The reason number one we love to go to Ayutthaya is because you can always find something to do there without any planning. Today we would like to show you our spontaneous journey from Bangkok to Ayutthaya by car. Once we just decided to go to this historic city without a plan, which resulted in a very interesting adventure. We liked our spontaneous trip so much that we decided to share our travel plan and at the same time tell about each of the visited places.
Just in one day we visited three incredible temples (Wat Phutthaisawan, Wat Thammikarat and Wat Phu Khao Thong), a restaurant on the river with an incredible view, and also bought one of Ayuthaya signature sweet calls in Thai “Roti Sai Mai”.
By the way, the most popular temples in Ayutthaya have a small entrance fee of 50 baht. But all three temples we chose for this trip are not the most popular in the city, so they are all admission free!
13:00 – Wat Phutthaisawan
We decided to start our trip immediately after lunch, so our first stop was quite late. We chose Wat Phutthaisawan as our first stop in Ayutthaya because on our last visit we saw a white stupa from afar, which we loved a lot.
Wat Phutthaisawan is a very important temple in the Ayutthaya period with over 660 years oh history. The place, however, is still perfect, beautiful, and worth it to visit.
In the Rattanakosin period, there were records referring to Wat Phutthaisawan many times. This temple was established as a third-class royal monastery as well. Additionally, to its rich history, this place also appears frequently on television series in Thailand.
📍 Location: Pin On Google Maps
🏠 Address: Moo 8 15 Samphao Lom, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, 13000
You can read more about this stunning temple in our blog post. However, we are going to the next stop – Wat Thammikarat.
15:00 – Wat Thammikarat
Wat Thammikarat is one of the lesser visited ruins in Ayutthaya. There is a legend that Ayutthaya began from this temple. Some of the ruins in this temple are said to date back to the 12th century. We liked that, despite such an important historical role, this temple is fully functional. Here you can meet monks, street dogs, smiley grandmothers and locals, some of whom come here to pray.
📍 Location: Pin On Google Maps
🏠 Address: Uthong Rd, Tambon Tha Wa Su Kri, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
16:00 – Wat Phu Khao Thong
Wat Phu Khao Thong (Temple of the Golden Mount) is another important ancient temple in Ayutthaya. This place located about 2 kilometers off the downtown of Ayutthaya, contains the Phu Khao Thong Chedi. The height of the pagoda is about 90 meters and it located in the middle of the rice field. You may be seen this beautiful white pagoda on Instagram already.
The story of this place is very interesting: the Burmese King started building the chedi in the 15th century to commemorate his victory over Ayutthaya which was later changed into “Thai style”, once Ayutthaya became part of Thailand again.
A few years ago pagoda was painted in the white color, which helps to attract new visitors. When we came, the territory of the temple was under renovation but we still managed to take some great photos here!
📍Location: Pin On Google Maps
🏠Address: Moo 2 153 Phu Khao Thong, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, 13000
17:00 – Lum Chao Phra Ya Restaurant
A trip to Thailand is rarely complete without food, so we decided to drop by Lum Chao Phra Ya Restaurant. This place is right next to the river, so you can stop here not only to eat but also to enjoy the view or sunset.
We weren’t too hungry but ordered a delicious steamed fish with lime and garlic. Our second course was an unusual salad that even Aon had never tasted before – Banana Blossom Salad with shrimps.
The food was extremely fresh and delicious! In fact, there are a lot of different restaurants along the river, but some of them need to be booked in advance. Regardless, we decided to just choose a restaurant that had no queues and no parking problems. And in the end, there was no regret!
📍 Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Ni7PgrkHw2Kd2QF28
🏠 Address: 28/8 U Thong Road, Tambon Pratu Chai, Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Province Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
🕒 Hours: Daily 10:00 – 22:00
☎️ Phone: (+66) 35954151
18:00 – Prawiwann Dessert (Cotton Candy)
On the way back, we stopped to buy Ayutthaya signature sweet calls “Roti Sai Mai”, which Thai people like a lot. It is basically sugar frost rolled inside thin pieces roti.
We stopped at a very famous store so we had to wait in line for almost half an hour. There were other shops without queues, but Aon decided that we needed to buy this local snack for our friends in this one. Let’s say that everyone, including us, was satisfied with the taste and happily ate everything that we bought!
📍 Location: https://goo.gl/maps/eTe2dpAEM3SViDuM8
🏠 Address: Pratu Chai Sub-district, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
🕒 Hours: 6.00-18.00
☎️ Phone: +668-1446-0996
How do you like our one day adventure? We were surprised how easy and calm we managed to go somewhere without a plan. We first decided on the first place, and after that we just went with the flow. We liked all three temples very much. It was not crowded, although when we passed the popular temples, there were crowds. We hope you will be able to visit these places in the future!