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Thailand – Ayutthaya

Day 4: Country #2

Ayutthaya, a historic capital city and world heritage site, is a short train ride and easy day trip from Hua Lamphong. Buy your ticket 1 day in advance. Most attractions are bounded between rivers though a few temples sit majestically across on the other side. Ferry’s take you across. You’ll find floating markets, tourist offices, and lots of temples in various conditions including Wat Chaiwatthanaram, a precursor to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. There are even historic Dutch and Japanese settlements. Elephants can also be spotted around Phra Ram Park.

Tip:
Songthaew, or local buses are the best way to get around. These distinctive trucks with 2 benches of seating drive fixed routes and are easy to flag down, hop on, ride as far as you want, then get off as you hand a 5 baht ($0.15) coin to the driver. Short ferry’s are the same price. I prefer them over Tuk Tuks which require tough negotiations and can be a waste of time.

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Ferry over the Pa Sak River to Wat Phanan Choeng

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