Ayutthaya or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya is an island city about 85 kms north of Bangkok. If you are looking to visit a beautiful historic town that is fairly close to Bangkok, then you might want to consider visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ayutthaya used to be the trading capital of Asia and by early 1700’s, became one of the largest cities in the world. It was almost completely burnt to the ground by the Burmese, leaving the ruins that offer a glimpse of the impressive city that must have been.
Going to Ayutthaya from Bangkok by train is fairly easy. There are trains that regularly depart from Bangkok’s Hualamphong Train Station. If you want to do a day trip to Ayutthaya, I suggest taking the earliest morning train so that you can take advantage of the entire day visiting the city. You can also stay overnight. Ayutthaya is a small city but there are enough things for you to do to consider staying overnight. We planned to stay overnight in Ayutthaya so we took our time in the morning preparing our backpack and saying goodbye to our wonderful host Polo. We took the train just after lunch.
The people behind the ticket counter will most likely offer you the 2nd class ticket to Ayutthaya but if you are interested in taking a cheaper ticket, ask for the 3rd class accomodation. The 3rd class train have fans instead of airconditioning. And I think there are more locals that take this train than the other one. Giraud and I paid 15 baht each for a one way ticket to Ayutthaya.
The train station in Ayutthaya is outside the island (where most of the ruins are) so you can take short ferry boat ride (5 baht) to go in the island. Visitors who go to Ayutthaya would most likely visit the temple ruins scattered around the northwest part of the island but there are other things to do in Ayutthaya than visiting the ruins.
I hope you will enjoy Ayutthaya as we did! From Ayutthaya, you can go back to Bangkok or continue your adventure up north. The train is pretty easy to take and there is a train that will take you all the way up to Chiang Mai. I will post more later on what we did so maybe it can give you an idea on what to do on your adventures in Thailand! 🙂