Exploring Ayutthaya: What to Do, Eat, and Drink

Bangkok isn’t a famous tourist destination for nothing. There is so much to do in this city that one week isn’t enough to cover all the things that will give you a true Bangkokian experience. It can get overwhelming. That’s why a little RNR in between is always a good idea.

One RNR option can be a weekend away in Ayutthaya. It’s near, peaceful, and guaranteed to give you an interesting time filled with history and culture. If it’s your first time going there, here’s a guide on what to do, eat, and drink in Ayutthaya.

What to Do, Eat, and Drink in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya: A Historic and Magnificent City

Temples in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Temples in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya is one of the oldest and most powerful cities in Thailand and was the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom. It was ahead of its time and excelled in several fields including agriculture, architecture, art, trade, and more.

Fast-forward to modern times, you can still see the remains of its beauty as you gaze upon gigantic temples and monasteries and immerse yourself in its well-preserved culture breathed to life by locals.

Amazing view in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Amazing view in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Fun fact: the Ayutthaya Historical Park is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a witness to authentic national Thai art.

How to Go to Ayutthaya

Ride the train going to Ayutthaya, Thailand!

Ride the train going to Ayutthaya, Thailand!

Being only two hours or less away from Bangkok, there are several means of transportation to travel to Ayutthaya.

1. Train (THB 70 – 260)

People often take the opportunity to go to the famous Bangkok Railway Station by riding the train en route to Ayutthaya. You can either go to the one in Hua Lamphong or Mochit. The Hua Lamphong Grand Station is a must-see!

2. Van (THB 150 – 350)

You can also go to Mochit Terminal Station and hop on vans going to Ayutthaya. The time difference isn’t that drastic, but it is convenient in terms of schedule as vans leave hourly.

3. Private Car (THB 700 – 1,000)

Tired and want to enjoy the comforts of a private vehicle? You can always negotiate with a cab driver or book one through apps like Grab, Bolt, or inDrive. This option also comes in very handy in case you miss your train/van.

Where to Stay in Ayutthaya

Stay at Sala Ayutthaya

Stay at Sala Ayutthaya (c) SALA Ayutthaya Boutique Hotel

SALA Ayutthaya Boutique Hotel is a good place for a staycation if you appreciate art and luxurious hospitality. The moment you enter the place, you will see the past splendor of Ayutthaya elevated by all of the facilities and amenities you need for some pampering.

It may be on the upper side of the price scale, but getting the One Bedroom Pool Suite is a must. You’ll get a spacious, modern room with a private pool, which would be nice after a long day of going from temple to temple.

Beautiful one-bedroom pool suite in Sala Ayutthaya

Beautiful one-bedroom pool suite in Sala Ayutthaya (c) SALA Ayutthaya Boutique Hotel

For a little snack, try their afternoon tea. You’ll get a selection of snacks and your choice of tea/coffee to enjoy in front of the picturesque view of Ayutthaya. This is available daily from 12:30PM to 4PM on a first come, first served basis. The earlier you go, the better your spot will be.

Other accommodation option: Baan Pomphet in Ayutthaya

Where to Eat in Ayutthaya

Boat noodles are famous in Ayutthaya. It’s a Thai specialty dish with a savory soup based on pig or cow blood and various spices. It’s topped with your choice of meat, vegetables, meatballs, and liver. The one from Klong Srabua Boat Noodle has excellent quality.

If you want a heavier meal, go to the semi-hidden restaurant called Chef Wit, owned by— you guessed it— Chef Wit! This is quite an experience because you’ll see a chef who has worked with various Michelin-starred restaurants put up his own shop in the middle of a tucked-away market.

Eat at Chef Wit Restaurant

Eat at Chef Wit Restaurant

And it translates to his cooking. Each dish is prepared in an open kitchen where you can witness how he masterfully prepares meals tailored to your liking. He is very hands-on and is willing to customize your food the way you want it.

Amazing Thai food in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Amazing Thai food in Ayutthaya, Thailand

It’s quite hard to find the place, and it’s quite hard to get a table (first come, first served basis, too). We’d recommend going there ahead of time with the help of Google Maps for better chances!

Tasty coconut ice cream in Thailand

Tasty coconut ice cream in Thailand

Still got room for dessert? There is one Michelin-guided stall worth checking out called Roti Sai Mai that you need to try. With its thin yet crispy crepe and unique sugar floss filling, you’ll instantly see what the hype is all about!

Where to Drink in Ayutthaya

For an old city, Ayutthaya is teeming with contemporary cafes amidst the number of local coffee stands available on almost every corner.

One that stands out is Busaba Cafe & Bake Lab. The minimalist industrial design of the shop makes it easy on the eyes. Plus, their selection of drinks is straightforward (not too many “signature” choices) and focused only on quality coffee.

Coffee time at Ayutthaya, Thailand

Coffee time at Ayutthaya, Thailand

Their pastries are part of their specialties, too. If you have a sweet tooth, it’s best to pair them with your favorite cup of joe.

If you want a cafe that has more Ayutthaya vibes to it, be sure to drop by Rak Na Ayutthaya. You can roam around their open field and take lots of photos perfect for the ‘gram.

Need a nightcap? While staying at your hotel and ordering drinks from there is always a good idea, you might want to head to Camping Bar Ayutthaya. It’s a cute site where you can tipple on wooden tables under the night sky.

If you get hungry, we’re just throwing in that the Thai-style BBQ called Moo Kata is also available here— just saying!

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