Bangkok to Ayutthaya could have been easier if…

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Bangkok to Ayutthaya

Going from Bangkok to Ayutthaya could have been easier if I took a Tuk-Tuk and if I traveled with… Yup. This is a struggle how simple trip from Bangkok to Ayutthaya could be so challenging. You can read Top 5 things to do in Ayutthaya6 fun things to do in Chiang Mai, Best things to do in amazing Pai instead if you don’t want to read my struggles of going to Ayutthaya from Bangkok.

How I decided to go to Bangkok to Ayutthaya

In Korea, Mr. helpful showed me great pictures of a temple in Thailand. At the time, I had no idea where the temple is. But one thing for sure was that I really wanted to see that great temple in front of my own eyes. That’s why I decided to go Bangkok to Ayutthaya.

A trip from Bangkok to Ayutthaya was disappointing?!

Two days before I went to Ayutthaya, I asked some friends who had been to Ayutthaya. One said, “Oh, I like it there. It’s really beautiful!” The other said, “Oh, I was very disappointed.” So I had no idea how I would feel about Ayutthaya.

Bangkok train station
On my way to Bangkok train station. It’s so busy on the street in the morning.
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This is Bangkok train station (Hua Lampong Station). There is a ticket booth on the left, you can buy a ticket there.
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After you buy a ticket, then you get on a train here.
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I took the 3rd class (with fan) morning train to Ayutthaya. It costs only 20 baht! So cheap! (Oh, the train to Ayutthaya also goes to Don Muang Airport, so if you want to take a train to get to the Airport, take this! )

Too early, too far, and too heavy to walk

It was the day for Ayutthaya! I woke up at 6 am. As soon as my friend told me we had to walk for 50 minutes to Hua Lampong Station (which was 4 km away from our hostel), I was already getting really tired just by thinking about walking 50 minutes. I didn’t expect walking this long. Ayutthaya is only two hours away by train but why going to Bangkok to Ayutthaya seemed too far? But what could I do?

We had to walk past all the busy morning streets of Bangkok. My shoulder and legs were so tired from carrying my heavy backpack.

I should have listened to my friend’s advice about backpack

Before I started traveling in Southeast Asia, I asked for my friend who had been to Europe some advice about packing. “Eva, seriously, listen to me. NEVER pack heavy. You are so gonna regret it! While I was walking on the street in England, my bag was so heavy that I wanted to throw out everything in my bag! I’m not joking!”

At the time, I blamed myself for partying the day before I went somewhere, I blamed myself for not listening to her, and I blamed myself for bringing so many things from Korea. I felt really stupid. But I had to go on. No going back.

Am I strong enough?

After a two-hour train ride (it was pretty easy), we arrived at Ayutthaya train station.  As usual, we decided to walk to the guesthouse. (Bargaining with tuk-tuk drivers is annoying since they always try to rip you off, and it’s free to walk as my friend says all the time lol)

The guesthouse was located quite far from the station. Google Maps said it would take about 1 hour and 20 minutes on foot. It was a painfully hot and sunny day to walk (it must’ve been at least 32~34 degrees Celsius). I knew it was going to be extremely challenging but I wanted to test how strong I was. 

food in Ayutthaya
My first meal of the day was rice with fried chicken & basil. It was too small, but at least it saved me from starvation.

Except for the main streets near the train station, there were not many people around. Actually, we were the only ones walking on the street. All of sudden, a bunch of tall, skinny stray dogs showed up and began barking at us. They looked so angry and fierce that I got really scared even though it was a sunny afternoon. Maybe it’s because of my memory of being bitten by a dog when I was seven.

Too late to regret to come from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

At that time, I started to feel weak, I didn’t even have the energy to ask my friend to stop and rest. (Of course, there was nowhere to rest either. Sadly, there was no shade on the road) My body was getting wet from sweating so much and my mind was getting filled with regrets. ‘Why had I decided to come all the way here to a hot country?’ ’Why had I decided to come from Bangkok to Ayutthaya with Mr. helpful? If I traveled  from Bangkok to Ayutthaya with other people, I would just take tuk-tuks and enjoy my trip more.’

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Ayutthaya historical park - Ayutthaya - Bangkok to Ayutthaya - Thailand - Southeast Asia

Ayutthaya historical park - Ayutthaya - Bangkok to Ayutthaya - Thailand - Southeast Asia
I was almost dying from walking so much in a hot weather, but the view on the way to guesthouse was so amazing… that’s why I kept on walking.

But it was already too late to regret and too late to complain coming all the way from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. I couldn’t give up when I was only a step away from the top of the mountain, right? So I just forced my legs to walk. I kept on walking. (I felt like I became a robot which was designed just to walk.)

The end of a long walk

After more than an hour and a half of walking under the hot sun, we finally made it to the guesthouse! Who would expect coming from Bangkok to Ayutthaya would be this challenging? I was so exhausted and had no energy to talk…… But the place was so amazing! Hard work had totally paid off! As soon as I saw the beautiful common area, I felt so relieved…….

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Ayutthaya guesthouse - Ayutthaya - Southeast Asia

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Wat Chaiwatthanaram

When the sun was slowly going down, the owner of the guesthouse, “Ya”, told us to go to Wat Chaiwatthanaram to see the sunset. I was so tired even after taking a rest, but I found it was “the temple” I wanted to visit in Ayutthaya. It was the reason why I came all the way to Ayutthaya so I had to go there. So I turned on walking machine mode and got to the temple. (Location of Wat Chaiwatthanaram)

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Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

The temple was beautiful so I wanted to walk around the temple, I tried my best to take as many as pictures I could. But after 30 minutes, I just couldn’t move anymore. I was so exhausted that I just sat down near one of the main ruins. My friend looked at me and gave me a big hug to cheer me up. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. All I needed was a banana cake, some water, and most of all, rest! I was almost dead, and came alive again thanks to a banana cake! Thank you Heaven Eleven! (I call Seven Eleven Heaven Eleven. It has air-conditioning, cheap food, and beer.)

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Chaiwatthanaram sunset

Finally, my favorite time of the day had come. Sunset! (Does it sound crazy if I say I quit my job to see the sunset? I’m serious!)  Any sunset can be a blessing to me. Just watching a sunset makes me calm and peaceful. Sometimes, I cry too. It’s one of the most beautiful things in the world I think.

After the first sunset, we waited for the second sunset. It got prettier and prettier as time went by. Eventually coming from Bangkok to Ayutthaya wasn’t too bad. The sunset at Wat Chaiwatthanaram charmed me. By the time we left the temple, we found we were the only ones still there.

Ayutthaya’s stray dogs

Wat Chaiwatthanaram sunset
This is what Wat Chaiwatthanaram looks like at night.

On our way back, the street dogs started to bark at us. But luckily, they didn’t bite us. I got scared again. My friend told me the best way to avoid these dogs is not to panic, not to make eye contact, and just walk and pretend nothing was happening.

I don’t even remember what I did that night. It’s because I just passed out as soon as I lay on my bed. At that time, I couldn’t see what was coming the very next day.  The story about the next day in Ayutthaya will be continued in my next post: Emotional detox and travel thoughts in Ayutthaya

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7 thoughts on “Bangkok to Ayutthaya could have been easier if…

  1. Wow! It does look beautiful. I think the effect of a site is increased when you have to work to see it. Many temples and places in Korea are more beautiful if you walk up the mountain to get to them, but if you take a bus it is not as amazing. Plus, with all that walking you burn a lot of calories and being exhausted helps you get a better rest!

  2. I LOVED THE TEMPLE DOGS! I have tons of pictures with them haha 🙂
    Great post, chickadee, I’m so proud of you! <3 <3 <3 I can't wait to read about what you get up to next!

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