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Published: July 31st 2006
After leaving our perfect Hotel (boo hoo) and after another sleepless night on the overnight VIP bus (not too sure what VIP stands for?) we ended up back on the Khoa San Rd but nothing was open as it was 6.30 am. We found the travellers rest and waited for the travel agents to open so we sort out our visas for Cambodia and Laos. We discovered it would take 2 days to get them, so we thought we would take that time to see Ayuthaya. We also had to trek across Bangkok to sort out our thai visa at the immigration office - this place was crazy, it turned out we would get a renewed visa when re-entereing thailand, so it was a wasted journey and we were soooooo tired. We even got in a taxi outside which drove us around the corner and then for no aparent reason told us to get out, till this day we dont know why. It was almost mid day by this point and still had not had any sleep. we made our way back to Khoa San, filled out our visa application and then headed to the train st. We just made the
train to Ayuthaya at only 30 bht for both of us. The train was packed but did manage to get a seat on the hard rigid upright chairs. When arriving at Ayuthaya we were mobbed by tuk-tuk drivers telling us that the main area was 5km's away, however, according to our trusted traveller bible said it was only a short walk to the ferry boat, which takes you across the river arriving in the main area. Them tuk-tuk drivers are crafty! Ayuthaya is the ancient capital of Thailand, before Bangkok. It has four rivers around it givng it a natural moat and is famous its many temples, one is even based on the same architecture as Angkor Wat in Cambodia. We managed to find a decent guesthouse at 100bht a night - bargain! The next day we hired bikes to get around and see some of the many temples. We discovered a great park which was very relaxing and made easy cycling away from the hectic roads. There were many elephants roaming around with tourists on their backs. After seeing a few temples we headed towards the Tourist Info where it gave a comprehensive history of Ayuthaya. The old Capital
is more relaxed than Bangkok and is worth a couple of days to explore but there are only so many temples you can take. Back to Bangkok, where we collected our visas and then caught the train for Chiang Mai...
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