Day 16 .... part 1 of the journey complete .. and we're back on Koh San Road

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Tha commuter train that brought us to Ayutthaya

After arriving in Bangkok after our 12 hour train ride from Surrathani, we were wrecked. The train journey was just like the last trip, noisy rattly, and not that much sleep. Well we got a little more sleep than we thought we would, but that might be down to the fact that we both had 2 big bottles of Singha in us! The attendant on the train must of been trying to get Caroline drunk or something because every time he passed he was trying to open up 2 more beers for us.

 

We arrived into Bangkok just before 7 and we were wrecked. More or less everything bar 'Dunkin Donuts' was open and I was starving, so breakfast was a cup of coffee,  vanilla custard donut and a chocolate muffin ..... and it was lovely!

 

We were planning on heading back to Koh San road to get breakfast and a few things but we reckoned it would be closed so we sat about the train station for 2 hours, trying to fall asleep over the top of our bags! We even went and bought a book each to try and kill some time.

Caroline ... just off the train!

 

At about 8.30 we finally gave in and headed for Koh San Road. The taxi dropped us off in Koh San road and it was still empty, the shops weren't open, none of the stalls were open, but thankfully the restaurants were open.

 

We grabbed breakfast and things started to look up. We took another walk around, bought a few post cards, I bought a second backpack for trekking as well .... the auxilary backpack that I had just wasn't gonna be big enough to carry everything so I had to invest. I thought I was a bit crazy having 2 bags until I met some of the trekking guys! Some of them had 2 full size 60 litre backpacks. Spent a while on the net checking email and stuff, trying to keep up to date!!

 

After getting fed up of Koh San road after about 4 hours we decided to head and pick up our passports from the TAT where we booked our trip.

An Ayutthaya tuk-tuk ... normal enough looking isn't it!
We had left our passports there to get our Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam visa's added to them. It did cost us about €120 to get them but it was gonna save us so much hassle at all the borders! From there we had transfers arranged to take us back to the train station to catch a commuter train to Ayutthaya from where we were to catch the next overnight train to Chang Mai. Another crazy 12 hour train journey over night.

 

We arrived in Ayutthaya safe and sound after sitting on a wooden train seat for just over an hour. Ayutthaya is a small town that is mainly a stop of point for travellers on their way north! I did see 1 very cool tuk-tuk there as you'll see from the photos. At 7.30 our train rolled up and on we got .... To a very pleasant  surprise .....a lovely air conditioned carriage, self closing doors, sealed windows and a much wider seat than before!

 

We had something to eat on the train, vegetable soup, that was just water with lumps of vegetables in it, fried rice and some pineapple.

Check out the sound system in the tuk-tuk!
It was nice as a light late night snack! We had a beer each, got our beds made up and went off to sleep!

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Tha commuter train that brought us…
Tha commuter train that brought u…
Caroline ... just off the train!
Caroline ... just off the train!
An Ayutthaya tuk-tuk ... normal en…
An Ayutthaya tuk-tuk ... normal e…
Check out the sound system in the …
Check out the sound system in the…
Caroline looking tired on the seco…
Caroline looking tired on the sec…
Me looking tired on the second nig…
Me looking tired on the second ni…
A waterlogged rice field no the wa…
A waterlogged rice field no the w…
Some of the farmland scenery, on t…
Some of the farmland scenery, on …
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