Good morning from Hua Lamphong Station. Today I'm at #Kiha183 sightseeing train to Ayutthaya. Here is a live THREAD 🧵 about this trip.
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(2) To buy tickets for #KiHa183 excursion train, go to the D-Ticket website https://www.dticket.railway.co.th/DTicketPublicWeb/home/Home 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 arrives at Ayutthaya Railway Station at 9:50am, where we transfer 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 was at the 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 Kong Khong Market in the 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.
(9) The last 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 ends a day trip to Ayutthaya on the boat #KiHa183 train. I hope you enjoy my photos and that I have inspired you to try this train on a future trip. Now there are visits every weekend.
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