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(July 2012) – If you are planning on visiting Bangkok, Thailand – perhaps on your way to Vietnam – in the near future, a trip to Ayutthaya is worth a couple of days. A member of out Footprint Travel team recently made a trip there. Here are a few of the pictures we captured on our couple days of cycling the ancient remnants of a Buddhist Kingdom.
Ayutthaya was set as the ancient buddhist capital of Thailand in the 1300′s. Since then a number of temples were erected honouring buddhism. Today, the area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ample opportunity for temple exploration. The small city which is surrounded by rivers is actually an island, and is easily manageable on bicycles in two days.
To get to Ayutthaya you can book a tour from Bangkok or you can just go by yourself (super easy!). To get there, go to the Victory Monument SkyTrain terminal and ask around for the mini-vans to Ayutthaya (across the street from the KFC and McDonalds). It will cost about $3 for the 2 hour ride north.
When you get there there are many basic guest houses and a few hotels (booking in advance might make things a little easier). Renting bikes is also really easy – just ask someone at your hotel. Maps are available almost everywhere. Besides biking around, Ayutthaya also has museums, great street food markets, and river boat trips!
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