Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Chiang Mai

After an extended stay of 4 nights in Bangkok we took the train to Ayutthaya at around 1 pm. We tried to get tickets for the night train on January 29th from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai but all the sleeping compartments were already full and we extended our stay in Bangkok for one more day. The train ticket to Ayutthaya costs 15 bath and it takes us 2 hours to get there. A lot of people and 30 degrees Celsius without air conditioning isn’t really a joy.

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When we arrived at our place to stay “Baan Kong Homestay” we got a warm welcome we went to discover the historical park of Ayutthaya with his temples and also the head of Buddha in the tree. The sun went down when we returned to the hotel and we enjoyed some large beers for 60 bath each what is a really fair price I think 🙂

He next day we rented a bike and made a tour in the hot midday sun! Probably his wasn’t the best idea but as the city is all flat it goes really well! 50 bath per bike all day and we visit all the beautiful places like the 37 meters long Reclining Buddha at Wat Lokaya or the 50 meters high Chedi Phukhao Thong a little outside of the old city.

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A part of the “Ayutthaya Historical Park” was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. And in 1969 the “Fine Arts Department” began with renovations of the ruins which were destroyed by the Burmese army in 1767. The Ayutthaya Historical Park covers the ruins of the old city of Ayutthaya what was founded by King Ramathibodi I in 1350 and was ruled by 35 kings since then.

After the exhausting day with our bike we sat down with a beer and a glass of white wine in front of the ruins to watch the sun go down just behind. It seemed as the biggest sun I’ve ever seen, an amazing orange / red glowing ball of fire!

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Our train to Chiang Mai was supposed to leave at 21:07 but was a little late and left short after 22:00. As the first class was already full when we bought our tickets we took second class and that wasn’t too bad in this train. Compartments of 4 people in two beds up and two beds down. We prepared ourselves for the train with some bred, cheese, ham, a bottle of SangSom and a movie. So we watched “The Addams Family” drank some rum and eat our delicious midnight snack 🙂

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The night was cold because the cool down he train to incredible low temperatures but luckily we were prepared for this and for this I had a really good sleep if to Chiang Mai.


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