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Thailand: Ayutthaya Kingdom Part I

A lost city

Brief historical fact

Ayutthaya was a Siamese kingdom that existed from 1351 to 1767. It was destroyed by the Burmese army, resulting in the collapse of the kingdom.
Right now it is considered one of the oldest historical site in the world. Ayutthaya historical park is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

How to get there?

It is fairly easy. Take the BTS skytrain in Bangkok to Victory Monument station. Get to the mini bus terminal which is just 5 - 10 min walk from the station. There are many mini bus operator booths along the street so finding the operator that provides transport to Ayutthaya City is quite a challenge. I manage to find it within 15 min with some help from the local passerby.

For the ticket price, is cost about 90 bhat. The mini-bus moves off until it is filled. The trip is around 1hr and 30 mins.

Victory Monument. The mini-bus terminal is on the right corner of this picture (above).

Getting around with Tuk-Tuk

We didn't check in to a hotel the moment we arrived as its only a one day trip for us at Ayutthaya. T

There are many cheap guesthouse and hostels in Ayutthaya. I recommend agoda for high end hotels http://www.agoda.com or hosteworld http://www.hostelworld.com

We hired a tuk-tuk - very modern red in color and the seat cushion was way better than any tuk-tuk i have traveled in Thailand - which cost 400 bhat to bring us around all the famous temple ruin and historical sites for 1 full afternoon. Only transport and the rest were Free & Easy for us :)

Our tuk-tuk ride around Ayutthaya. The tuk-tuk (red one) looks cool right?

Wat Yai Chai Mongkol

After hiring a tuk-tuk for 1 day trip around Ayutthaya, our first stop is Wat Yai Chai Mongkol temple. The temple are surrounded by rows of Buddha statues. I not quite sure what was the history behind this temple because no point hiring a tour guide, beside we love being on our own. You can google it if you are interested in its history. It is also a photographers' paradise so be ready for a good quality camera and extra batteries in case you go beyond 300 photos within 1 hour.

Climb the steep stairs of the main tower and you will be rewarded with a great view of the temple grounds and Ayutthaya beyond. Entrance fee is 20 bhat per person. It opens from 8 - 5pm. It didn't take us more than 40 min to tour around.

My Ayutthaya trip with 2 travel buddies (above)

Posted by LesCrazy 07:38 Archived in Thailand

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