Ayyuthaya, 80km outside of Bangkok is the second siamese capital after Sukhothai. The historic city was destroyed and razed in the 18th century. Ayutthaya is home of the greatest temples I've seen so far and I would recommend you to stay over night or even 2 days.
We reached this historic city really easily via train from Bangkok. Trains are never on time, so the 45 minutes wait were normal for most people. For us, this was the first train we took in Thailand, so we were kinda worried as no-one spoke english. Nevertheless we made it on the right train.
Train tickets are ridiculous cheap in third class fan - 30 Bath/person. As this is just a short 2 hours train ride, I would recommend not to be stupid like us and take the third class. We didn’t know better and took second class which cost us 240 bath/person. At least we had aircon, ha!
Chommuang Guest house, located just 5 mins walk from the riverboat to the train station - OH, PLEASE DON'T JUMP ON A TUK TUK WHEN YOU GET OFF THE TRAIN STATION. BE SMART, DON'T BE LIKE US. This boat takes you both way, to the city and back to the train station for 5 Bath/person. This is the transport of the locals and it's really fun in the same time for foreigners.
The guest house itself is clean, have aircon and some beautiful chatty staff. It has got shared bathrooms and offers bike rental. We wish we could stay longer. 500 Baht/double room.
Bike rental are available from 50 Bath/person from most guesthouses. The furthest temple is 7 km away from the town centre. Its easily bikeable. If you feel lazy, there are several Tuktuk drivers around town.
Top 5 temples in Ayutthaya
Some temple cost a small entry fee. Its anyway a cheaper day out than in Bangkok and you get to see more temples for the same price of the grand palace.
If you staying over night, there is a great daily night market to eat.
Enjoy - thesearchofhappiness