Ayutthaya is the capital of Ayutthaya Province was a kingdom from 1351 to 1767. They had several wars against Burma and in The Burmese-Siamese War (1765-67) ended the Ayutthaya Kingdom on April 1767. This is why an Ayutthaya travel will always be filled with national parks and preserved ruins from the previous wars. The remaining relics show people that history is something to be remembered, and that it has shaped who and what Thailand is today. It’s always great to look back at these historical times!
1. Best time to visit Ayutthaya
The weather in Thailand is both pleasant and predictable, making it a year-round destination from travelers all over the world. However, there are still ideal months and some periods to avoid if you want to make the most out of your stay in the country.
If you’re traveling to Ayutthaya, you might want to avoid the summer months of March to May. If the heat doesn’t bother you, just always make sure to stay hydrated, bring sunscreen and to wear light clothing during your travels. For those thinking of going from June to September, this is Thailand’s rainy season. Sightseeing may not be as enjoyable during these months. So, the best time to visit Ayutthaya would be around November to February, when the rain has lifted but the cool weather remains.
Those thinking of attending a cultural event in Ayutthaya will have plenty of festivities to choose from. In November, for example, Ayutthaya celebrates the Loy Krathong festival on the full moon of the month. People gather by the city’s rivers and canals to float decorated baskets (or krathongs) and make a wish.
2. Transportation around Ayutthaya
A thrilling and cost-efficient way to go around Ayutthaya is by riding a bicycle. The streets are paved and distances from one temple to another aren’t that big, so this is the ideal vehicle for those who love going around on their own. You can rent a bike for 40-50 THB, or less than $2 a day, in Ayutthaya.
By tuk tuk
A famous way to travel around Thailand is by riding a tuk tuk, or an auto rickshaw. These 3-wheeled vehicles come larger in Ayutthaya than in Bangkok and can fit up to six people. Tuk tuks can be found on the train station or can be flagged down on the street. You can spend around 100 to 200 THB on a tuk tuk depending on where you are picked up and how many you are riding with.
When you get off the railway station, you can take a mini-bus to the city. Hiring one costs 400 to 500 THB per day. Another passenger vehicle in the area is called a Songteow. These are pick-ups or other large trucks that have been converted for public transportation. Think of it as a shared taxi or a bus of sorts.
3. Daily budget to visit Ayutthaya
If you’re traveling to a foreign country, one of your primary concerns would be how much you’d have to spend in a day. This daily budget covers expenses for things like food, transportation, entrance fees and accommodations in the city. Prices are very affordable in Thailand. There are meals in local restaurants that go for as low as 30 to 50 TBH. Some accommodations only cost less than 500 THB–that’s a room for below 15 USD! You can also get an Airbnb for $15 USD. There are many mid-budget rooms in Ayutthaya for $20-50 USD and you can find luxury rooms starting from $80 USD.
As we previously mentioned, transportation is also cheap in Ayutthaya, so you won’t have any problem going around the temples and other sites. Entrance fees can take 100 to 500 TBH from your budget, depending on which places you visit in Ayutthaya. A floating market tour goes for less than 700 TBH. Also, like we said, it only takes $2 USD to rent a bike and move around Ayutthaya. We still think this is the perfect way to move around the city!
4. Ayutthaya dress code and what to bring
It is hot all year round in Ayutthaya and Bangkok, so dress appropriately and wear light, breathable clothing. The Buddhist temples all have strict dress codes and you will need to cover your shoulders and knees. Do not wear crop tops or low-cut dresses and tops.
As you will need to remove your shoes to enter the temples, wear shoes that you can slip on and off easily as well as some wet wipes to clean your feet. Keep yourself hydrated by bringing a refillable bottle of water, and wear plenty of sunscreen and a hat.