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Published: September 23rd 2016
Follow the signs at Suvarabhumi airport for the train station on level B
I arrived at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport after a sleepless night flight from Manchester, exhausted but knowing the only plan for the day was to get the train up to Ayutthaya. First up I had to get to Hua lamphong, Bangkok's main train station. It's pretty straightforward getting there from the airport.....first you go from arrivals down to B floor where the rail link station is, you then purchase a ticket to Makkasan for 35 baht, at Makkasan you follow the signs for Phetchaburi MRT station that is just around the corner and buy a ticket here to Hua lamphong, the end of the line for 30 baht. You leave the MRT via the exit that says train station and around the corner you will see the facade of the station in front of you, also on this corner are several cafes serving Thai dishes. After a green curry and a Singha beer it was time to find out about a train to Ayutthaya and also book the night sleeper train from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai for the night after. As soon as you approach the station you will be met by semi-official looking people asking where you want to go....ignore these
You then need a ticket to Makkasan station.
and just go straight in. As you look towards the ticket counters you will see at the far left hand side an office that says ticket office for foreigners, you can use the normal ticket counters if you like but in the foreigner office they will understand you better. The night sleeper trains to Chiang Mai do get full so you need to book as far in advance as you can, the only tickets available for the next night were upper bunk 2nd class beds for 766 baht which was fine, I also booked a 3rd class ticket to Ayutthaya for later that afternoon for 20 baht. The next job was to dump my bags and go off exploring for a while, there is a left luggage office on the far left as you enter the station where you can leave a rucksack all day for 60 baht, bags dumped I had just enough time to walk to nearby Chinatown.
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