One Day In Ayutthaya: What To See and Do

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Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam lays waiting for you. The archeological site of the ancient city has lots to see but you only have one day in Ayutthaya and we’re here to tell you what to see and do!

How To Get To Ayutthaya, Thailand  

Ayutthaya is usually done as a day trip from Bangkok. It’s a few hours north of the city of Bangkok and pretty easy ride to get there.

We recommend taking the train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. There are several trains that depart from Bangkok and it’s a cheap and easy ride that drops you off right in the city of Ayutthaya.

If you are curious about train times, you can check the train prices and times here.

How To Get Around Ayutthaya, Thailand

The city is known for its ruins and man do they have ruins!

They’re pretty spread out around the city so you’ll need an alternative mode of transportation, other than your two feet.

Bikes are an option if your accmodation provides them. However, fair warning, it is so damn hot in Ayutthaya! Like you may have a heat stroke from biking around hot.

We suggest you buck up the few extra baht and rent a scooter. Our accommodation rented us a scooter for  250 baht ($7 USD)

Also, if you’ve never driven a scooter before, no worries! This is a great city to learn how to drive a scooter in.

What Temples To See In Ayutthaya, Thailand

Pretty much THE main if not only attractions of Ayutthaya are Temples and Wats.

By the time you get into Ayutthaya, settle into your place, rent your scooter and head out, you’ll more than likely only have time to check out a few ancient sites in Ayutthaya’s historical park.

We REALLY underestimated all the ruins there were to see in Ayutthaya. There are quite a few for you to choose from.

However, since you are only have one day in Ayutthaya, we recommend only visiting 3 – 4 wats and our recommendations are below…

1) Wat Ratchaburana

2) Wat Mahathat (tree buddha)

3) Wat Phra Si Sanphet

4) Wat Chaiwatthanaram (sunset)

Nightlife In Ayutthaya, Thailand  

If you’re looking for a club or a rager, we’re sorry to say you’ll be disappointed. Ayutthaya is pretty chill.

There is a nice little night market called Wang Chan Kasem Night Market that you can walk to.

If you are wanting something more than the night market, there are a few places to grab a drink. A few notable places to check out for a beer are below…

  • Brown Ale Ayutthaya Beer Cafe
  • Street Lamp Bar and Restaurant
  • Jazz Bar

Where To Stay in Ayutthaya, Thailand

For The Budget Conscious: If a quaint, clean hostel with air conditioning rooms and a chill ambiance is what you are looking for, 1301Hostels Ayutthaya is for you.

For The Luxury Inclined: iuDia Hotel is a boutique hotel situated in the heart of the ancient city. With a refreshing pool and exceptional staff, you definitely won’t be disappoint with your stay.

For Something In Between: Does a beautiful garden next to a river and each room has a balcony, sound good? Then you’ll love Loy Manee House.

For more places to stay in Ayutthaya, you can check out the latest places and prices here.


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Happy Travels,

– Lauren & Jesse Stuart (The Stüs)

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  1. I’ve read and enjoyed every word as if I was there with you guys! So relieved you found your wallet, what a story. Keep that thing glued to Jesse from now on will ya! Keep the adventures coming, awesome read so far 🙂 Sadie says hi!

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