Boat Ride in Ayutthaya to explore Temples around River banks in Thailand

Ayutthaya being a UNESCO World Heritage City has lot of temples across the city and many of them are located around rivers in Ayutthaya Town. Taking a boat ride in Aytthaya can expose you to various other experiences apart from some of the newer active Buddha temples in the town. This boat ride takes you closer to the lifestyle of people in Ayutthaya town of Thailand. This blogpost shared a lot about Boat ride in Ayutthaya along with interesting facts/tips to make best of such trip in this beautiful town of Thailand.

Ayutthaya being a UNESCO World Heritage City has lot of temples across the city and many of them are located around rivers in Ayutthaya Town. Taking a boat ride in Aytthaya can expose you to various other experiences apart from some of the newer active Buddha temples in the town. This boat ride takes you closer to the lifestyle of people in Ayutthaya town of Thailand. This blogpost shared a lot about Boat ride in Ayutthaya along with interesting facts/tips to make best of such trip in this beautiful town of Thailand. 


Above photograph shows one of the piers from where one can take a boat. We were in the boat you see with green roof. Usually you can book such 2 hours boat rides from your hotel reception and these tours provide pick & drop from/to your hotel. It costs 200 Bahts per person which is a pretty good deal. On arriving in Ayutthaya in the morning, we booked this tour for the afternoon and everything was managed by our hotel manager. It's super convenient to plan & book this boat ride through your hotel. Usually these boat rides are available during early mornings and around sunset hour. I am sure there are multiple tour operators who must be offering different timings and private tours as well in fancier boats. We noticed some pretty fancy boats on our way.

Above photograph shows one of the piers from where one can take a boat. We were in the boat you see with green roof. Usually you can book such 2 hours boat rides from your hotel reception and these tours provide pick & drop from/to your hotel. It costs 200 Bahts per person which is a pretty good deal. On arriving in Ayutthaya in the morning, we booked this tour for the afternoon and everything was managed by our hotel manager. It's super convenient to plan & book this boat ride through your hotel. Usually these boat rides are available during early mornings and around sunset hour. I am sure there are multiple tour operators who must be offering different timings and private tours as well in fancier boats. We noticed some pretty fancy boats on our way. 

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Typically these Boat tours take stops at various Temples on the way. Many of these temples are newer temples with some factors which differentiates these temples from others in the town. One of the most beautiful temples you see during these boat rides in Ayutthaya is Wat Chai Watthanaram. Above photograph shows boats parked near a new temple of Ayutthaya. Over the years, many new temples are built in the town and when you visit them as tourist there is an entry ticket you need to buy. These temples have different ticket and not covered in day ticket you buy for exploring temples which are maintained by UNESCO foundation. 

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You may also come across Tug boats pulling barges carrying heavy loads move slowly down river. This was a very interesting sight for us and I had also created one time-lapse because they move pretty slowly. 

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Some of these new temples around river bank are huge. Notice the size of Buddha in above photograph which is clicked through pretty high door inside the temple. This is one of the new temples in Ayutthaya city of Thailand. 


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Above photograph shows one of the fancier boat roaming around the river and hopping through various temples of Ayutthaya. 


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This Boat ride is also a good opportunity to observe the daily life of people of Ayutthaya and folks going around in small wooden boats, children swimming in the water and people fishing in the river. These are some of the common sights while you are on a boat ride in Ayutthaya.


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Going around the island in Ayutthaya you will see some of the town’s most famous historical landmarks. The first temple on the South bank of the Pa Sak river off the historical island is Wat Phanan Choeng, which is popularly known for its 19 meter tall gilded image of the Buddha.

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During the boat ride in Ayutthaya you will see wooden houses on the banks of the river. Houses in Ayutthaya were traditionally built on stilts because of the frequent floodings in the area and many of the new houses are also built the same way.


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When we were out for the Boat ride in Ayutthaya, the tour ended for us around a beautiful and old temple. And that too during sunset time. We spent some time enjoying the beautiful sunset and then headed back. 


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Above photograph shows sunset view captured during our boat tour in Ayutthaya town of Thailand. 


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After coming back from the Boat ride you can head to the night market of Ayutthaya. That's the best way to conclude your day. Chose some of the local Thai food options and grab a Chang beer to relax in the open. These night markets in Thailand are temporary markets setup during the evening and seating arrangements are also done in open. These markets have lot more to offer beyond food, beer, music and hustle-bustle. 

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This boat ride in Ayutthaya is a good option to explore other parts of the city and it's lifestyle. Also it's a good break from the monotony of walking around the heritage park which is full of similar kinds of old temples. I don't mean to say that it's not interesting to explore those historic temples but it becomes too much of old temples and the boat ride is a good way to take a break & explore something different. 


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