Kiha-183 Excursion Train to Ayutthaya – Richard Barrow in Thailand

Good morning from Hua Lamphong Station. Today I took the Kiha-183 excursion train to Ayutthaya. This is a refurbished Japanese train used by the Thai State Railways as a tourist train that travels to various destinations every weekend. I will be doing most of this trip as part of my “Rail Tour” project to promote eco-friendly and sustainable travel.

TRAVEL DATES: March 25, 2023

(2) To purchase tickets for the KiHa-183 tourist train, go to the D-Ticket website dticket.railway.co.th/DTicketPublicW… and click ‘Explore Thailand by Train'. There are different objectives every week. Call 1690 for more information.

(3) Our journey today is to Ayutthaya. The ticket costs 1,499 Baht and includes breakfast, lunch, bus and boat tours and souvenirs. Prices for other tours may vary. Sometimes cheaper sometimes more expensive.

(4) The train arrived at Ayutthaya Railway Station at 9:50am where we switched to the bus for the first part of the tour. This is what makes the trip worthwhile as it includes trains and local transportation at the destination.

(5) Our first stop is at Chao Sam Phraya National Museum. The ticket price is included in the tour price. The highlight is the new Gold Treasures Exhibition which contains more than 2,000 gold artefacts found in the crypts at Wat Ratchaburana and Wat Mahathat.

(6) We had a buffet lunch at a local hotel which was included in the tour price. We then got back on the bus for a short ride to the wharf where we boarded a converted rice barge for a tour along the river.

(7) I like to go on boat trips. This is always a highlight of any trip I take. If you come here alone, you can rent a small boat for around 700 Baht. Ayutthaya's old town is built on an island and a boat ride is a good way to see some of the sights.

(8) Our next stop is at Kong Kong Market in Bang Pa-In district. I've been here several times and I love it. But really it's only interesting if you're hungry. And I'm still full from lunch.

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(9) The final stop, and highlight for me, was the royal waiting room at Bang Pa-In Railway Station. It was officially opened on March 26, 1896 by King Rama V. It's not normally open to the public and we were lucky to get inside.

(10) This concludes a day trip to Ayutthaya on the KiHa-183 train. I hope you've enjoyed my photos and that I've inspired you to try this train on a future trip. Now there are visits every weekend.

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