Doing the day trip to Ayutthaya is an excellent get-away break from the madness of Bangkok. The skyscrapers, concrete and lack of “green stuff” will get to you if you stay in Bangkok for a longer period of time.
If I stay more than two weeks in Bangkok. I start to feel an urge to get the hell out of there. I’ll get claustrophobic.
How to get there
The easiest way to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok is to take the train. Not only is it easy, but with a ticket price of 20 baht it’s practically free!
It’s almost funny. The metro ticket from ‘Sukhumvit’ to ‘Hua Lamphong’. A 10 minute ride, is more expensive than the 2 hour train trip from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. Can someone please explain how that is possible?
To get to the train station in Bangkok you have to take the metro to the end station ‘Hua Lamphong’. From there the train station is just a short walk. Click here for google maps.
The only tourist trap you’ll encounter
And I fell for it, and so did everyone else!
Okay. When you arrive at the train station in Ayutthaya, there will be a shit ton of shops that rent out bikes and motorbikes. What these motherfuckers don’t tell you however, is that there is a river between the shops and the temples.
The only way to get over this river, is to bike down 300 m, bike over an extremely congested brigde with no sidewalk, and bike 300 m from the direction you came from at the other side of the river.
This might not sound soooo bad, but trust me. That brigde was dangerous to bike across. We all know how Thai people drive. I will make a map for you, so you understand what I’m talking about.
Here is what you WANT to do, that I learned a little bit too late. When you get out of the train station. Just walk straight ahead across all the shops that rent out bikes and motorbikes.
When you get to the river, there will be a little boat that takes you across for 10 baht. When you get to the other site of the river, there will be just as many bikes and motorbikes shops to rent from.
You just saved yourself from a 20 minute detour in 35 degrees. Thank me later!
Okay. So you got yourself a bicycle or motorbike, and hopefully a map. There are about 15 temples all around town that you can check out. It cost 50 baht per temple, and you buy the ticket at each temple you go to.
It’s a pretty big area, so prepare to use 6-7 hours if you want to see everything. My only regret with this trip was that I rented a bicycle instead of a motorbike. It was 37 degrees the day I was here, and I almost passed out several times from overheating. Fuck…
Luckily, there are several restaurants in the area that sell dirt cheap Thai food and cold drink if you need to refill.
Some of them are deadly if you don’t get to a hospital fast enough (and you wont).
Some pictures from my last trip to Ayutthaya.