The ancient city of Ayutthaya, or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, was the capital of Siam for 417 years, and is one of Thailand’s major tourist attractions.
It is situated about 76 kilometers north of Bangkok and surrounded by 3 major rivers: the Lopburi on the north, the Pasak on the east and the Chao Phraya on the south and west.
Ayutthaya is founded around 1350 by King U-Thong and became the second capital of Siam after Sukhothai. Throughout the centuries the city was the trading capital of Asia and even the world. By 1700 Ayutthaya had become one of the largest cities in the world with a total of 1 million inhabitants.
Many foreign merchants set sail for Ayutthaya, from diverse regions as the Arab world, China, India, Japan, Portugal, the Netherlands and France. Most foreign visitors, traders or diplomats alike, proclaimed Ayutthaya as the finest city they had ever seen. Dutch and French maps of the city show grandeur with gold-laden palaces and a huge fleet of trading vessels from all over the world.
Old painting of ancient Ayutthaya
In 1767 the Burmese invaded Ayutthaya and almost completely burnt the city down to the ground.
During the period when Ayutthaya was the capital, a total of 33 kings and several dynasties ruled the kingdom.
In recognition of its historical and cultural importance, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park, the location of the ruins adjacent to today’s city, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
The best way to explore Ayutthaya is to join one of our Ayutthaya bike excursions.
Currently we offer 3 amazing Ayutthaya bike excursions. During all our tours participants get a very good impression of this once wealthy and prosperous city.
Ayutthaya City Culture
Ayutthaya City Culture is a 3-4 hour bicycle excursion through the former Thai capital. The tour starts every day at 9 AM and 1 PM and is the bike excursion to take if you only have very limited time in Ayutthaya.
Ayutthaya City Culture is designed to show you some of the most breathtaking and historically important ruins in Ayutthaya Historical Park.
Click on the tour name for the full description: Ayutthaya City Culture
Colors of Ayutthaya
Colors of Ayutthaya starts every day at 10 AM and is our most popular bicycle excursion in the ancient capital.
Our Colors of Ayutthaya tour is the perfect Ayutthaya bike excursion for those who want to see more then only the famous temples.
Interact with the children of a local elementary school and try to teach them some words in English while they teach you some words in Thai. Cycle through the countryside and along rice paddies, make a stop at the Elephant Kraal to feed these amazing animals, enjoy a delicious Thai lunch and of course visit some of the most famous temples as well.
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Ayutthaya Sunset Ride
Ayutthaya Sunset Ride is our evening bicycle adventure and starts every day at 6 PM. During this Ayutthaya bike tour you explore the former capital of Thailand at night.
After sunset the ruins and temples are beautifully illuminated and look even more magical then during the day!
Click on the tour name for the full description: Ayutthaya Sunset Ride
How to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya?
- Transfer with Recreational Bangkok Biking: We can arrange roundtrip transfers from your hotel in Bangkok to our office in Ayutthaya (with air-conditioned car/minivan). Transfer rates are on request.
- Train: Several trains leave from Hualamphong Station in Bangkok to Ayutthaya every day. The train ride takes about 90 minutes (if no delay) and a train ticket costs THB 15 per person in 3rd class (one way) or around THB 300 per person in 2nd class (one way).
If you made a reservation for Ayutthaya City Culture morning tour, you should take the train which departs from Bangkok at 7 AM.
If you reserved a place on our Colors of Ayutthaya bike adventure, we recommend you to take the train with departure from Bangkok at 8:20 AM.
- Bus: Buses heading for Ayutthaya depart every 20-30 minutes from the Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit) in Bangkok. From Bangkok center you can take the sky train to Mo Chit. The bus journey takes about 2 hours in the morning.
- Minivan: Minivans from Bangkok to Ayutthaya leave every 20-30 minutes (when full) from Mo Chit Bus Terminal. One way fare is approx. THB 60 per person and traveling time is 1 to 1,5 hour.
NOTE: minivan drivers have a bad reputation and are notorious for driving recklessly and at high speeds, so we advise one of the other means of transport.