Ban Phaniat

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  • Day8

    Day 7 - The Train to Ayutthaya

    December 17, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We both had a restless night and were wide awake before the 6am alarm call. We showered & packed & went down to breakfast at 7am.

    After coffee & croissants, we settled our bill & arranged for a taxi to take us to Chiang Mai Railway Station. The 15 minute journey cost us just 79 Baht (£2), so feeling generous, I let her keep the 100 Baht note I gave her.

    Jackie left me outside the station with the luggage whilst she went off to collect our rail tickets from a nearby hotel. She came back with a silly grin on her face so I knew we were definitely sitting together, we were.

    We walked up the platform & boarded our Special Express to Bangkok. We trooped up & down the carriage, accidentally crashing our rucksacks on literally every passenger that had already boarded.

    At 8.50am sharp, the train pulled out of Chiang Mai. It was only a quarter full, so we both moved to more favourable window seats & spread out. The majority of the passengers were Thai, who were very smiley & friendly. The train passed through initially jungle & mountainous scenery, which then flattened out to farm land and paddy fields.

    Shortly after boarding, a hostess came round with a trolley & supplied us with coffee & a banana custard filled bun. An hour later she was back with 3 cartons each, which contained 1. stir-fry chicken in basil leaves, 2. Fried baby clams & 3. sticky rice. It was disgusting, Jackie said that she wouldn’t have fed it to her cat......if she had one. The whole lot went in the bin. We had a ‘consolatory’ Hong Thong & some Lays! Later on our hostess returned with more coffee & a packet of fig rolls each.

    Throughout the journey we made several stops, where more people got on than got off & before long, we had been forced to return to our allocated seats. We both read our books, yes even Jackie! There is photographic evidence.

    We arrived at Ayutthaya at 7.15pm, almost exactly the same time it took us to fly from Heathrow to Bangkok. Overall the train journey had been a very pleasant experience, not bad for just £22.50 each!

    For 100 Baht we took a Tuk Tuk 🛺 to our new accommodation, Baan Kong Homestay on the island in Ayutthaya. We checked in & had to promise that we would pay later as we didn’t have enough cash to pay up front.

    We dumped our bags, changed into shorts, it is considerably hotter in Ayutthaya, then headed out for a beer & a snack. We firstly got out 10,000 Baht from an ATM, then selected a restaurant called Burinda Restaurant. I had a Pad Thai, whilst Jackie had a Nasi Goreng. It was the best food we had had on this trip other than maybe my Massaman curry in Chiang Mai.

    Feeling chilled, we returned to our Homestay, only to find we were locked out, until we managed to squeeze through a side gate, to break back in. We ended our night sat on our balcony listening to the soothing sounds of Nick Drake.

    Song of the Day - The Day We Caught The Train by Ocean Colour Scene.
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  • Day34

    Train Rumble to Mekong Indochina Hash

    November 12, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    FP got a few hours of sleep , and we packed out for a long day of hash adventure. First we rounded up for the busses that would take on various sight seeing adventures along the way to Ayutthaya. We stopped off at the old city palace, had a lunch, then bussed over to the run site by the great leaning Buddha. I was a mule hare for Whoremonger, and it turned out to be a fun but short trail through various Wats. After the trail, we rode tuk tuks to the place we had circle and beers. Once complete, we strolled out the back door and loaded onto dinner boats and floated the river while feeding on excellent Thai food. Then it was back on the busses, to the train station. By this time, we were both ready for some sleep, so piled our stuff up and jumped into our bunk. Sleep on the train was not to bad, especially since they have upgraded the tracks to the long rails, so no clickety clack, just smooth rolling. We arrived in Chiang Mai on Wednesday morning, and made our way to the hotel and relaxed for the rest of the day. Thursday starts 5 days of hash trails in and around Chiang Mai.Read more

  • Day38

    Niwas Ayutthaya

    October 4, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Auf dem Weg zum Guesthouse, war es dann soweit ich legte mich mit meinem Rucksack die Länge nach hin und konnte nur mit Sabrinas Hilfe wieder aufstehen 😂 Nicht wegen der Schmerzen, sondern, weil der Rucksack so schwer war.
    Wir haben uns wirklich ein wunderschönes kleines Guesthouse ausgesucht, mit einem super netten Besitzer der uns direkt einen Überblick verschaffte und uns die wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten auf einer Karte einzeichnete. Morgen leihen wir uns ein Fahrrad und drehen eine Runde.
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  • Day31


    May 18, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    Heute sind wir von Koh Samui nach Bangkok geflogen und vom Flughafen mit Bus und Zug nach Ayutthaya gefahren.

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