Here is our detailed Ayutthaya Guide to help you plan, budget and haggle.
If you are visiting Bangkok, visiting Ayutthaya is definitely a must if you want to know more about Thailand’s culture.
Ayutthaya is a 1-hour to 1.5 -hour away from Bangkok.
If you want to get to know the old Thailand which was called Siam back in the day, you should go to Ayutthaya.
It is Thailand’s former capital and what was called Kingdom of Ayutthaya.
How to Get to Ayutthaya?
From Bangkok you will need to ride a mini bus (van).
- Ride the BTS Sky Train (Sukhumvit Line) to Victory Monument.
- At the Victory Monument Train Station, Take Exit 4.
- Take a short walk to Ratchawithi 11 Alley. Where you will see various mini bus (vans) lineup.
- Go to Terminal 3 or the front-most of the van line where you will find the vans for Ayutthaya parked.
(Ayutthaya Mini Bus Van Victory Monument Map via Google Maps)
- Buy a ticket right beside the vans. 60 Baht / person
- The last stop of the mini bus is the station / terminal in Naresuan Road.
(Ayutthaya Mini Bus Van in Victory Monument)
When you get to Ayutthaya you have two options:
Option 1: Hire a Tuktuk Taxi Tour
- Pro: You will have nothing to worry about.
- Con: Expensive because they usually charge by the hour. 200-300 Baht /hour.
Option 2: Explore Your Own Way
- More interactive and be able to mingle more with locals.
- Motorbike taxis will be willing to wait for you without the hourly charge. Just make it clear to them where to wait and where are you planning to go next. Negotiate the price to your next destination before you go sightseeing.
(Ayutthaya Motorbike Taxi)
Tip: Although very rare. Don’t let the tuktuk or motorbikes stop in a isolated place (For example under a bridge). This is a way for them ask for additional money above the fare already negotiated. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t panic and just walk away. There is an abundance of other transport options just a walk away.
Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya
To get to Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya.
- Walk to the nearest motorbike taxi station / terminal. These are guys on motorbike wearing green or orange vest.
- Ride the motobike taxi to Wat Mahathat. 25 Baht total for two people in one motorbike.
- It will be a 5 minute ride.
Wat Mahathat entrance fee is 50 Baht.
Waht Mahthat was one of the most important monasteries of the Ayutthaya kingdom. It was the religious centre.
Aside from the amazing pagodas. Here you will observe that the Buddha sculptures are burned and have severed head. The reason for this is that during the Burmese army burned the sculptures to melt the gold to bring it back to Burma.
(Wat Mahathat Burned and Severed Head Buddhas)
The Main Prang is also rumored to have many treasures. There have been many looting incidence in the past before it was declared a protected site.
(Wat Mahathat Main Prang)
You will also see the amazing Buddha’s head in tree roots.
(Wat Mahathat Buddha Head in Tree Roots)
Wat Phra Si Sanphet Ayutthaya
To get to Wat Phra si Sanphet, you may choose to walk from Wat Maha That or hire a motorbike.
Hiring a motorbike taxi will cost around 25-30 Baht.
We suggest walking to see the great sights of Rama Public Park. It will also save you some money.
Walking will take about 15-20 minutes.
(Rama Public Park)
Wat Phra Si Sanphet entrance fee is 50 Baht.
Wat Phra Si Sanphet is considered the holiest site in the Ancient Royal Palace. Some ancients Kings ashes were placed here.
(Wat Phra Si Sanphet)
Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit Ayutthaya
To get to Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit you will just need to walk again.
It is beside Wat Phra Si Sanphet site.
Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit entrance fee is free.
Open from 8AM to 430PM on weekdays. 8AM to 5PM on weekends and holidays.
(Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit)
Just remember to be respectful to those who are praying to Buddha.
Here you can find one of the largest bronze Buddha image in Thailand which has been restored several times since ancient times.
(Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit Bronze Buddha)
Wat Chaiwatthanaram Ayutthaya
To get to Wat Chaiwatthanaram you will have to ride a motorbike taxi.
From Wat Phra Si Sanphet the motorbike will cost 80 Baht / 2 persons 1 bike.
Wat Chaiwatthanram entrance fee is 50 Baht.
Wat Chaiwatthanaram is one of the well known temples in the Kingdom of Ayutthaya.
Members of the ancient royal family were cremated in this ground.
Operating time is 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Click more details on Wat Chaiwatthanaram.
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol Ayutthaya
To get to Wat Yai Chai Mongkol you will have also have to ride a motorbike taxi.
From Wat Chaiwatthanaram the motorbike will cost 100 Baht / 2 persons.
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol entrance fee is 20 Baht.
The place is also known a Great Temple of Auspicious Victory.
Here you can see Buddha sculptures covered in gold color linen.
(Wat Yai Chai Mongkol Budda with Gold Color Linen)
Climb the center-most Pagoda structure and you will be fascinated by the view of both the grounds and Ayutthaya.
(Wat Yai Chai Mongkol Climb the Center Pagoda)
Floating Market Ayutthaya
To get to Ayutthaya Floating Market you will have to ride a motorbike taxi.
From Wat Yai Chai Mongkol the motorbike will cost 100 Baht / 2 persons 1 bike.
(Ayutthaya Floating Market)
In the Floating Market you will find different souvenir items.
You will also get the chance to rest up and eat with various food stalls around.
(A food stall in Ayutthaya Floating Market)
(Thai Noodles in Ayutthaya Floating Market)
It is also a cultural center so you will be able to see stage shows by actors about the history of Thailand.
(Cultural show in Ayutthaya Floating Market)
After shopping and eating you may ask your driver to bring you to Ayutthaya Elephant Village. as it is nearby.
Check Elephant Village Website.
How to Get Back to Bangkok From Ayutthaya?
The best option to get back to Bangkok is the mini bus (van) terminal found Naresuan Road Market.
Exact Street is Naresuan Soi 2.
(Naresuan Road Mini Bus Van Terminal to Bangkok Map via Google Maps)
From Floating Market ride a motorbike taxi which will cost 100 Baht/ 2 persons 1 bike.
Last trip to Bangkok from Ayutthaya is 6PM.
But we advise that you arrive to the mini bus (van) station /terminal at 5pm to prevent running out of seats.
(Naresuan Road Mini Bus Van Terminal to Bangkok)
There is also a terminal in front of Robinson Mall, however you will be waiting for a mini bus van as a chance passenger.
We strongly recommend the Naresuan Road Mini Bus Van terminal for it is sure you will get a mini bus van to Bangkok.