Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province
40 miles north of Bangkok, and most famously known for the majestic ruins that sprawl throughout this ancient capital city, Phra Nakhon Ayutthaya Province is a beautiful area that is rich in tourist attractions, and evidence of its remarkable past.
Ayutthaya used to be the capital of Siam (the second after Sukhothai) in the mid-13th century, and until its sack by the Burmese in 1767, it served as a major trade hub. The capital ruins are now a UNESCO heritage site, and a major tourist attraction.
Check out what XploreAsia teacher Raquel Coelho said about her experience living and teaching in Ayutthaya!
What is special and interesting about your town?
“Ayutthaya is one of the most beautiful cities in Thailand! The old ruins are sprawled across the city, and around every little corner and bend there is a ruin of an old temple. It has truly been a blessing to be placed in this extraordinary ancient city of ruins.”
Where are your favorite places to go out to eat and drink?
“Bang Ian Market is a favourite of mine, with many many food stalls that have all that you could possibly desire. The market is usually very busy with many locals and tourists. For a quieter meal there are many local restaurants, Arpundits Chao Prom and on the road known as Ferang Soi there are many Farang restaurants.
Where can you go or what can you do to exercise?
“There are many parks that are ideal for running and doing a little yoga. Cycling is a big thing to do in Ayutthaya and the area is great for it. It’s really easy to exercise, and to explore the old city. There is also a gym called Ayutthaya Gym near the train station, and that’s where I train. :)”
Where can you shop for all the necessities?
“The Amphon Department store has all your necessities. If you are looking at shopping as the Thais do, early mornings you can catch the fresh Chao Phrom market across from Amphon. The market is full of fresh produce, fruits vegetables, meat fish, eggs, as well as everything else you need.You just got to look for it. It’s easy to get lost amongst the businesses and alleyways, but going to the market is a favourite Sunday tradition of mine.”
What is your accommodation like?
“It is small, as we are in a guest house, but we are living amongst other teachers and people who are renting full time. It is a wonderful environment and people are very friendly.”
What can you do for fun in the evenings?
“We prefer to stay in, and maybe take an evening stroll and or bike ride. The really are many bars and restaurants close by that may be of interest to those who enjoy a more vibrant night life.”
What do you do on the weekends?
“Spend time in the magnificent parks, take bike rides, enjoy nature. We usually recluse around mid-day due to the heat, but in the late afternoon, Ayutthaya is truly a place to relax and meditate. Bangkok is a 2 hours train ride at 15 Baht if you are looking for a busier weekend.”
What is the best nearby excursion or trip?
Ayutthaya has many Canals and rivers, as it used to be a canal city. Hop on a boat excursion, and take a trip around the river in the early evening ~ very beautiful.
What are some tips you could give to new teachers in your town?
“Take the time to look up and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. Appreciate every moment down to the moment where the little man sitting outside his home smiles at you and acknowledges you when you walk by. Learn to let go and be present in all that you do. Find the things that make you happiest and do them regularly.”