Ayutthaya by 3rd class train

29 05 2010

We took the 3rd class wooden seater train to Ayutthaya from Bangkok for a bargain 15B each. It was a packed train, so we were happy to have snagged a seat but with so many people leaning over, putting luggage at our feet and standing in front of us there was still very little room to move. The locals made sure we knew when to get off, although it wasn’t too much off schedule. We caught a local ferry (4B) acorss the river and walked to Tony’s Place. We couldn’t find any veg restuarants from happycow so after wandering around for an hour we decided to see if Tony’s could cook us something. We were able to have Pad Thai and rice and vegetables for lunch. And for dinner we had fries, sweet and sour tofu veg and thick noodles.

In town was a supermarket where in the surrounding streets there were icecream shops, pizza, burgers and any number of unhealthy foods. We named it “fat street”. We were healthy and bought cereal and juice from the supermarket. The tamarind juice is fast becoming Benno’s favourite, but we definitely do not recommend the Bael juice that we also had.

The next day we hired bicycles and road around town. We went to the temple with the iconic buddha’s head surrounded by tree roots, but the rest of the temple was in ruins because “it leave in a ruin”¬†as “the earthquake caused the crumble”. After coming from Angkor Wat the ruins weren’t that interesting for us so we road our bikes around and looked at the other temples from afar. We went in search of a vegetarian restaurant for lunch. We found the right street but couldn’t see any numbers. Benno randomly went into one stall and asked if they knew the place we were looking for…and it was the right shop! With no spoken or written English we both had rice and stir fried veg and tofu with a peppery broth, ice water and fresh mangosteens and rambutans for dessert. For the 2 of us it came to 50B (about $2).

That night we caught the overnight train to Chiang Mai. The sleepers were seats that converted into bunks. The rail was not as smooth as China so the top bunk swayed with the movement of the train and made it difficult to sleep without being thrown off the side. On the upside, the privacy was good, with curtains that covered the whole side and gave a little cubby to sleep in.

The buddha's head.