Ayutthaya, the ancient capital is not far from Bangkok and here you can explore beautiful temples and palaces

This weekend’s excursion went to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Thailand’s first capital, which was founded in 1350. The train journey only takes a couple of hours, and most people visit Ayutthaya mainly to see the ruins of the former capital, which are scattered all over the city.

If you have visited Ankor Wat in Cambodia, you will definitely recognize yourself. Towards afternoon, when the sun had sunk a little on the horizon and the sweltering heat has begun to subside, the ruins are bathed in an irresistible, golden light.

On the way back to Baan Veanglhek Residence, the beautiful riverside hotel where we stayed, we enjoyed a coule of cocktails at the rooftop bar of the hotel Sala Ayutthaya with amazing view over Wat Phutthaisawan and then we literally stumbled onto the traditional Thai restaurant Thanam View Ayutthaya, which sits just a few meters above the Chao Phraya River. We ordered soft shell crab salad, stir-fried prawns with noodles and crispy fish cakes and everything tasted just fabulous.

Ayutthaya is a must see and the perfect excursion when in Bangkok for 5-7 days. You can experience a lot during a day trip, but staying over night will definitely give you an opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous light and cooler weather just after sundown.

How to get to Ayutthaya

Several trains leaves daily from Bangkoks Hua Lamphong station and the journey takes 1 1/2 hour
Ticket price one way: 15 baht in 3 class $0,42 So cheap!!, 250 baht = $7 in 2 class with AC

Where to stay

SALA Ayutthaya Boutique Hotel
Wonderful location with a stunning view over the temple. Cool rooftop lounge, excellent riverside restaurant. Choose a room with river view.

iuDia Hotel
Beautiful room, amazing view over the river and temple, delicious breakfast and a nice café.

Sri Ayutthaya
Both private double rooms with bathroom and dorm. The hostel/hotel is right next to the river.

Baan Veanglhek Residence
There are two buildings – one with modern/Western architecture and decor, and one with traditional Thai style. In between the buildings there is a lovely, lush, and serene garden, which leads down to a riverfront sala.

Buddha in tree

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