Day 2 – July 28, 2011
How to get to Ayutthaya from Bang Pa-In Summer Palace?
Right after my visit to Wat Niwet, I went back to the entrance of Bang Pa-In Summer Palace. The reason was to find something to take me to Ayutthaya. But one thing I realized at that moment, there was no public transportation whatsoever around that place. Gosh! I was a bit anxious then. Finally, I decided to enter Bang Pa-In Summer Palace once again. Well, of course, not to re-enter that palace for one more time, but to ask the officers around there on how to get to Ayutthaya.
Finally, one officer (with extremely limited English) who seemed to be reliable enough to help me, suggested a motor-taxi. But, the problem is, I didn’t see any motor-taxi around. Well, turned out, he made a phone call first to his friend who, in my assumption, is the driver of the motor-taxi. While waiting, I negotiated the fare and he offered 20 Baht which I directly agreed at that time (because I didn’t see any other choice and 20 Baht seems to be making sense).
And then, there it was, my motor-taxi! Surprisingly, he (in my wild guess) is another Bang Pa-In Summer Palace’s officer (from his uniform) and not really someone who works as motor-taxi’s driver. His English was even worse than the first officer. But, that was fine as long as he knew my destination.
After 5-10 minutes ride, what I saw in front of me gave a little bit shock. I thought he was about to take me directly to Ayutthaya. But how wrong I was at that time. The view in front of me was Bang Pa-In train station from where I arrived and headed to the summer palace that morning.
Yeah, turned out I had to take the train to Ayutthaya. The fare? Only 3 Baht!!! Super duper affordable!
What to see in Ayutthaya?
To show you what to see in Ayutthaya, these pictures below will answer the question better:
When I got in the train, I realized one thing: I didn’t have any map of Ayutthaya with me 😦 Oh, well! But fortunately there was this kind old woman who tried to help me to get to Ayutthaya. She couldn’t speak English at all and we communicate with what I considered sign language. She showed me where to stop and where to get the boat (4 Baht) to cross the river (I didn’t even know I have to cross the river) if I wanted to arrive at the city of Ayutthaya. When I felt that her kindness was more than enough, I told her I’d go separate way from her and decided to stop at 7Eleven and bought some drinks. I asked the cashier about map to Ayutthaya but he told me to go to the police station to get it *nah, I thought that is too much*. So, I decided to find my lunch first.
I chose KFC to have my lunch and picked some local menu for 85 Baht. It was quite delicious. The reason I chose to eat at KFC is the hope that KFC’s employees can speak English more fluently and help me find Wat Mahathat and Wat Ratchaburana. Well, well, well, was I not disappointed by my own expectation. None of them could speak sufficient English to guide me to my destination. So, I asked them to draw some rough map to where I was heading and their map did help me out!
After I had enough confidence that I’d be able to reach the place by foot, I started the long HOT trip to Wat Mahatmat. Several times, I was approached by songthaew’s driver who offered his service to take me to some other place and said that trip to Wat Mahatmat will take three-hours. He also added the fact that it was damn HOT that day! I was almost allured to get to his songthaew just because of the given fact *thank God I was not, that’s just another prank!* After 30-minutes long HOT walk, I finally saw what appears to be Wat Ratchaburana.
Next destination : Wat Phra Mahatmat! (Entrance fee: 50 Baht)
In my next post, I will give you a little hint of how to find a minivan that can take you to Victory Monument in Bangkok. So, until next post!