Songkran Festival in Thailand

Every year in April is when Thais prepare for their largest celebration in the country — Songkran! For those who don’t know, it is the equivalent of New Years for Thais. Songkran is on the 13 April every year, but the holiday period extends from 14 to 15 April. In 2018 the Thai cabinet extended the festival nationwide to five days, 12–16 April, to enable citizens to travel home for the holiday.

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How to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

Being located so close to Bangkok makes Ayutthaya relatively easy to get to. There are several different options for travel from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, including car, minivan, bus and train.

Just 80 kilometers north and an hour away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, the royal city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, makes for a perfect day trip.

Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya was once the capital of the kingdom of Siam—centuries before the land became known as Thailand. Today, the ruins of this city—characterized by its giant spires, prang (reliquary towers), and moats surrounding the temples—offers visitors a chance to explore a completely different side of “the land of smiles.”

There are several ways to travel from Bangkok to Ayutthaya—from the easy do-it-yourself option on public transportation to the comfort of a guided tour. No matter what your preferences are, here is a breakdown of the options for getting to Ayutthaya:

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What To See In Ayutthaya – Thailand’s Former Capital City

Ayutthaya is a popular day trip that many tourist go on starting from Bangkok as it is only about an hour and a half drive north of the city. If you’re a traveller who loves to slow down and soak in the local life, a longer trip here will allow you to witness some of the raw local life in this once thriving former capital city. 

Getting to Ayutthaya is easy.

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