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Bangkok - Side trip to Ayutthaya

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People often ask where are the good side trips from Bangkok, the practicalities, how long to go for, etc.

I've just been looking through my notes, and thought I'd post a few ideas of what we've done in the past.

The first, is a trip by 3rc Class train to Ayutthaya in March 2013. Ayutthaya is one of those Thai places that grows on you the longer you loiter, so I'd recommend staying for at least one night...

"We did this trip on 4 March. I was a bit dubious beforehand, having read that for various reasons the train wasn't such a good idea. But being a determined sort of chap that was going to be how we get there.

So here's how it went...

- 0850. Vacated our accommodation (Take a Nap G/H) on Rama IV, and walked to Sam Yan MRT. Took the MRT, only one stop to Hualamphong.

- 0910. Arrived at Hualamphong train station.

- Queued for tickets (only 1 person in front of me)..

- I asked for 2 x 3rd Class tickets to Ayutthaya. No problems all. Cost 15 (fifteen) bahts per ticket.

- 0918 tickets issued. Train due to depart at 0925.

- Time for pee, and walked to platform.

- Train hadn't arrived, and there were quite a few waiting.

- 0935, the train arrived. Quite a few carriages, and no problem getting seats opposite each other. The train was clean.

- 0950, train departed.

- 1005. Station stop. The village idiot gets on, and I'm lumbered with him for the duration.

- By the time the train gets to Don Muang airport there's no seating space, and plenty of people standing. Don Muang isn't a good place to board these trains if you are expecting to get a seat!

- 1150. Train arrives at Ayutthaya.

So simple!!

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