A Blast from the Past at Ayutthaya


Team Bangkok’s second day was spent at Ayutthaya—Thailand’s ancient capital. The city is now the capital of Ayutthaya Province in Thailand and is located in the valley of the Chao Phraya River.  

Getting there
Backpackers who would want to visit the old capital have three options to get there. The easiest but the most expensive would be to rent a cab from Bangkok. Plug down rates are 40B but since it will be rented, starting prices may range from 250 to 300B. The cheaper route would be either to ride the bus (I don’t know how) or the train. My friends and I took the train route. So from our dorm in Pradiphat, we rode a bus that would take us to Bang Sue Junction Station—that’s way past Siam. At Bang Sue Junction, there’s a train that would take you to Ayutthaya Station. Train fare is 14B and travel time is around an hour and fifteen minutes. We rode the third class train— no aircon and is quite like our PNR though much cleaner. Plus this one’s the cheapest so there. Hahaha.

Buy your tickets here! Actually si Ate talaga ang subject jan. Chos. Hahaha

Inside the Hogwarts Express. Hahaha. Si Harry at si Ron. Loljk.

Di pa kame nakakaalis ng Bangkok, may borlogs na. Tsss.


By The River Chao Phraya We Sat Down and Ate*
I was especially excited for our Ayutthaya trip. It was supposed to be scrapped from our itinerary because they thought getting there would be too pricey—our alternative was a theme park in Bangkok. Good thing I was able to haggle that it’s a better choice over the theme park—first because there are a lot of attractions to visit and see, second, we get to ride the train and go to the countryside, and third, I just don’t like the theme park. Hahaha!

From the station, we walked towards the small restaurants located by the riverside to ask how much would be the ferry ride. There are also bike rental stores along our way—tourists can opt to tour the old capital by biking. The nice restaurant owner told us that ferry rides would just take us to the other side of the river and the tour’s pretty much on our own. She suggested that we rent a tuktuk, instead. Tuktuk drivers in Ayutthaya are excellent tourist guides so that should be better. We paid 150B each (a total of 900B) for a guided tour.

We arrived at Ayutthaya a little around 11am and we’re already starving. After sealing the deal for the tuktuk rental with the nice lady, we asked her if her resto’s serving lunch. She said yes and offered us immediately the menu. We went inside her bahay-kubo resto and chose a table overlooking the river. I totally loved the feel. Hahahaha. Each one of us ordered a plate of fried rice and Jhessa added a serving of spring rolls for everyone. RJ, Jhessa and I asked for a tall glass of their milk iced tea while Ate Chael, Xave and Kat requested for a mug of mocha frappe. As soon as lunch was served, everyone ate in silence. HAHAHA! Gutom na gutom lang talaga! Xave and I took Kat’s veggies because she doesn’t eat one. Thirty minutes later, the plates were already clean and the glasses half- empty. Hahaha. That was one fulfilling lunch! I especially loved their milk tea. It’s sweet and refreshing and just right. J

A Whole New World
By 1PM, the tuktuk driver’s already outside the resto waiting for us. We paid the owner and happily rode our ride for the day. We sped through the dusty streets of Ayutthaya and a few more minutes we’re spellbound. The ruins are just beautiful and picturesque.

Platform Ayutthaya. :)

Largest Golden Buddha. Everrrr.
Buddha and His Wat.

Smaller Buddha Statues serve as sentinels around the wat.

Floating Market.

While on the ride.

Against the light.

Buddha statue ruins.
Temple Ruins pa rin.

Because Jollijeeps and McDollibee have kin in other countries too. Hahaha

Perspective.

Techy monk.

Enter the dragon.
We weren't able to ride the elephant because it's too expensive so we settled for a photo. Hahaha

By the river.
We would have gone to two more temples that afternoon but by the time we finished taking our picture with Buddha by the tree, big droplets of rain are already spattering from the clouds so we halted the tour short. When we got inside our small tuktuk, the rain began pouring hard. Manong Driver brought us to the train station, just in time for the train’s last trip (4PM) to Bangkok. We looked like “basang sisiw” when we got there but so were the other tourists along us. The rains were still heavy and we have to cross the tracks to the other side because that’s where the train will stop. A few more minutes and we’re able to get inside the train--- AIRCOOOON! Lamig lang. Hahaha. As it sped its way back to the bustling urban center, everyone dozed off.

Rainy mood on.
By 6PM, we’re back at Bang Sue Junction. The daytrip gave us a new set of photos with everyone doing the jumpshot and the awesome ~Buddha pose. But more than the Facebook-worthy pictures, we’re glad we reached Thailand’s ancient capital—it’s history, religion, architecture, politics lessons all in one. To be honest, our second day tour to Ayutthaya was my favorite from all the places we visited in Thailand. I just loved the exotic and rustic feel of this locale. Hahaha.

Oh and did I tell you we met Lonely Planet in person? Yep! She’s the nice lady by the river who helped us snag an awesome Ayutthaya tour. Her name in Thai is… I forgot. I’ll ask my friends for that. All I remember was when the tuktuk’s gearing for our ride, she told us her Thai name if translated in English means Lonely Planet. Then she’s gone. Char. Di naman siya fairy! Hahaha.

For more photos of our Bangkok trip, you may visit my photoblog at www.kyemeruth.jux.com. J

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Blast from the Past at Ayutthaya


Team Bangkok’s second day was spent at Ayutthaya—Thailand’s ancient capital. The city is now the capital of Ayutthaya Province in Thailand and is located in the valley of the Chao Phraya River.  

Getting there
Backpackers who would want to visit the old capital have three options to get there. The easiest but the most expensive would be to rent a cab from Bangkok. Plug down rates are 40B but since it will be rented, starting prices may range from 250 to 300B. The cheaper route would be either to ride the bus (I don’t know how) or the train. My friends and I took the train route. So from our dorm in Pradiphat, we rode a bus that would take us to Bang Sue Junction Station—that’s way past Siam. At Bang Sue Junction, there’s a train that would take you to Ayutthaya Station. Train fare is 14B and travel time is around an hour and fifteen minutes. We rode the third class train— no aircon and is quite like our PNR though much cleaner. Plus this one’s the cheapest so there. Hahaha.

Buy your tickets here! Actually si Ate talaga ang subject jan. Chos. Hahaha

Inside the Hogwarts Express. Hahaha. Si Harry at si Ron. Loljk.

Di pa kame nakakaalis ng Bangkok, may borlogs na. Tsss.


By The River Chao Phraya We Sat Down and Ate*
I was especially excited for our Ayutthaya trip. It was supposed to be scrapped from our itinerary because they thought getting there would be too pricey—our alternative was a theme park in Bangkok. Good thing I was able to haggle that it’s a better choice over the theme park—first because there are a lot of attractions to visit and see, second, we get to ride the train and go to the countryside, and third, I just don’t like the theme park. Hahaha!

From the station, we walked towards the small restaurants located by the riverside to ask how much would be the ferry ride. There are also bike rental stores along our way—tourists can opt to tour the old capital by biking. The nice restaurant owner told us that ferry rides would just take us to the other side of the river and the tour’s pretty much on our own. She suggested that we rent a tuktuk, instead. Tuktuk drivers in Ayutthaya are excellent tourist guides so that should be better. We paid 150B each (a total of 900B) for a guided tour.

We arrived at Ayutthaya a little around 11am and we’re already starving. After sealing the deal for the tuktuk rental with the nice lady, we asked her if her resto’s serving lunch. She said yes and offered us immediately the menu. We went inside her bahay-kubo resto and chose a table overlooking the river. I totally loved the feel. Hahahaha. Each one of us ordered a plate of fried rice and Jhessa added a serving of spring rolls for everyone. RJ, Jhessa and I asked for a tall glass of their milk iced tea while Ate Chael, Xave and Kat requested for a mug of mocha frappe. As soon as lunch was served, everyone ate in silence. HAHAHA! Gutom na gutom lang talaga! Xave and I took Kat’s veggies because she doesn’t eat one. Thirty minutes later, the plates were already clean and the glasses half- empty. Hahaha. That was one fulfilling lunch! I especially loved their milk tea. It’s sweet and refreshing and just right. J

A Whole New World
By 1PM, the tuktuk driver’s already outside the resto waiting for us. We paid the owner and happily rode our ride for the day. We sped through the dusty streets of Ayutthaya and a few more minutes we’re spellbound. The ruins are just beautiful and picturesque.

Platform Ayutthaya. :)

Largest Golden Buddha. Everrrr.
Buddha and His Wat.

Smaller Buddha Statues serve as sentinels around the wat.

Floating Market.

While on the ride.

Against the light.

Buddha statue ruins.
Temple Ruins pa rin.

Because Jollijeeps and McDollibee have kin in other countries too. Hahaha

Perspective.

Techy monk.

Enter the dragon.
We weren't able to ride the elephant because it's too expensive so we settled for a photo. Hahaha

By the river.
We would have gone to two more temples that afternoon but by the time we finished taking our picture with Buddha by the tree, big droplets of rain are already spattering from the clouds so we halted the tour short. When we got inside our small tuktuk, the rain began pouring hard. Manong Driver brought us to the train station, just in time for the train’s last trip (4PM) to Bangkok. We looked like “basang sisiw” when we got there but so were the other tourists along us. The rains were still heavy and we have to cross the tracks to the other side because that’s where the train will stop. A few more minutes and we’re able to get inside the train--- AIRCOOOON! Lamig lang. Hahaha. As it sped its way back to the bustling urban center, everyone dozed off.

Rainy mood on.
By 6PM, we’re back at Bang Sue Junction. The daytrip gave us a new set of photos with everyone doing the jumpshot and the awesome ~Buddha pose. But more than the Facebook-worthy pictures, we’re glad we reached Thailand’s ancient capital—it’s history, religion, architecture, politics lessons all in one. To be honest, our second day tour to Ayutthaya was my favorite from all the places we visited in Thailand. I just loved the exotic and rustic feel of this locale. Hahaha.

Oh and did I tell you we met Lonely Planet in person? Yep! She’s the nice lady by the river who helped us snag an awesome Ayutthaya tour. Her name in Thai is… I forgot. I’ll ask my friends for that. All I remember was when the tuktuk’s gearing for our ride, she told us her Thai name if translated in English means Lonely Planet. Then she’s gone. Char. Di naman siya fairy! Hahaha.

For more photos of our Bangkok trip, you may visit my photoblog at www.kyemeruth.jux.com. J

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