Ayuthaya Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Liatris1
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  • Ayuthaya
    by Liatris1

Ayuthaya Things to Do

  • Dutch Settlement

    This will, sadly be a short tip. We wanted to visit the 3 storey Dutch style building on the site of the former Dutch trading settlement in Ayuthaya, now a museum complex with a cafe selling Dutch snacks. It was funded in part by the Dutch royal family following a visit in 2004. Unfortunately, it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so be aware of...

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  • Japanese Village

    The Japanese Settlement was a small enclave of Ayuthaya, granted by the then King to Roman Catholic Japanese traders. Now the site houses the Japanese Village, a memorial site of sorts which has two small display buildings. Each has a short video about an aspect of the settlement and a few exhibits. There is also a small peaceful Japanese garden....

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  • Wat Thammikarat

    This is another small temple ruin. What I found interesting were the number of Singh (Lion Figures) the completely encircle the main large chedi. the Singh are in various stages of disrepair. This disrepair is more about conditions over time rather than neglect. I like seeing it this way. It definitely shows the history.There is also an interesting...

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Ayuthaya Restaurants

  • Good lunch along the Chao Phraya

    I never would have found this place. The Tuk tuk driver I hired to take me around all day brought me here. There is a dirt driveway down to a large dirt parking lot. I was the only patron and I was a bit skeptical but I went with the flow.There are a lot of tables and the restaurant sits right on the banks of the Chao Phraya, directly across from...

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  • 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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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

  • Hiring a tuk tuk

    If taking the mini van to Ayutthaya, they will leave you at their final destination near the bus terminal. Here, there will be tuk tuk drivers around waiting for tourist to arrive. I have seen reports of drivers quoting 300 Baht per hour to 1000 Baht for the day. My driving came in low and quoted me 150 Baht per hour. I countered with 120 Baht per...

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  • 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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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

  • Wat Sangkhapat

    This is a single chedi located in Rama Public Park. Although it is small it is tucked away on the side of a path in a well shaded area near a bridge over a canal in the park. I really like this little stupa. I could not find any information about Wat Sangkhapat so I am glad the site is marked so it is easy to identify.

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  • Wat Langkhakhao

    This is another single chedi located in Rama Public Park. It is in the same direction as Wat Langkhadum. It also sits along a canal in the park which makes it slightly different than the others in the area.

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  • Wat Langkhadum

    This small temple is located in Rama Public Park. I could not find any information about this temple but it is marked and there is a little path to it. There is the remains of a building in front of a large chedi. It is all made of brick and you can still see what remains of a white stucco finish on both the building and the chedi.The temple is...

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Ayuthaya Sports & Outdoors

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    Elephant Ride with cute kids!

    by herzog63 Written Nov 12, 2002

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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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  • Plumeria of Wat Chaiwatthanaram

    Along the outer most wall of Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a number of Lan Thom (Plumeria) shrubs that happened to be blooming during my visit. It was a very nice setting. I've heard these flowers are also called Leelawadee. Beautiful name. However Thai people believe this flower should not be planted near your home as the word Lan Thom sounds a lot like...

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  • View from the Chedi at Wat Yai Chai...

    The climb to the top of the main chedi it steep and the brick stairs are very eroded. The descent is more precarious than going up so take care when coming down. The top has excellent views in all directions. I was here early in the morning and the lighting seemed to work out very well.Inside the Chedi there are several gold leaf Buddhas and a...

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  • The Reclining Buddha of Wat Yai Chai...

    I was surprised to see this large reclining Buddha at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon. It is 7 meters long and was constructed during the period of King Naresuan's reign from 1590 to 1605. The Buddha was restored in 1965. Many tourist and locals come to visit just for the Reclining Buddha. What seems to be a tradition is to press gold leaf or coins on the...

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