Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya was once considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This historic city that flourished from the 14th to 18th centuries used to be also the second capital of Siam. The city is now an archaeological ruin, characterized by the remains of tall prang (reliquary towers) and big Buddhist monasteries, all of which give an idea of the city’s past size and the splendor of its architecture. Most of the ruins are temples and palaces which are the only buildings that were made of stone during that time.
Here are some pictures from our visit to this beautiful, historical city of Ayutthaya.
Ayutthaya is smaller than Bangkok but under the heat of the sun, walking from one temple ruin to the other can be tiring and exhausting. I suggest renting a motorbike (100 baht/24 hours) or a bicycle (30-50 baht/24 hours). There are many shops that offer motorbike/bicycle rentals. This will give you a fun and interesting experience to explore the city’s markets, parks and some temples that are located outside the main city center.
Take note that most temple ruins have an entrance fee of 50 baht although you will see the ruins even from outside and not going inside it. We paid the entrance fee for some ruins but just biked outside on some. There are so many!
In Ayutthaya, we stayed at Tony’s Place (200 baht/double room). It is probably one of the busiest hostels in town but there are other places that offer cheap (er) accommodation along the main traveller-oriented area on Soi Torgorsor, between Pamaphrao Rd and Naresuan Rd. When we arrived in the area, we just walked around asking a few hostels and comparing prices. We were very tired so we only compared a few hostels and decided to stay at Tony’s Place.
As with most hotels/hostels in Thailand, there will information and maps for tourists and guests. Make sure to ask for a map and talk to some people and/or fellow travellers about other interesting things to do in the city. 🙂
Accommodation: Tony’s Place, 200 baht/double room with fan, hot shower and WiFi
Food: Lots of food options at the public market/s and the restaurants at the main tourist area on Soi Torgorsor, between Pamaphrao Rd and Naresuan Rd