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From Bangkok to Ayutthaya
4 Best Ways to Get There -

Just 80 kilometers north and an hour away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, the royal city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, makes for a perfect day trip. The Ayutthaya Historical Park covers an area of 289 hectares, and you would need several days to truly explore it all. Still, you can fit all the most important places to visit within the park into a single day with a little planning.

There are several ways to travel from Bangkok to Ayutthaya–from the easy do-it-yourself option on public transportation to the comfort of a guided tour. No matter what your preferences are, here is a breakdown of the options for getting to Ayutthaya.

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1. Sightseeing Day Trip

Ayutthaya is a massive maze of temples that spreads over 289 hectares. There's little rhyme or reason to the location of the buildings and even with a map, chances are you'll have a hard time locating specific ones.

One of the main advantages of joining an Ayutthaya Sightseeing Day Trip from Bangkok is that your English-speaking guide will take you to see the main wats (temples), so you don't have to wander around and miss out on the most important buildings.

Main stops with a tour include Wat Phra Si Sanphet (the holiest and most impressive of the temple ruins); Wat Yai Chai Mongkol (famous for its 121-foot-long and 26-foot-high reclining Buddha statue); and Wat Mahathat, best known for the massive tree roots overtaking the building. 

A tour also gives you a chance to hear the story behind Ayutthaya–there aren't many signs posted around the ruins, so without a guide, you'll miss out on the little details that make the place truly amazing.

With many of the tour operators, you'll get back to Bangkok on a riverboat cruise down the Chao Phraya River, enjoying views of the temples lining up along the riverbank on the way.

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2. Train

For a scenic route with a touch of local charm, trains departing from Bangkok's Hualamphong train station will get you to Ayutthaya in 80 to 150 minutes, depending on which service you choose. The fastest train of the day is the 8:30am train, which completes the journey to Ayutthaya in 77 minutes.

The railway station in Ayutthaya is not near the temples. You'll either have to take a ferry or a tuk-tuk to the ruins. If you don't want to walk the entire complex, you can rent a bike or pay a tuk-tuk driver to take you from one temple to the next–an especially good idea on a very hot day.

3. Bus

Up until 2016, it was possible to take a regular city bus to reach Ayutthaya from Bangkok, but the route no longer exists. Instead, passengers trying to reach the ancient city via public transportation will have to use a minivan instead. 

Minivans leave from Mo Chit Bus Station and cost about double the price of the train. There's no set time for departure and you can't book tickets in advance–instead, minivans will leave as soon as they're full, which means you could wait around anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes.

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4. Private Tour

If you're seeking privacy and a more in-depth look into Thai history and culture, a private Ayutthaya Day Trip from Bangkok might be your best bet. Lasting 8 to 10 hours, a round-trip in an air-conditioned van not only allows you more time to explore the temples but also gives you a chance to discover some Thai delicacies along the way. Even better, a full-day itinerary is completely private for you and your group, so it can be modified and slightly customized based on your needs. A Private Tour can booked online or through a local travel agency in Bangkok which are plentiful. 

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