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How to Get to Ayutthaya  By Bus, Continued

Buses operate every 20 minutes or so from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal ( Mo Chit ) directly to Ayutthaya. First class air-con buses charge 50 Baht. This trip is scheduled to be around an hour and a half, but allow at least two hours for the trip since the buses stop  frequently and there are often jams on the roads out of/into Bangkok.

To get to Northern Bus Terminal, take to Mo Chit BTS Station. On exiting gantry gates, cross the bridge on the right to go to bus-stop, and take bus service 3 or bus service 77. (air-con buses charge 12 Baht, non air-con buses charge 7 Baht.) Bus ride is about 10 - 15 minutes and the Northern Bus Terminal destination is the last stop for the bus services. However, buses do not stop in the Northern Bus Terminal, but at the bus stop across. Cross the bridge to get to the Bus Terminal.

Also you can take a minivan from the Victory Monument direct to Ayutthaya. Takes ~1 hour and costs 60 Baht. Buses depart every 20 minutes or so

The buses are from 4:30 AM–7.15PM. For more details, please call Tel. 0 2936 2852-66  /   0 2936 2852-66  Ayutthaya Bus Terminal, Tel. 0 3533 5304  0 3533 5304     In Ayutthaya, the central BKS bus station is on the south side of Thanon Naresuan next to the Chao Phrom Market. songthaews to Bang Pa-In also leave from here. Some 1st-class buses to Bangkok, however, leave from the north side of the road some 500 mtrs. to the west, on the other side of the Khlong (canal); the queue for air-con buses is easy to spot.

From Kanchanaburi, take a local bus from the main bus station to Suphanburi for 45 Baht (2 hours), then another local bus to Ayutthaya for 40 Baht (1.5 hours). A taxi from Kanchanaburi costs 2000-2500 Baht (2 hours).

There is also a central bus station east of town serving northern destinations. It can be reached by songthaew - ask around to find the appropriate stop.

By Minibus

Convenient minibus service (can get stuck in traffic, but makes no stops like regular buses) operates from the Victory Monument square in Bangkok. Take BTS Sky train to the Victory Monument station, and go right on the elevated walkway - keep on it until you cross a large road, then descend - the buses are parked at the  side of the main traffic circle). The cost is usually ~70 Baht, takes around 1 hour or 1 hour 20 min. It's  convenient since you do not have to go to bus terminals (nearby Mo chit) but the only problem is that the minibuses do not have much space to put big suit cases  and you have to wait until the car is fully occupied.

By Boat

Cruise boats run up the river from Bangkok, often stopping at Koh Kret and Bang Pa-In along the way. You will need to book in advance as there are no scheduled services, just trips for tourists. It's a  lengthy trip (at least one whole day) and some of the larger boats offer (pricey) overnight tours. -- Boat from Ayutthaya to Bangkok leaves 11:30 a.m. daily ( arrives Bangkok 4 p.m. ) about 1350 Baht / person Tel: 08 97662672  /  08 97662672 . Travelling by boat to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya is popular among foreigners since it  not only reveals the beauty as well as the lifestyle of the people on both sides of the Chao Phraya River, but also reflects the life in history at the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom when the Chao Phraya River served as a channel of transportation in trading with foreign countries.



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