Day Trip to Ayutthaya

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Ayutthaya is an ancient city in Thailand, about 80 km north of Bangkok. It once was the Capital of The Kingdom of Siam, until it was looted and burned to the ground by the Burmese in 1767. The ruins of the city now forms part of The Ayutthaya Historical Park. Back in the days Ayutthaya was a prosperous international trading port and the biggest city in the world with 1 million inhabitants. Merchants from Europe would say that  this city was the finest they have ever seen. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1991.

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I went by train which was a good choice because  it was  quite relaxing to listen to the tik-a-ti-tok of the train on the tracks, the breeze from the open window on my face, and to observe everyday-life as we passes by.

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Third class carriage

The third class ticket from Hua Lamphong Railway Station cost 20 baht, one way and took 1 hour 20 minutes, express.  Tickets can be bought on the day. They will give you the next train departing. Plenty of  vendors on the train selling food and drinks.

 

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Express train no 75 departing from platform 11

 

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Sweet pineapple bought from the vendors

 

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The beautiful Ayutthaya Railway Station

After exiting  the station at Ayutthaya, I  crossed the street and walk straight ahead  for a few minutes to the river.  Here I paid 5 baht for the ferry ride across the river to the historical park which is situated on an island at the confluence of three rivers.

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Ferry boats run every few minutes

Once  in the park I started walking and hired a Tuk-Tuk  driver along the way.  These drivers are knowledgeable,  they have cards and you decide  where you want to go and what you want to see. Decide on a price before you set off. I paid 200 baht. I considered hiring a bicycle but it was hot and the traffic looked a bit hectic. No entrance fee to the park itself, but some temples charge up to 50 baht.

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Temples I have visited:  Wat Maha That  –entrance fee – 50 baht  This is where you can spot the famous tree that has grown around a Buddha head.  I spend around  45 minutes at this temple.

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Headless Buddha statues
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The famous tree with the Buddha head

 

20161104_120010.jpgThen off on a scenic drive to Wat Lokaya Sutha – the temple of the earth. This is where you will find the 42  meter long reclining Buddha.20161104_115046.jpg

I  only visited these two sites but there are many more to see.  The driver dropped me off at the Station. Third class ticket back to Hua Lamphong Railway Station cost 15 baht and took 1 hour 50 minutes, ordinary train.

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Inside the Ayutthaya Railway station

 

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Train to Bangkok departing from platform 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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