Tips When Coming To Ayutthaya

What To Wear In Ayutthaya

Covering yourself is an important matter in Ayutthaya since most places are either temples or an equally holy shrine. While there is no bar to what kind of clothes you wear, you must cover your shoulder and wear clothes till your knees. This goes both for men and women.

You can opt to get a scarf or a sarong that you can use to cover yourself while entering. For women, make sure your clothes are not too body-hugging or show too much cleave. A sandal is a good option as foot wear since you may have to remove it repeatedly to go inside the temple shrines.

What Not To Do In Ayutthaya

Animal tourism is a common sight in Ayutthaya. And there is no regulation against it. In fact, it is openly promoted. You will see places after places with an elephant stable providing rides to tourist. Even with a single look, you can figure out the abysmal state of the animals.

I can only urge my reader to refrain from taking part in any entertainment activity related to the exploitation of animals. Some places do claim that they try to keep it ethical but, in the end, the process of capturing and taming a wild animal out of its habitat is extremely brutal and unnatural. Please do not fund it and if more people do it, the industry will move on to alternate methods.

What To Pack For Ayutthaya, Thailand

As you know, I am a light traveler and packing light for a trip like this is an art in and of itself. Here are a few tips on what to pack for your trip to Ayutthaya, Thailand:

  • Walking/Hiking Shoes: I love walking around new cities or go on a small hike and so I highly recommend you take good comfortable shoes with you on this trip. My go-to shoes are the Timberland 3-Eye Classic Boat Shoes that I wore in most situations, even on long hikes.
  • Breathable Shirts: It can be quite hot outside when the sun is out and the sky is clear so be sure to carry with you multiple breathable shirts that you can wear when you are out and about.
  • Outer Shell Jacket: An outer shell jacket is great for when it is rainy or a little windy outside. I highly recommend the Columbia Watertight Jacket. It’s breathable, light to carry, and best of all, it comes in this awesome orange color.
  • Microfiber Towel: A Microfiber towel is the perfect backpacker’s towel as it is light, easy to dry, and can be compressed to save space in your backpack.
  • Swim Suits: Swim trunk is a must-pack item if you are planning to visit Ayutthaya, Thailand in the summer just in case there is a body of water you can jump in.
  • Camera: One of the most important items in your backpack will be a good camera to capture the beautiful moments you will be experiencing. I recommend the Sony a7C camera with the Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM lens. The highest performance camera and lens combination you can get right now.
  • Power Bank: Keep your electronic charged on-the-go with a 20,000+ mAh Power Bank.
  • Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Trail Water Bottle is a great insulated water bottle to have with you in cities or on hiking trails. It is lightweight and can keep your water cold/warm for more than 12 hours. A total game-changer.
  • Universal Adapter: You just need one universal adapter to plug in your electronics in any country you are visiting.
  • Packing Cubes: Packing Cubes will help you save space in your backpack as well as keep all your belongings organized.
  • Daypack: Langly Alpha Globetrotter is my go-to everyday camera backpack. It’s large enough to carry all my travel gear, it comes with plenty of slots and pouches, and it is stylish as hell!
  • Large Backpack: You will need a large backpack to carry all of this stuff with you. I recommend you get the Osprey Atmos AG 65L backpack. With the excellent weight distribution and the lifetime guarantee, you can never go wrong with Osprey.

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