Ayutthaya

This now ancient city was the second capital of Thailand or the Kingdom of Siam as it was then known. It was also a major trading hub and a massive city for the time until the Burmese invaded in the 18th century. The famous ruins of the once great city remind us of its former glory.

Just a couple of hours north of Bangkok and Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya now consists of little more than a collection of ruins, old temples plus lots of restaurants, some museums and hotels, bike hire shops, and a train station, however the importance of it as a historical sight and the magnificence of the temple ruins, Ayutthaya is now a UNESCO world heritage listed site.

We visit Ayutthaya for an afternoon on the way from Kanchanaburi up to Chiang Mai on day 3 of our Northern Thailand Adventure and North  Thailand and Beaches tours.

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Ayutthaya, what we do…

Bike Ride Around City Ruins – After a short mini bus ride from Kanchanaburi we arrive in Ayutthaya to have a look round the World Heritage site of the old city ruins. As it covers a large area we rent out some bikes so we can cover more ground, then we ride through the old city to take in some marvelous views of the historic site. Our awesome Thai guides will give you loads of information about the old city ruins, the history, the temples, and loads of other interesting stuff. 

After we have taken in the sites and learned about the ancient city we head for some grub then jump on the night train for the ride up North to Chiang Mai.

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We don’t. Once we have seen the cool bits we leave by night train which conveniently transports us up north to Chiang Mai while we sleep. You might think that 10 hours on a train in Thailand would be a horrible experience but you would be wrong. The train is comfortable and spacious so you can get up and walk around and get to know your travel buddies. After a few hours the train guards come round and turn our comfy seats into even comfier beds. Full size beds with clean sheets, pillows etc.. Some people say the night train is the best nights sleep they get all trip.

Ayutthaya – Fun Facts

Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 as the second capital of the Kingdom of Siam as Thailand was then known.

It was one of the worlds biggest and busiest cities in it’s day. 

Ayutthaya prospered from the 14th Century until 1767 when the Burmese sacked the city and burned it to the ground. After this the capital was moved to the third and final location, Bangkok.

As a World Heritage site it is protected by the government and conservation is funded by both the public and private sector.

The world heritage property covers over 200 hectares in area.