaya and back

    More mature people (my age) might enjoy a 1-day organized bus/boat trip to Ayuthaya.

    I went with Sun River Cruises. My hotel arranged it. Pick up and drop off at the hotel.

    The trip to Ayuthaya was by coach. We visited also the Bang Pa-In Palace and other spots (large lying down Buddha, Jade Temple, etc.). The return to Bangkok in the late afternoon was by boat.

    A pleasant day out.

    Sorry, no photos. Was before the days of the digital. Some day I will get around to scanning them...

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    Old city visit and boat trip

    by MichaelDovey Written Oct 7, 2008

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    You can take a day trip via bus and boat. They collect you at your hotel, and then on the way you stop at the Royal Palace (gardens are amazing).You then journey on to Ayuthaya, and visit various ruins. You then taken to the river whrer you board a boat and return to Bangkok via the river...must be 40-50 kilos. Lunch on board. Cost 2 years ago was 1100 Baht per person. Well worth it. One of the best day trips I have done.

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    AYUTTHAYA: WAT MAHATHAT

    by ancient_traveler Written Jun 21, 2008

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    Wat Mahathat (Temple of the Great Relic) is perhaps the most striking of all of the temples in Ayutthaya and is located the very heart of the city.

    Wat Mahathat is typical of the Ayutthaya ruins: large crumbling stupas surrounded by low laterite walls and rows of headless Buddhas. One Buddha-head is in a tree trunk. The temple's prang, is one of the old city's most impressive edifices. With its picturesquely ruined stupas, Wat Mahathat is a great place to be at sunset.

    Scattered around the temple are some important remains of variously shaped prangs and chedis, in particular an octagonal chedi with a truncated spire in the Ceylonese style. Nearby, the head of a still much-revered statue of the Buddha lies on the ground.

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    AYUTTHAYA: BANG PA-IN

    by ancient_traveler Written Jun 21, 2008

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    Bang Pa-In Palace, also known as the Summer Palace. Originally built by Ayutthayan King Prasat Thong in 1632 but abandoned after the sack of Ayutthaya in 1767, the site was partially restored by King Mongkut (Rama IV) in the 1850s. The site as it stands today, however, is largely the work of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), who expanded the area into a Versaillesque garden filled with European-style buildings in 1872-1889. Last restored in 2001, the palace and its grounds are maintained in immaculate shape and well worth a visit. Entry 100 baht, open daily 08:00-16:00. The grounds are not too large to be covered on foot, but you can also rent a golf cart to scoot around in for 150 baht/hour. As at all royal sites, proper dress is required, but you can buy a 100 baht wrapwround skirt from the stall in front of the entrance if needed.

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    A must see, but not on a tour

    by Snipernurse Written May 25, 2008

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    Ayuthaya is listed on many sites and books as a must see, so satisfy your urge, but please promise me you will not do so on a guided tour as I did, because my experience was very unsatisfying. First of all our tour guide, although nice, insisted on talking the whole time and he repeated EVERYTHING he said at least three times, I felt like I was in a twilight zone. Secondly we spent very little time in Ayutthaya and only visited a small amount of the temples, we saw none of the trees with carved faces and so on, it was mildly dissapointing. Afterwards we went to Bang Pa'in Palace, by far my least favorite tourist destination I have EVER BEEN!!!!! Basically the guided tour to Ayuthaya is one of my least favorite days traveling ever, right up there with the day I battled Montezuma's revenge in Montezuma, Costa Rica. GO and see it, but on your own accord, not on a tour!!!!!

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    Day excursions from Bangkok

    by Myndo Written Mar 24, 2008

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    Day trips outside of Bangkok:
    Ayutthaya: wonderful temples, some old ones beautifully restored, reminiding of the Angkor Wat area.

    Damnoen Saduak, the swimming market: go as early as possible, the market starts officialy around 6 o'clock, the tourists with the big buses start to fall in after 9-10 o'clock. Maybe you use a taxi or private driver to avoid this.

    Bridge over river Kwai and Kanchanaburi: there are excursions and boat trips that are worth taking.

    Erawan Ntl. Park: behind Kanchanaburi: a wonderful place for a walk in the jungle like forest, you follow a small river up. There are 7 waterfalls, one after the other. In the pools under the waterfalls you can go swimminf/bathing, so take your swim suits. I highly recomend this one! Go in the morning, when it's not too hot.

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    glimpse of old glory in the ruins

    by zephyrgurl108 Written Mar 13, 2008

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    temple city, ayutthaya, is a worthwhile trip a short distance away from bangkok. indeed, there's no shortage of temples here but what makes it even more special is that ayutthaya was once the capital of thailand before the burmese invasion in the mid 1700s. you can see how majestic the city had once been with the ruins that you can see now. travelers who love history and archaelogy would go gaga over ayutthaya.

    some temples with khmer (hindu inspired) style are reminiscent of the world famous angkor wat. another architectural style is the sukhothai with more pointed stupas.

    you can allot a day to explore ayutthaya in a relaxed pace by renting a tuk tuk. unfortunately, during our visit, we took the slow train from bangkok. we arrived at 3PM and only had a few hours before the temples closed at 6 PM. we managed to see the famous ones - wat phra si sanphet, wat mahathat and wat yai chaimongkohn.

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    Ayuthaya

    by leffe3 Updated Aug 10, 2007

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    Having experienced the glorious excesses of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, balance it with the ruins of Ayuthaya - an easy day trip (or more) from the city. See what is underneath all that gilt and decoration.

    (See separate Ayuthaya page)

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    Ancient Siam - Ayuthaya

    by mtcowgirl Written Jul 6, 2007

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    Ayuthaya probably should be counted as a wonder of the world. The imposing structures are incredible and you can't help but feel amazed when you stand on the stairs of one of the magnificent buildings. Ayuthaya is a World Heritage Site.

    The city lies in ruins after the Burmese destroyed it in 1767 but before that, it was the capital city of Siam for more than 300 years. One of the more impressive Wats avoided destruction and still boasts impressive wood carved ceilings and a 6m crowned buddha, and a green-stone buddha seated in a European chair dated back some 1300 years. Of the remaining buddhas in Ayuthaya, many had the heads chopped off by unscrupulous traders or raiding Burmese.

    Ayuthaya is located about an hour drive from Bangkok and it is recommended either rent a private vehicle/driver or go on a tour. We rented a van and driver for the day and were quite happy to go around with our guidebooks and explore the sights ourselves. Another friend in a previous trip took a guided tour with a river cruise and they were happy with the result. There are also regular buses and train service to Ayuthaya.

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    Ayutthaya- ancient capital of Thailand

    by Aquacraig Written Jun 25, 2007

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    Catch a cruise boat, train or coach up to Ayuttaya, the ancient city. This city used to be the capital of Thailand until King Taksin decided to shift it to Thonburi, where it is now.
    The temples on the Chao Phraya river here are fascinating.
    While there has been significant damage done to these temples when the Burmese fought the Thais many moons ago, it only adds to the history of the place!

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    Ayutthaya: An Ancient City

    by zoe_girl18 Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    We decided to join this tour to Ayutthaya on this visit to Thailand. It's like being on the set of Tomb Raider :p. Lickily our tourist guide spoke good english so he was able to explain the sights to us well. This is where the capital of Thailand used to be & was destroyed because of their war with the Burmese. It was once a luxurious city with lots of Buddhist monasteries.
    For this trip, we paid $65USD with included transfers form the hotel to ayutthaya, a cruise on the Chao Phraya River via Shangrila cruise and buffet lunch catered by the Shangrila Hotel.

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    A day-trip

    by sabrina_florida Written Feb 19, 2007

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    I spent a night here, but you can easily leave early in the morning from Bangkok and return after sunset, as it's only 80 kms away. This city hosts the ruins of the old capital city, which was burnt by the Burmans in 1767.
    People who speak English here are almost non-existant, so be patient! :)

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    Island City - Ayutthaya

    by Cyncyn Written Feb 10, 2007

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    At the confluence of theh Lp Buri. Pasak and Chao Phraya rivers. Ayutthaya was created as an island city. It was surrounded by a 12km fortified wall and crisis-crossed by 140km network canals. At the 17 century height of its power it had an estimated population of one million, three major palace complexes and some 400 temples. Many of the buildings were lavishly decorated with gold. Protuguese, Dutch, French, British & Japanese trade factories made it truly cosmpolitan city. I like that ancient building ! Maybe next time I'll visit there at night , it will be more mysterious ! And I prefer to take a boat trip to travel ! It may be very romantic !!

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    Day Trip to Ayutthaya

    by xuessium Written Jul 16, 2006

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    This makes a lovely getaway from Bangkok...just 1.5 hours journey by train or coach from Bangkok.

    For more details, please access my IMPREXXION: AYUTTHAYA page.

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