Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya

things to do in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya guide: Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya

Before I share top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya, here are some important preliminaries.

  • How to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok: Take a train to Ayutthaya from Hua Lampong Station. You can buy the 3rd class ticket for 20 baht. If you want to check the train timetable: Click here.
  • Ayutthaya was the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai and it’s well-known for its fascinating ancient ruins. No wonder why Ayutthaya is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand. Temples in Ayutthaya are not just AFT (Another Fxxxing Temple). You’ll find out why once you walk into the Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • And don’t forget, on my list of the top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya, there are other things to do besides visiting temples.

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya

1. Visit Wat Maha That and find Buddha’s Head in Tree Roots (50 baht)

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Maha That - Ayutthaya

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Maha That - Ayutthaya

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Maha That - Ayutthaya

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Maha That - Ayutthaya

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Maha That - Ayutthaya

Wat Maha That is located in the Ayutthaya Historical Park. Just looking around the temple is amazing in itself. I’m not a huge fan of temples but I loved Ayutthaya’s temples. You’ll see old stupas and Buddha statues which passed the years just the way they are, instead of the flashy gold statues of modern Thai temples. That’s why I put visiting Wat Maha That first on my Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya list!

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Buddha's head in Tree Roots- Ayutthaya

Wat Maha That is also famous for Buddha’s Head in Tree Roots. It was really interesting to see. You will find it as soon as you walk into the temple. Just look for a place full of people. That’s the spot! You can’t miss it.

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Buddha's head in Tree Roots- Ayutthaya

2. Visit Wat Phra Sri Sanphet (50 baht)

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Phra Sri Sanphet- Ayutthaya

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Phra Sri Sanphet- Ayutthaya

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Phra Sri Sanphet- Ayutthaya

This temple is the model for the famous temple Wat Phra Kaew in the Grand Palace of Bangkok. This was one of my favorite temples. It was great just walking around the temple. It’s also in the Ayutthaya Historical Park.

3. Watch the sunset at Wat Chaiwatthanaram (50 baht)

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Chaiwatthanaram- Ayutthaya

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Chaiwatthanaram- Ayutthaya

I’d like to say that watching the sunset at Wat Chaiwatthanaram is my favorite on Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya because I love beautiful sunsets and I think one of the best ways to end a tiring day of traveling is watching the sunset. (Maybe that’s just me.) This is the perfect place to watch the sunset. To find out more about Wat Chaiwatthanaram, read my other post about Ayutthaya. 

4. See the Reclining Buddha (Wat Lokayasutharam)

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - The Reclining Buddha- Ayutthaya

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - The Reclining Buddha- Ayutthaya

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - The Reclining Buddha- Ayutthaya

This giant Reclining Buddha looked so happy even though it was hot weather when I went to see him. He’s so massive that it was hard to fit him in the camera frame. Watching his smile made me really happy and relaxed. Best of all, it’s free to see the Buddha!

5. Go to Wat Tha Karong Floating Market

Did you want to go to the Floating Market in Bangkok but never had a chance? Are you a big fan of Thai food? Are you getting tired of being surrounded by tourists everywhere you go? If you answered yes to any of these, then Ayutthaya’s Wat Tha Karong Floating Market is the perfect place to be. I was so surprised that my friend and I were the only foreigners at first. (Later, we found a few foreigners. )

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Tha Karong Floating Market- Ayutthaya

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Tha Karong Floating Market- Ayutthaya

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Tha Karong Floating Market- Ayutthaya

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Tha Karong Floating Market- Ayutthaya

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Tha Karong Floating Market- Ayutthaya

I wanted to visit the Floating Market in Bangkok, but I was in a nightmare in Bangkok, so I couldn’t be bothered to go there. Luckily, I happened to stay at a guesthouse in Ayutthaya 15 minutes away from the floating market, and the owner recommended that I visit. That’s how I found this floating market! I went there often for nice and cheap food. If you are a foodie like me, this Wat Tha Karong Floating Market will be your favorite thing to do on Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya list!

At the market you can:

  • Try local Thai food for $1:
Thai omelet
This is Thai style omelet. It’s stuffed with bean sprout, carrot, and spring onions with peanuts. It’s sweeter than I thought. It cost 40 baht.
Thai food
This dish is rice with pork and a boiled egg in a soy sauce. It’s slightly salty but I liked it.

There are all kinds of food such as 20 baht Pad Thai, 20 baht Tum Yum noodle soup, and 40 baht Thai omelet. It’s good news for a budget traveler! Most of the dishes cost less than $1, so follow your nose and try whatever smells or looks good.

  • Feed catfish:

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Tha Karong Floating Market- Ayutthaya

Catfish can be gross, both in the pictures and in the real life. But I found watching catfish fighting for snacks really fun. (Of course, I was worried about water pollution, and the catfish’ health. So if you do care about them very much, don’t push yourself too much. No pressure. You don’t have to try.)

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Tha Karong Floating Market- Ayutthaya

There is a snack stand in the center of the floating market. All you need to do is buy some colorful snacks and pour them into the river for the catfish.

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya - Wat Tha Karong Floating Market- Ayutthaya

If you don’t want to spend money on buying food for the fish, you can just watch people — usually kids — feeding them without feeling guilty. (Warning: Catfish can be very aggressive when fighting over food. To avoid getting splashed, try to stand three steps away from them.)

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After ticking these top 5 things off on my Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya list, if you still feel restless and want to see more, then there are other things to do in Ayutthaya for different types of people.

  • Type 1: I’m a temple addict! : Mission — Find hidden treasures! Look for small temples and unknown random ancient ruins (it can be free!) by cycling around the city with a map. (Warning: You should be prepared for strong sun and stray dogs.)

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya -Ancient ruins - Ayutthaya

Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya -Ancient ruins - Ayutthaya

  • Type 2: I’m done with temples in Ayutthaya!:

I heard you can see elephants for free at the Ayothaya Elephant Village near another floating market called the Ayothaya Floating Market.

But some people who I met said that the elephants aren’t treated nicely at the Ayothaya Elephant Village, and the Ayothaya Floating Market is too touristy. But everyone has different ideas about traveling, so it’s your decision whether you should go or not. People who I met could be wrong, so if you’ve visited these two places, please leave a comment about what they were like.

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These top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya are based on my experience, so choose whatever you feel like, and have fun! If you have any questions or if you know other fun things to do in Ayutthaya, leave a message in contact or leave a comment below.

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