The best way to spend your day chock-full of pleasure is undoubtedly a day trip! Bangkok is the perfect city for a day trip since you can quickly get to Ancient City and Ayutthaya. Both places are incredible in their own way, attracting thousands of visitors. If you’re confused about which place to choose, read this blog to decide your destination for the best day trip!

1. About Ancient City & Ayutthaya

Ancient City

Ancient City, also known as Ancient Siam or Muang Boran, is one of the largest open-air museums in the world. This extensive museum covers over 200 acres, and its ground reflects the actual shape of Thai territory. It boasts 116 down-sized replicas of Thailand’s most famous buildings and monuments that are incredibly exquisite and delicate. Surprisingly, the location of each reproduction exactly matches its original’s geographic location. Aside from replicas, a floating market, an old town market, and beautiful gardens with tons of trees, flowers, fountains, and ponds await you. Ancient City lies around 40 km southeast of central Bangkok and is certainly the best day trip destination where you can spend time savoring the essence of Thai history and culture in a peaceful ambience.

| Location: หมู่ที่ 7 296/1 Sukhumvit Rd, Bang Pu Mai, Mueang Samut Prakan District, Samut Prakan 10280, Thailand

| Opening Hours: 09:00 – 19:00

| Entrance Fee: Adult 700 Baht, Children 350 Baht (50% discount from 16:00)

*If you have a work permit in Thailand, the entrance fee will be only 350 Baht.

**A map, bicycle, and tram are included in the entrance fee, but there’s an additional charge for an audio guide and golf cart. (golf cart 350 baht per hour and then 200 baht will be charged per hour)

***You can drive your car at Ancient City and it costs 400 baht per one car (200 baht from 16:00) 


Take a fantastic day trip to Ayutthaya, which has been officially designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural significance. Moreover, it is only 85 km away from Bangkok. As Thailand’s former capital, it has been best-known for being the most glorious as well as the most destroyed city in Thai history. Surrounded by the ruins, you can easily imagine the grandeur that was once the most prosperous kingdom of Ayutthaya before it was devastated by the Burmese army in 1767. Temples are scattered around and off the island. Three rivers surround the island, but you can easily cross the waterways by boat. Wandering through vast ancient ruin sites, you’ll feel humbled by the powerful spiritual beliefs which dwell in Ayutthaya.

| Location of Ayutthaya Information Center: หมู่ที่ 4 196 Khlong Tho Rd, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand 

| Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00

| Entrance Fee: Depending on each temple (mostly 50 Baht but some are less or free of charge)

*Ayutthaya Tourist Center (0 3524 6076-7, 09:00 – 16:30, closed every Monday)

**There’s no strict dress code.

2. How to get to Ancient City & Ayutthaya

Ancient City

  • BTS & Taxi: Take the BTS to Kheha station and take a taxi to Ancient Siam (about 7 mins).
  • BTS & Free Shuttle Bus: Take the free shuttle at BTS Bearing station at 11.00 am and get off at Erawan Museum. It departs Ancient Siam to Bearing station at 15:00.
  • BTS & Bus: Take bus No. 305 from BTS Bearing station and get off at Paknam and take the local Songtaew 30 or 36 to Ancient Siam.


  • Train: Take the train from Hua Lamphong Railway Station (Bangkok Railway Station). It takes over 2 hours and costs 20 Baht for third class and 330 Baht for first class.
  • Bus: Take the bus from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Moh Chit). It takes less than 2 hours and costs 50 Baht.
  • Taxi: It takes about 1.5 hours from Bangkok to Ayutthaya and costs 2,500 Baht, including round-trip and driving you around historical sites. 
    • Make sure to agree on a price with the driver before you begin the trip.
  • Private Taxi: Take a hassle-free private taxi, which offers pick-up service from your hotel, BBK (Suvarnabhumi) Airport, or DMK (Don Mueang) Airport.

3. What to see in Ancient City & Ayutthaya

Ancient City

1) Dusit Maha Prasat Palace

In the early Rattanakosin era, Dusit Maha Prasat Palace was an audience hall, where national ceremonies were held. King Rama I built the palace in 1806 A.D. However, it was renovated during the reign of King Rama III and unfortunately lost the excellent quality of the original. Architects put a great deal of effort into replicating the beauty of the original and succeeded in restoring the unique appearance of the palace.

2) Sanphet Prasat Palace

The Sanphet Prasat Palace was the place for important state ceremonies. The Sanphet Prasat at Muang Boran was once used as a reception hall to welcome Queen Elizabeth II. 

3) Pavilion of the Enlightened 

The Pavilion of the Enlightened symbolizes the story of 500 monks from different cultural backgrounds who entered into Nirvana. The story of 500 enlightened monks tells that no matter who you are, what cultural background you have, you can pass into Nirvana.  

4)Floating Market

The floating market at Muang Boran reflects the traditional life in Thailand. It shows how people used to trade and live around the river in the past. There are several restaurants where you can have lunch. However, remember that the restaurants in the floating market usually close at 4.00 pm.


1) Bang Pa-In Palace

Bang Pa-In Palace used to be a summer dwelling for Siamese royalty and their consorts. Initially built in 1632 under the reign of King Prasat Thong, this place comprises of several iconic buildings that are dotted around a large park.

2) Wat Mahathat Temple

Wat Mahathat was the royal ceremonial place for both religious and non-religious affairs before King Trailoknat replaced it with Wat Phra Si Sanphet. It became famous for the lone Buddha’s head, which is trapped by the roots of a banyan tree. 

3) Wat Na Phramen Temple



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Inside Wat Na Phramen Temple, there’s a beautiful Buddha image, donned in regal attire. The main chapel boasts a hand-carved wooden gable and baluster windows with a unique architectural feature of the Middle Ayutthaya Period (1488-1629). 

4) Wat Chaiwattanaram Temple

This royal temple, which is across the river, is one of the most elaborate temples in Ayutthaya. It was built to symbolize the universe in Buddhist and Hindu cosmology. Particularly, riding a boat to watch the magnificent sunset view at Wat Cahiwttanaram will present an unforgettable moment!

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Ancient City and Ayutthaya are both great destinations where you can find the real value of Thai culture and history. Moreover, it takes less than 2 hours from Bangkok so that you don’t need to waste a lot of time on your way.

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Photo Credits

Muang Boran Museum Official Website

4 thoughts on “The Best Day Trips from Bangkok: Ancient City vs Ayutthaya

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  1. Hi! we were reading this post and we were wondering if you would be interested in featuring our vlog we filmed while visiting the Ancient City! We’ll leave you our YouTube channel so you can have a look, just in case! 🙂 Thank you for your time!! Marco & Laura!

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