|The mighty impressive reclining buddha at Wat Logayasutharam - if you're cycling there watch out for the street dogs running around the neighbourhood.|
Every year in fact, millions of day-tripping tourists explore its world-famous ancient ruins and temples. But there is much more to see and do, and we believe, Ayutthaya is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace.
|Wat Phra Mahathat - visit in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid both sunstroke and dehydration.|
Walking around this site, and others, is humbling and moving - no matter how many times we visit, we are always astonished at the effort, craft, smarts and skill that went into creating the many temples and statues.
|A great sight to wake up to - the riverside view from the Ban Tye Wang Hotel.|
Run by a very friendly and charming elderly couple, the Ban Tye Wang accommodation block sits next to their beautifully restored traditional Thai home. Being relatively new, the rooms blend modern design features with traditional thai home decor fittings - the rooms downstairs even include a front deck sala area for maximum relaxation. And if cycling is your thing, the hotel has a number of bikes available for guests to use.
|Mutant prawn alert.|
At night we dined at the Ton Nam restaurant which seemed to be another riverside tourist trap eatery serving average fare. How bloody wrong we were - two exceptional dishes stood out - the barbecued cat fish - a smokey, moist, flaky and super fresh piscatorial delight. The other, was the hard-to-find, Ma Hor dish - who knew a flavoursome meatball topped with chilli and coriander served on top of a pineapple square could taste so good.
Another fantastic place to eat is the the big outdoor noodle shop just down the road from Wat Phra Mahathat. I don't know the name of the place but just follow the crowd - the place was rammed with customers slurping and scoffing their delicious and unbelievably cheap priced bowls of noodles. Two bowls for around 50 baht - can't do better than that!
|The Red Sea of Fire.|
|The amazing Ma Hor dish - superb with a cold beer.|
Finally, if you have time and energy call into the Million Toy Museum. Tim Burton would absolutely love this place and you will too if you have a soft spot for robots, superheroes, dolls, replica miniature cars, and a wide variety of retro treats.
|Even robots are friendly in Ayutthaya.|
The Wikitravel page for Ayutthaya