"Take a Day Out to Ayuthaya: Old Capital" Top 5 Page for this destination Ayutthaya Tip by Bangkokjoe
Ayutthaya, Bangkok: 15 reviews and 26 photos
Ayuthaya is about 90km north of Bangkok - around a one and a half hour's worth of easy driving. (And the train goes there too, as it lies on the line to the key northern cities.)
Ancient ruins spread around a rambling parkland area it reminds me somewhat of Windsor Great Park meets Angkor Wat crossed between Durham (because of the river) and upcountry Thailand. There are more than enough ruins to satisfy the rabid temple fiend (me), restaurants by the river to suit lunchtime relaxation snackers and boozers (us), and real Thai life vignettes for those interested in watching real life going on, in and around some ancient history (me again).
If you can plan it this way it often works best. Get your own driver to take you for the early morning when its cooler and the sun plays interesting patterns on the stones / parkland. Relax for one hour plus for some great riverside lunchtime nosh (watching the working boats lazily tramping by). In the heat of the afternoon get into some of the Art / History museums. By late afternoon, time to wander some of the larger complexes and hang around for sunset. In the evening many of the temples are lit by floodlights, so its well worth only returning back to Bangkok after 8.30pm. (...and if you go mid week it seems like you get the place to yourself.)
Here's a link to VT Ayuthaya Pages if you are interested in seeing how an "Ancient Bangkok Capital" may have looked:
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Ayuthaya...Huge ancient place. Relaxing, fresh warm air. Two days better than one.
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