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Ayutthaya Thailand Part I

weeee…… !!~  Been to Bangkok so many times, this is the first time we took their train elsewhere!

Ayutthaya is a destination we aim to go as it has very strong Buddhism background and we were both devoted Buddhist.

It is a joy to be immersed in a land rich of history and knowledge.

There are 2 routes to go from Bangkok city,

– Hua Lam Phong Train Station

– Mini Van from Victory Monument

We chose to take a train instead as most reviews said that its something different from a modern city!

Woke up at 5+am, reached Hua Lam Phong Train Station at around 7am.

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We bought the Class 3 Tickets. it cost like 20B per pax!?

Just tell the staff you want to go to Ayutthaya.

no aircon thou… haha… and abit smelly on the train. but its worth an experience lah! next time we will probably Victory Monument instead.

We asked the counter for help on where to wait for the train.. feel that instructions werent clear so best to get some help from the staff!

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There will be a train conductor walking around and you can ask him how many more stops! This train also passby Don Mueang Airport.

Alighted at Ayutthaya Train Station at around 1.45hrs.

 At the train station, you will see a few Tuk Tuk drivers, they will be in uniform, just get a quote from them, they will first quote you 300B per hour, you can ask for discount, market rate is around 200B per hour.

We went to five temples (wat) in total, took around took around 3 hours in total. (11am-2pm)

The tuk tuk driver will bring us to the temple, wait outside and bring us to the next stop when we are ready. totally no stress, free and easy. He will send us back to the train station too. If you are not sure what temple to visit, the driver has a map of Ayutthaya with pictures! Just get him to recommend 🙂

I did a research beforehand and short listed 4 temples! But as we had enough time, the driver recommended us to go to Wat Chaiwatthanaram.

1) Wat Phanan Choeng

2) Wat Yai Chaimongkhon

3) Wat Phra Mahathat

4) Wat Lokayasutharam

5) Wat Chaiwatthanaram

First stop, Wat Phanan Choeng, an active chinese temple. Mixture of lord buddha, Guan Yin, Earth Diety etc..

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Second stop, Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, mostly ruins.

Most of these temples are just nearby each other, probably not more than 10-15 mins.

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Picture heavy post! Will continue part II in next post with :

3) Wat Phra Mahathat

4) Wat Lokayasutharam

5) Wat Chaiwatthanaram

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