Ayutthaya is a city 80km outside Bangkok and it was the capital of the Kingdom of Siam, I went to visit the ruins of the old city on my third day in Bangkok.
Historically, Ayutthaya has been very important for the commerce due to its strategical position, if you want to know more about it check this out.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1991.
My journey started quite early in the morning from Victory monument in Bangkok, where I paid 60 Baht to get on a minivan that would bring me straight to Ayutthaya in 60 minutes more or less.
Once there, taxis and tuk tuk drivers try to get you on their vehicles with the best bargain. I got lucky, I bumped into an Italian girl so we shared the same car for 400 Baht each. Not sure the price was a bargain but our driver delivered us to every single temple showing us on a map where we were.
Do not think you can walk around and in my personal opinion, unless you’re a professional cyclist, do not rent a bike. The reason is pretty simple: distances are bigger than you think and the heat will kill you from 11am onwards.
Also, note that to enter in some temples you need to pay between 20 and 50 Baht.
To write properly about this place I should nominate every single temple and a bit of history about it. Instead, since I find this way quite boring, you’re gonna get plenty of pictures.
The tricky part about solo traveling is when you’d like to have some pictures of yourself and no one is available to take it. This place was quite empty in some areas, so I have been quite lucky in meeting someone to explore this with.
But the main reason that brought me to Ayutthaya was Wat Phra Mahathat. I know the name might not mean a lot to you but check this out…
I have seen this Buddha head in so many pictures and I couldn’t believe it. How did the head of a Buddha end up there? And when did the trees start growing around it?
It is amazing and this is one of those things that will make your trip worth it.
The other impressive (and a bit creepy) thing is all the beheaded Buddhas. The Burmese burned down the city in 1767 and this left the ruins we can see today.
At around 12.30 I thought I was dying from the heat so after checking out the last site, we decided to make our way back to Bangkok. The tour took around 2-3 hours and I think that it is enough to see the main parts of Ayutthaya.
Also, bring a hat otherwise you’ll have to improvise and do like me using your cardigan to cover your head.
Coming up next: my days in Phuket.