Bangkok been the capital of Thailand, is a fascinating place where tourists love to explore in shopping and food, at least from a Singaporean point of view. As an Southeast travel photographer. The opportunities of capturing interesting images are pretty endless, depending on what you interest you. Subjects to shoot such as buddhism religion, street photography, endless food, portraiture etc. As most people would hang around the capital to have holiday. Things might get a little bored.
I decide to visit Ayutthaya, especially after the terrible flood that cause the nation huge economy deprivation and life of locals. Now the question is how to get there, how long is the ride, what to see? Surprisingly some people never even heard of the place, or the famous Buddha head announced as an UNESCO site.
Here am going to share a detail account of getting from Bangkok to Ayutthaya by train. Train is proven to be a much cheaper, economically. And, less pollution to let the earth suffer. As a travel photographer i usually scout around the departure venue to have a better understanding of the situation. So things won’t go wrong on the actual day, especially not been a local has it’s disadvantage.
Take a train to Hua Lamphong MRT, eastern part of bangkok. Follow the sign or map to find the exit sign to Hua Lamphong train Railway station. Is about 3 mins walk. The train mrt underground would brings you directly to the entrance of the railway station. Visit the information counter to ask for a commuter train timetable, this will let you plan for your trip. The friendly staffs on the ground are able to speak good English, at least for the one i met.
Circle in red is the information counter
The underground towards Hua Lamphong Railway Station
Exit from the Hua Lamphong MRT or BTS
Get a ticket from the ticketing counter which costs 15 baht. Train ride begins as early as 4.20am. I took the train that departs at 5.20am. Although the timetable indicate reach Ayutthaya at 6.44am. The train ride took longer than i expected due to one long stoppage at a station. Arrived about 20 -30 mins later.
The earlier you leave, the less crowded it is. I managed to get myself a window seat, if you want to catch the beautiful sunrise, do sit on the right side of the moving train window. The train ticketing personnel was kind enough to inform me that i had reached my station, i was surprised he actually remembered where i was going after checking my ticket shortly after departure.
Ayutthaya train station
Upon arrival at Ayutthaya Station. One can either rent a bicycle across the road from heading west or take the tuk-tuk if your traveling in a bigger group. For pair i suggest rent bicycles from the various shops across the station, inexpensive for sure, and rent for the entire day!! The shop owner would be able to tell you where to take the boat ride. For individual, especially the first timers. DO NOT BE COAX by the tuk-tuk drivers. Every driver answer would be the same, “Bike rental shop is very far, so is the boat ride”. As i was rushing for the early light, i couldn’t care less, hopped into the tuk tuk and went off, which was not my plan at all, sadly.
Tuk-tuk across the bridge.
Taking tuk-tuk requires bargaining skill. The driver quoted me 100 baht, which is too expensive. I’ll managed to negotiate to 50 baht, fetched me to the destination i wanted. One can start to explore on the island by taxi, tuk-tuk or bicycle. Bicycle is able to provide you the flexibility, whereas taxi and tuk-tuk only drive you around for 2 hrs, if not pay more for longer hours if want to explore deep. Depending how much time you wish to spend on the there.
Once finish explore the province of Ayutthaya. Head back to Ayutthaya train station to buy a ticket back to Bangkok. Train timing varies, sometimes is not accurate according to the timetable, timetable only gives you a gauge of arrival. Only on the day itself will reflect the precise arrival time.
Train direction signboard
A local monk crossing the tracks to wait for train arrival.
Signaling for train arrival
Finally the train arrive to bring me back. ^^
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