Thailand Trip: The Local Taste of Ayutthaya (1-Day Trip from Bangkok & Itinerary)

There are two things I always do when visiting Thailand: eat local food and temple-hopping! As Indonesian, I find Thai food matches my taste as it is quite similar to my home country cuisine. Also, do I need to explain to you that temples in Thailand are incredibly stunning? If you are into both of those things, then Ayutthaya is a city you can not miss.

Ayutthaya is a city in Thailand, located only 80 KMs north of the capital city Bangkok. It was the second capital city of Siamese Kingdom from 14th to 18th century (the first capital city is Sukhothai). Ayutthaya was full of beautiful palaces, temples, and monasteries.

Unfortunately in 1767, the Burmese (Myanmar) army attacked the city and burned Ayutthaya all to the ground. The city was abandoned then and never rebuilt. The Siamese Kingdom moved to a new place you know now as Bangkok.

Ayutthaya, you’re a beauty!

If you see any beautiful ruins with chedi-shaped made of red bricks on the internet, there is a big chance of it could be Ayutthaya. I love that it was very different than any other places I visited in Thailand before. The historical story is beyond. You couldn’t help but wonder how majestic the city was in its prime time when you explore the area.

Ruins of Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is very reachable from Bangkok, it will take you probably just an hour or two depending on the traffic. You can either take private or public transportation to go to here. If you have limited time in your trip, you can do a day-trip to from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, just like I did with TakeMeTour!

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One Day Trip from Bali to Nusa Penida

Lured by the beautiful pictures I’ve seen in social medias (again!), I finally made a day trip from Bali mainland to Nusa Penida.

Most people spend their holidays on the mainland of Bali, and yes, I will suggest you to do that if it is your first time visiting Bali.

Other than the mainland, on the eastern side of Bali you will find The Nusa Island trios: Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. Very much less crowded than the mainland, but I tell you, has one of the most beautiful pristine beaches I’ve ever seen. Pictures can’t do justice, but here’s to give you an idea:

If you have plan to Bali, please put Nusa Penida on your list. The island is a little secluded though (perfect for honeymoon or for couple trip, to be honest!). If quiet time is not your cup of tea, no worries cause you still can do a day trip from mainland Bali to here!

BOAT RIDE FROM MAINLAND TO NUSA PENIDA

To get to Nusa Penida, you have to take a boat.

Most people take the fast boat from Sanur port (30 minutes car ride from Kuta). If you use Google Maps to search Sanur port like I did, it will be a little confusing since it will show you two ports (both in Sanur area). My suggestion is to just search ‘Warung Mak Beng’ (it’s a name of famous restaurant in Sanur), cause the fast boat shops will be just few meters from there.

The price for return boat trip from Sanur to Nusa Penida is Rp 150.000,- (locals). It is available from 07.00 – 15.00. There will be a lot of boat shops along the Sanur port, just go to one of them and find the departure time that suits you. I went with boat from Dwi Manunggal. The journey from Sanur to Nusa Penida took around 45 minutes.

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