We took the train out of Bangkok- we decided to travel second class rather than third, because a) we're still new to this travelling thing, and b) we wanted guaranteed seats. The whole journey cost us 358 bhat, and took about two and a half hours (an hour longer than expected, but as far as we can tell, this is fairly standard for Thailand).
Once we had arrived, we took a tuk tuk over to our hotel, The Tamarind. At the time of writing, this remains the best place we have stayed so far. The decor was impeccable, the rooms clean, the beds comfortable, and the staff were so so lovely. They were so helpful, both when we managed to lock ourselves out of our room (totally my fault), and when we deided we wanted to stay an extra night.
The hotel even had a little balcony space, where we spent several lovely evenings, with beers, and our books. Very happy campers.
The balcony at Malakor
In terms of drinking, and night life, we found a few bars that were nice enough, but nothing to write home about..
To be honest, we found the evenings in Ayutthaya a little quiet -which is saying something, coming from me- there just never seemed to be any people about.. perhaps this is a result of the coup, or perhaps it is simply that the dogs own the streets, or maybe we were just looking in the wrong places.. whatever it is, if you're heading to Ayutthaya for the nightlife, I wouldn't bother, you'd be better off just coming for the day.
If however, you've found Bangkok to be just a little bit to much, and you're looking for a place to chill, and see some history, then this is definitely the place for you, and I can only hope you enjoy it as much as we did.