Today I woke up at 2:00am because my internal clock is out of whack. I talked to some friends on the phone and made myself some coffee in my hotel room before I took a cab to the main train station so that I could catch a ride to Ayutthaya. The first cab turned me down, but the second one accepted me, although I had to give him directions as he didn’t seem to understand what I was looking for. Luckily I had brushed up on these four key words; no, stop, left and right.
When I arrived at the train station I purchased a ticket on the “high speed special diesel” locomotive since I missed the cheap local train, which cost me 345 baht (about $13.80) instead of the 45 baht the local train could have cost me, and the kicker is the train was 45 minutes late arriving anyways. It did come with air conditioning which was a plus.
After purchasing my ticket I went and got a bowl of soup and waited for the train. The train ride was nice, with lots of perspective of what the rest of Bangkok is like, and the countryside is like. Bangkok was attempting to grow their transportation network; there is tons of elevated train stations and highways being built, but the government pulled the plug in the 1990’s on the company involved because there was lots of corruption and over spending. I also got to see some beautiful temples along the way. I even was served coffee and a custard filled bun, which was delicious!
Upon arriving in Ayutthaya I took a water taxi across the river for 5 baht. I then explored the amazing historical site of Ayutthaya, visiting the sites of Wat Maya That, Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Thammikarat, Ancient Palace, Wat Phra Si Samphet, and Lokayasutharam. I also had some amazing Thai chicken noodle soup for 40 baht. I walked a total of 20km’s.
On the way back I took a local train without air conditioning for only 20 baht. It was hot, but actually pretty bearable. I helped a few people that had heavy bags with that that needed help getting them off the train. Upon arriving at Bangkok station I took a taxi back to the hotel for 70 baht ($2.80), a distance of about 4km.
I relaxed for a bit before venturing out to Khao San Road. It was really cool, and beyond anything I imagined from what I read and what people told me. Of course it’s super touristy but ya cool; it’s like a mini Vegas strip in the heart of Bangkok.
I was then feeling pretty sleepy so I head back to the hotel room to get some sleep. Stay tuned tomorrow for the next part of my adventure; a journey on the Death Railway towards Myanmar (Burma)!