7 Places to Visit in Ayutthaya Ruins! How to get there from Bangkok and how to get around the ruins [with map].

Ayutthaya, located 70 km north of Bangkok and a two-hour train ride away, is a World Heritage Site with ruins from the Ayutthaya dynasty period over 500 years ago.

It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. Ayutthaya is a day trip from Bangkok, so it is a must-visit place for anyone going to Bangkok.

In this article, I will explain the attractions of Ayutthaya, how to get there, and how to get around the tourist spots. I have included everything you need to know about sightseeing in Ayutthaya, so if you are planning to go there, I highly recommend you read this article.

3 Attractions of Ayutthaya, a World Heritage Site that can be visited on a day trip from Bangkok

Attraction 1: Magnificent ruins spread out that you can’t see in Bangkok


The ruins of Ayutthaya, hailed as “as magnificent as London” in its heyday, were built in 1350, and the city flourished for 400 years and is now a World Heritage Site.

There are few places in Bangkok where you can touch the ruins, but Ayutthaya has some magnificent ruins.

Since it can be visited on a day trip from Bangkok, these magnificent ruins are a must see.

Attraction 2: You can ride on the elephant of your dreams!


Thailand has a strong image of elephants, and I think many people want to ride an elephant when they visit Thailand. However, there is no place to ride an elephant in Bangkok, so many people ride them in Ayutthaya.

I was surprised to see elephants walking along the road in Ayutthaya!

The Elephant Camp in Ayutthaya is definitely a memorable experience where you can ride elephants and have your picture taken with them.

Attraction 3: A World Heritage Site only 2 hours by train from Bangkok


The appeal of Ayutthaya is that it is only two hours away from Bangkok.

You can go sightseeing in a day, and if you go by train, you don’t need to make a reservation in advance. It is easy to visit during your stay in Bangkok.

How to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok

Ayutthaya can be visited as a day trip from Bangkok. There are many ways to do so.

Train is the cheapest way to go if you are going on your own


One of the most popular ways for independent travelers to get to Bangkok is by Thai Railways.

Depending on the time of day, there is usually one train every hour, and the trip takes about two hours. The advantage of using the train is the price! A regular train costs only 15B (about $0.45) one way!

When you get on the train, just ask for Ayutthaya (or Bangkok if you are returning) at the station counter and they will issue you a ticket and tell you when and where to board.

Seats are unreserved, so if you want to sit, you can line up a little early. However, unlike in Japan, the boarding area may change suddenly, so be careful.

For those who are worried, a tour is recommended


If you are worried about going by yourself, I recommend using a tour.

HIS had a tour that included round-trip airfare, hotel, and one day sightseeing in Ayutthaya for $398. It’s perfect for those who want to do free activities in Bangkok and only visit Ayutthaya by tour.

> Look at Bangkok tours at HIS.

With map! 7 Places to Visit in Ayutthaya

1.Ayutthaya Station
2. Wat Yai Chai Mongkol with a large chedi
3.Wat Mahathat, famous for the Buddha head buried in the roots of a tree.
4.Wat Phra Ram, where the bones of the first king are housed.
5.Ayutthaya Elephant Camp, where you can interact with elephants
6.Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the most prestigious temple of the Ayutthaya Dynasty
7.Wat Lokayastharam, a large reclining Buddha
8. Wat Chaiwattanaram
9.Wat Phukhao Thong, a beautiful white temple.

Premise: Ayutthaya ruins cannot be visited on foot

Ayutthaya is not a very big city, but each of the ruins is a little bit far from each other.

Therefore, you can visit each site by tuk-tuk. If you go to Ayutthaya, there are many stores where you can rent a tuk-tuk or motorcycle, so there is no need to make reservations in advance.

How to get around is explained in more detail in the latter half of this article.

From here, I’ll introduce each of the ruins.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, with its 72-meter high chedi


Ayutthaya’s oldest temple, built in the 4th century to commemorate the victory over the Burmese army in the late 16th century, the 72-meter high chedi can be seen from every corner of Ayutthaya.

The large chedi can be climbed.

You can look down on the city of Ayutthaya.

In addition, there are dozens of Zen meditation statues in the ruins, which gives a sense of Ayutthaya.

Basic Information about Wat Yai Chai Mongkol

・Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
・Closed: Open all year round
・Entrance fee: 20B (about $0.70)

Don’t miss the mysterious Buddha statue wrapped in tree roots! Wat Mahathat


When it comes to Ayutthaya, one of the essential tourist attractions is Wat Mahathat. Many of you may have seen pictures of the Buddha head buried in the roots of a tree.

This temple was also built in the middle of the 14th century, and once had a golden chedi 44 meters high.

However, it was destroyed during the subsequent invasion by the Burmese army, and only the head of the Buddha statue wrapped in tree roots, or conversely, the headless Buddha statue, and the walls and foundation of the building remain.

You can take a commemorative photo in front of the Buddha head buried in tree roots.

Basic information about Wat Mahathat

・Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
・Closed: Open all year round
・Entrance fee: 50B (about 1.70 USD)

Wat Phra Ram, where the bones of the first king are enshrined

The oldest temple in Ayutthaya, built by the second king. The bones of the first king are enshrined here.

Basic information about Wat Phra Ram

・Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
・Closed: Open all year round
・Entrance fee: 50B (about 1.70 USD)

Touch the elephant of your dreams! Ayutthaya Elephant Ride


One of the most popular things to do in Ayutthaya is to go on an elephant ride!

It’s not just Ayutthaya, it’s Thailand! It’s not just Ayutthaya, it’s Thailand!

In Ayutthaya, you can take a walk around the city while riding an elephant.

Please enjoy the experience of riding an elephant, which is something that you cannot experience in Japan.

You can also take a commemorative photo with the elephant, which will leave a lasting impression.

Ayutthaya Elephant Ride

・Opening hours: 9:00-17:00
・Closed: Open all year round
・Entrance fee: 400B ($13.60) for 20 minutes

Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the most prestigious of the Ayutthaya dynasty


Wat Phra Si Sanphet is the most prestigious temple in the Ayutthaya Kingdom. The chedi is the resting place of three kings.

It is lit up at night.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

・Opening hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
・Closed: Open all year round
・Entrance fee: 50B (about $1.70)

Wat Lokaya Star with a huge reclining Buddha


It is a huge statue of a reclining Buddha, 28 meters long and 5 meters high. The present one was restored in 1956.

It was originally built in the 16th century, but when the Ayutthaya dynasty was defeated by the Burmese army in the 18th century, the other facilities were destroyed, and only the reclining Buddha remained.

The smiling face of the reclining Buddha is mysterious, isn’t it? It’s a free spot, so be sure to get a closer look!

Basic Information about Wat Lokayar Star

・Opening hours: 24 hours
・Closed: Open all year round
・Fee: Free admission

Wat Phukao Thong, a beautiful white temple


This is not a famous temple, but I introduced it to you because it is a pure white and mysterious place. Recently, it is gradually becoming famous on Instagram.

It is a bit far from the center of Ayutthaya, but there are not many people, so it is a good place to visit. It’s free to enter, so if you have time, I recommend dropping by.

4 places to go if you don’t have much time

If you don’t have much time, try to visit only the following. If you don’t have a lot of time, try to visit only the following spots, which will still take you about 4 hours.

Wat Yai Chaimongkon with a large chedi

Wat Mahathat, famous for the Buddha head buried in the roots of a tree.

Ayutthaya Elephant Camp, where you can interact with elephants.

Wat Lokayasthalam, a large reclining Buddha.

This is the highlight of Ayutthaya.

How to get around the Ayutthaya ruins

Ayutthaya cannot be visited on foot, as the typical ruins are located a little bit far from each other. You will need to rent a tuk-tuk, motorcycle or bicycle.

Most recommended! Tuk-tuk


It’s hot in Thailand, so make sure you have an easy way to get around. I think the easiest way to get around is by tuk-tuk. They are a little different from the ones in Bangkok.

When you get out of the Ayutthaya station (and on the platform), you will see a lot of drivers calling out to tourists.

The standard fare is about 200B (about $6.80) per car for a one-hour charter.

Basically, it is a time-contracted charter, and the route is left up to you.

If there is any special place you want to go, or if there is any place you don’t want to go, just let them know and they will do it.

The prices are usually high, so please negotiate.

It may be scary to be approached out of the blue, but you can rest assured that the driver’s name and photo will be displayed at the station.

Basically, the fare is the same no matter how many people are riding, but some drivers may offer you a different fare than when you ride alone, so don’t hesitate to shout “Discount please!

If you can drive a motorcycle, renting a motorcycle is also recommended


We once toured Ayutthaya by rented motorcycle. If you can drive a motorcycle, it’s so much easier to get where you want to go.

The cost is 200B ($6.80) for a full day rental. It is cheaper than a tuk-tuk for a day.

For those who just want to get by cheaply, rent a bike

Renting a bike is good for men with physical strength, but not recommended for women.

Bicycling is too hard after sightseeing the ruins in a hot place. It is not recommended unless you are very physically fit.

The fare is only 50B ($1.70) per day, so if you really want to spend less, this might be a good option.

You can rent any means of transportation in front of Ayutthaya Station, so no need to worry


There is one exit from Ayutthaya station. A little further from that exit, there are many stores selling rental bikes and cycles.

There are also many tuk-tuk drivers selling them at the station.

All of them can be applied for and rented right away on the day of your visit, so there is no need to prepare in advance. You can rent a tuk-tuk right away.

・One tuk-tuk per hour: 200B ($6.80)
・One rental motorcycle per day: 200B ($6.80)
・One rental bike per day: 50B ($1.70)

If you plan to ride a rental motorcycle, get an international driver’s license

In order to ride a motorcycle, you should have an international driver’s license. An international driver’s license can be issued the same day if you go to a facility where you can renew your license.

It’s easier than you think, so it’s a good idea to have one made.

Pak Warn is a good place to have lunch in Ayutthaya


If you’re looking for a place to eat lunch in Ayutthaya, I recommend a place called Pak Warn.

We stumbled in and were very satisfied with the delicious Thai food at a reasonable price. We ate a full meal and ordered drinks for about $6 for the two of us!

・The air conditioner works well.
・Thai food at a reasonable price.
・The restaurant is clean.
・Clean restrooms.

Basic information about Pak Warn

Address: 48/3 ซอยอู่ทอง 4 Uthong Rd, ตำบล หรัตนชัย Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Chang Wat Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000 Thailand
Opening hours: 7:30am – 9:00pm

Ayutthaya sightseeing tips

It’s pretty hot, so take precautions against heat stroke

Thailand is a tropical and hot country. There is not much shade, especially in Ayutthaya, and touring the ruins can be quite tiring.

Be sure to take precautions against heat stroke while sightseeing. Be sure to drink plenty of water each time.

Many women, especially those around me, who went to Thailand got sick from the heat and were not able to do as much sightseeing as they wanted.

Women especially need to take breaks and hydrate well!

Try to have enough time in your schedule

The Ayutthaya ruins are bigger than you might imagine. Each site is large, and there are so many sites that time can fly by as you go around.

When making your schedule, please make sure to allow plenty of time for your activities.

Be sure to buy travel insurance

Ayutthaya is a safe place, but there are many situations that are different from your normal life, such as riding an elephant and visiting ruins.

Don’t forget to take out travel insurance just in case.

Ayutthaya has different attractions from Bangkok


Ayutthaya is a world heritage site that can be reached on a day trip from Bangkok. You can feel the culture of Thailand which is different from Bangkok.

Please visit not only Bangkok but also other cities if time permits.

Then have a wonderful trip!

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