Bang Pa-In Palace, Ayutthaya1

Ayutthaya was a city founded by King U Thong in 1350 and was proclaimed capital of his kingdom. It was one of the world's largest cities at that time. But by 1767 it was destroyed by the Burmese army and now the city lays in ruins. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.



Did I know these facts when I visited Ayutthaya? Certainly not. In fact, I googled everything just now. I was an oblivious 'tourist' who went on a stress free day trip that was arranged in advance by my friend, Carlo. But I should have done some research, right sole sister Chichi? For starters, I broke the number 1 rule when it comes to visiting Buddhist temples. Do not dress inappropriately.My excuse is that it was hot. But yes, shame on me as this was not my first visit to Thailand. I just hope you guys won't make the same mistake as we did. But if you do, there are shirts and skirts that you can rent for 200THB at the entrance. Don't panic, they'll give you your money back after you return the clothes.

First stop was at the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace where the king usually spent the summer.


Bang Pa-In Palace, Ayutthaya

Next, we went to Wat Yai Chaimongkhol. This was my favorite part of the tour. We came to a gynormous temple complex and saw huge buddha statues. I liked this wat because of the chedis, the buddhas and the friendly monks. We must have spent the longest time here after taking so many photos.

Ayutthaya 2

Wat Yai Chaimongkhol, Ayutthaya4

Wat Yai Chaimongkhol, Ayutthaya3

Wat Yai Chaimongkhol, Ayutthaya

Wat Yai Chaimongkhol, Ayutthaya2


We went to Viharn Phra Mongkolbophit after. We quietly observed the buddhist ritual of placing small golden flakes on the statues even though we didn't fully understand it.

Viharn Phra Mongkolbophit, Ayutthaya2

Viharn Phra Mongkolbophit, Ayutthaya

Viharn Phra Mongkolbophit, Ayutthaya3

Our last stop was Wat Phra Sri Sanphet.

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Ayutthaya

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Ayutthaya3

By this time it was midday and we were all sweaty, hungry and experiencing WAT-overload. It was great to have lunch at a local restaurant where they served simple, fresh Thai dishes. This was also where the monks came to eat.

Thai Food

Monks in Ayutthaya

Just a quick note on the day tour: There are certain advantages to taking this route. We paid 1785PHP (40USD) which included the van pick up from the hotel, a driver, tour guide, entrance fees and lunch. It was convenient to get picked up at the hotel, take a 1 hour ride from Bangkok to Ayutthaya and just tag along for the day. Our guide was really good and she shared historical background about the places we visited as well as some interesting facts. The lunch at the end of the tour was a great bonus.

On the flipside, we felt a bit rushed as our guide made us stick to a tight schedule. There were places where we wanted to take our time and go our leisurely way. And others we just wanted to skip altogether. It would have been nice to just ride a bike and discover the temples at our own pace. But I don't think my friends would be amendable to that. (I'm looking at you, Leah) Perhaps on the next adventure, maybe in Angkor Wat?

I'm almost done writing The Sole Sister's Survival Guide to the Full Moon Party. I'm excited to share that with you on the next post.

Until the next trip,
Sole Sister Lois

10 Responses so far.

  1. Woah Lois! Your photos are great!
    I can't wait to share my photos in the future! =)

  2. Lois says:

    Appreciate it Carl! Will check out your website..

  3. flipnomad says:

    im excited to read about your full moon party experience hehehe... cant wait to go back and partyyy!

  4. Lois says:

    hey flip! can't wait to post it as well.. I have a bunch of crazy pictures in there! Yeah partyyy hahahah

  5. Steve says:

    I loved Ayutthaya when I was there a few years ago. You really brought back some great memories I have about it. I didn't know much about the temples or history before I went there either, but that's part of the adventure of going there.

  6. Lois says:

    Hi Steve, thanks for the comment. I totally agree. I hardly plan for any of my trips so I'm always pleasantly surprised at what I stumble upon.

  7. pishy_itchyfeet says:

    Hi Lois. Your photos brings back memories of my trip in Ayutthaya. Feeling nostalgic now. You're right. With a tour operator, you can't really linger. It would have been nice if you could have just sat down in one of the temples and sipped thai iced-coffee while watching the sunset. That's what I did in one of the temples minus the thai iced-coffee part. After, I just rode my bike back to the hostel. And did it again the following day.

  8. Lois says:

    Thanks for the comment pishy! I know what you mean. Sunset at Ayutthaya would have been much nicer with the light and all. Plus we had to wake up so early (5AM!) just to make it to the tour. It would have been great to go biking instead. Glad you were able to go your own leisurely way...

  9. Lois says:

    Thanks for the comment pishy! I know what you mean. Sunset at Ayutthaya would have been much nicer with the light and all. Plus we had to wake up so early (5AM!) just to make it to the tour. It would have been great to go biking instead. Glad you were able to go your own leisurely way...

  10. Woah Lois! Your photos are great!
    I can't wait to share my photos in the future! =)

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