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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Then 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.
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.