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Friday, December 19, 2014

Thailand Trip Itinerary 2014 - Part 11 Bangkok - Ayutthaya [Sukhothai]

Day 13 – Bangkok to Sukhothai [Ayutthaya]
To get there – take BTS Skytrain to Victory Monument Station. Take the right exit and beneath the station at Station 3, there are mini vans going to Ayutthaya from morning to late afternoon. The fare is 60THB [one way]. The journey is about 1 and ½ hours. This depends on whether the driver drops or picks passengers along the route.
Victory Monument , Bangkok
Since we stayed at Suthisan, we took the MRT from Suthisan Station to Chatuchak Park MRT Station, then change BTS to Victory Monument Station. The BTS rate is 31THB.
Left Victory Monument at 9.00 am and arrived at Ayutthaya town at 10.30 am. We hired a local Tuk-tuk to take us to 4 popular Ancient ruin sites. The rate is 150THB per hour. We hired it for 2 hours but paid 320THB as the driver is quite patient giving us some extra time.
Ayutthaya/Sukhothai and Tuk-Tuk
We visited:
Wat Mahathat [Entrance fee – 50THB]
Wat Chaiwathanaram
[Entrance fee – 50 THB]
Wat Tummikarat [Entrance is free]
Wat Yai Chai Mang Khun
Entrance - Free

As we returned to town late, we had simple lunch at the market place. Noodles cost 50THB per bowl. We tried the crispy fried tofu puffs that comes with a sweet and sour dipping sauce which is good at 20THB per plate. A glass of iced lemon tea costs 15THB.
At Ayutthaya, there is a KFC outlet and hotel rates are quite high. So it is advisable to make day trips from Bangkok as there isn’t much to see except for the Ancient City.
We left Ayutthaya at 2.30 and arrived at Victory Monument, Bangkok by 4.00 pm. Very comfortable journey by van.
We had dinner at Chinatown, Yaowarat Road, Bangkok. To get here, take MRT to Hua Lamphong Station, take the side exit, walk across to Wat Tramit [Golden Buddha]. Yaowarat Road is just after it.
Night View of Wat Tramit [Golden Buddha]
Chinatown Bangkok, Yaowarat Road
We wanted to eat at T&K Seafood but the place was packed and there was a long queue. We had dinner at Heng Seafood which is just next to it. Prices for the food is unreasonably high for the standard, quality and quantity. Advisable not to patronize this stall.
2 grilled crabs [500THB each] and a pot of fried glass noodles with prawns [350THB] costs 1370THB which we think is very expensive.
Fried Glass Noodles with Big Prawns [350THB/portion]
Grilled Crab [500THB/crab]
Along the way, we tried the Durian Sticky Rice [60THB] which isn’t as good a Mango Sticky Rice.
On the way back, we had again the promegrante juice [40THB/bottle] and the Radna [60THB] which smells good but taste wise is so so only. I think the vendor charged us more. A normal plate is only 40THB.
Durian Sticky Rice [60THB/plate]
Radna [40-60THB/plate]
Fresh Promegrante Drink ]40THB/bottle]
Anyway, it is good experience.
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