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If you like to see Thailand’s beautiful ruins and try to ride an elephant, then you must include a small town North of Bangkok called Ayutthaya in your trip.

This travel guide to Ayutthaya is for someone who wants to explore in a practical way. It includes cheaper options for food, activities, and accommodation while still having a high-quality travel experience.

BUDGET: PHP 2, 395.18 
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Brief History of Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is the ancient capital city of Thailand and was founded in 1350. It is situated about 76 kilometers, north of Bangkok and the city itself is surrounded with 3 major rivers, The Lopburi on the north, the Pasak on the east and the Chao Pha Ya on the south and the west.

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Things to Do & Places to Go in Ayutthaya

  1. Visit Ayutthaya Elephant Village and Ride an Elephant
  2. Wat Yai Chai Mongkol
  3. Wat Mahathat
  4. Wat Thammikarat
  5. Wat Lokayasutharan
  6. Wat Chaiwatthanaram
  7. Wat Ratchaburana
  8. Wat Na Phramen
  9. Wat Phra If Sanphet
  10. Experience Night Market (Hua Ro and Bang Lan)

How to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok the cheapest way?

 

If you’re in Bangkok, the cheapest way to get to Ayutthaya is by taking the MRT to Hua Lamphong station and exit towards the train station. From Hua Lamphong station, go straight to the train ticket counter (make sure to look for the Bangkok to Chiang Mai timetable) and buy ticket going to Ayutthaya.

 

*****Travel time from Hua Lamphong station to Ayutthaya: 2h16m

*****Ticket price: THB15.00 (3rd class)

Bangkok to Ayutthaya Timetable and Fares

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This is their 3rd class type of train . 

Where to Stay?
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Receptionist Area

Stockhome Hostel – situated in Tha Wa Su Kri. This is the perfect place to experience Ayutthaya and its surroundings. It offers easy access to the city’s must see destinations. To name a few of the hostel’s facilitites, Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, restaurant and laundry service.

*Price: PHP 316.27/day/pax -tax included 1510662216190

Top attractions nearby:

    • Wat Ratchaburana (600m/8m walk)
    • Wat Phra Mahathat (700m/9m walk)
    • Ayutthaya Train Station (1.1km)

1510643381662 Detailed Guide:

DAY 1 – Suvarnabhumi Airport to Ayutthaya

9:00 AM – Arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Arrival procedures at the airport

10:00 AM to 10:40 AM – Travel going to MRT Makkasan Station via Airport Rail Link

10:40 AM to 11:00AM – Travel going to MRT Hua Lamphong Station from MRT Makassan Station

11:00 AM to 12:55 PM – Lunch at the train station, purchase ticket at the ticket counter and wait for your train to depart

12:55 PM to 2:31 PM – Travel from Hua Lamphong Station to Ayutthaya Train Station

2:31 PM to 2:45 PM – Travel going to Stockhome Hostel

2:45 PM to 3:00 PM – Check-in procedures at Stockhome Hostel

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM – Quick rest and fix things

4:00 PM to 6:30 PM – Experience night Market at Hua Ro (walking distance from Stockhome Hostel)

6:30 PM – Dinner at Earl (walking distance from Stockhome Hostel)

**********End of Day 1

Expenses for Day 1:

  • FREE – Suvarnabhumi Airport to Makassan Station (free ride during our trip       because they are celebrating the Royal Cremation of His Majesty the Late King)
  • THB 30.00 – MRT Makkasan Station to MRT Hua Lamphong Station fare
  • THB 15.00 – Hua Lamphong to Ayutthaya Train Station fare
  • Spent nothing for lunch because we have sandwiches and biscuits in our luggages (bought in Manila).
  • THB 60.00/head – Ayutthaya to Stockhome Hostel via tuktuk (THB 120/tuktuk)
  • PHP 316.37/head – First day of stay at Stockhome Hostel
  • THB 80.00 – Dinner at Earl

TOTAL: PHP 545.29 or THB 351.98

Conversion Rate:

PHP 1.00 <-> THB 0.6455

THB 1.00 <-> PHP 1.549

DAY 2 – Ayutthaya

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Wat Yai Chai Mongkol or The Great Monastery of Auspicious Victory

8:00 AM to 8: 15AM – Travel going to Ayutthaya Elephant Village via tuktuk

8:15 AM to 9:00 AM – Ayutthaya Elephant Village (riding an elephant)

9:00 AM to 9:10 AM – Travel going to Wat Yai Chai Mongkol (Mongkhon)

9:10 AM to 1:30 PM – Explore Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol and lunch

1:00 PM to 1:15 PM – Travel going to Wat Mahathat

1:15 PM to 2:00 PM – Explore Wat Mahathat

2:00 PM to 2:10 PM – Travel going to Wat Thammikarat

2:10 PM to 2:40 PM – Explore Wat Thammikarat

2:40 PM to 2:50 PM – Travel going to Wat Lokayasutharan

2:50 PM to 3:20 PM – Wat Lokayasutharan plus snack time

3:20 PM to 3:30 PM – Travel going to Wat Chaiwatthanaram

3:30 PM to 3:45 PM – Explore Wat Chaiwatthanaram

3:45 PM to 3:55 PM – Travel going to Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Na Phramen and Wat Phra If Sanphet (these temples are just beside each other)

3:55 PM to 5:00 PM – Explore Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Na Phramen and Wat Phra If Sanphet

5:00 PM to 5:25 PM – Travel going back to Stockhome Hostel

5:25 PM to 7:00 PM – Rest/shower time

7:00 PM onwards    – Dinner at the hostel

**********end of Day 2

Expenses for Day 2:

  • PHP 316.37/head – Second day of stay at Stockhome Hostel
  • THB 325.00/head – Tuktuk rent for whole day tour (8 temples + Ayutthaya Elephant Village) (THB 650/tuktuk, good up to 6 passengers)
  • THB 300.00 – Elephant ride (10-15 mins ride)
  • THB 20.00 – Entrance fee at Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol
  • THB 40.00 – Lunch at Way Yai Chaya Mongkol’s food stalls
  • THB 50.00 – Entrance fee at Wat Mahathat
  • THB 20.00 – Entrance fee at Wat Thammikarat
  • FREE entrance at What Lokayasutharan (Reclining Buddha)
  • THB 50.00 – Entrance fee at Wat Chaiwatthanaram (We opted not to go inside and pay for the entrance fee)
  • THB 50.00 – Entrance fee at Wat Ratchaburana (We opted not to go inside and pay for the entrance fee.)
  • THB 20.00 – Entrance fee at Wat Na Phramen(We opted not to go inside and pay for the entrance fee.)
  • THB 50.00 – Entrance fee at What Phra If Sanphet (We opted not to go inside and pay for the entrance fee.)
  • Spent nothing for merienda (biscuits, cakes and sandwiches) and dinner (cup noodles) because we had our grocery first in Manila to save and fit our budget. As for the water, there’s a water dispenser at the hostel.

TOTAL: PHP 1,749.20 or THB 1,129.11

Conversion Rate:

PHP 1.00 <-> THB 0.6455

THB 1.00 <-> PHP 1.549

DAY 3 – Ayutthaya to Bangkok

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Wat Thammikarat – The monastery was built by Thammikarat, a son of King Sai Nam Phung.

7:30 AM – early checkout at Stockhome Hostel

7:30AM to 7:40 AM – travel from Stockhome hostel to Ayutthaya Train Station

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Ayutthaya Train Station to Bangkok, Thailand

**********End of Day 3 in Ayutthaya

Expenses for Day 3:

  • THB 50.00/head – Ride from Stockhome Hostel going to Ayutthaya Train Station via tuktuk (THB 100/tuktuk, good for up to 6 passengers)
  • THB 15.00 – Ayutthaya to Bangkok (MRT Hua Lamphong) fare

TOTAL: PHP 100.69 or THB 65.00

Conversion Rate:

PHP 1.00 <-> THB 0.6455

THB 1.00 <-> PHP 1.549

 

 

OVERALL EXPENSES: PHP 2, 395.1

  • Day 1: PHP 545.29
  • Day 2: PHP 1,749.20
  • Day 3: PHP 100.69

MORE PHOTOS:

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Wat Yai Chai Mongkol

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This arch can be found at Wat Thammikarat.

 

 

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Selfie with the reclining buddha at Wat Lokayasutharan

 

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View from the Chedi of Wat Yai Chai Mongkol

 

Happy Travels!!!!

LOVE,

JAMILA

 

 

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