Road/Ride - Waited for the morning traffic to decrease and we pedaled out of Suk 11 around 9:30 am. Traffic in -m10556-r78268-Bangkok-Hotel-Deals.html" target="_blank">Bangkok was light at this time. We pedaled down Sukhumvit Road, turned left onto Rajdamri Road and then right onto Thanon Rama IV to get to the train station. Wireless Road off of Sukhumvit toward Thanon Rama IV and the train station works well too.
When we arrived at the station we had to wait for a train with a cargo car. Bicycles are loaded onto the cargo car and we had no idea that only certain trains take cargo car . The charge to take the bikes to -m10556-r78268-Ayutthaya-Hotel-Deals.html">Ayutthaya was 55 b ($1.48) each. We paid for the bikes just outside the train station at a booth. It's better to declare the bikes when buying your ticket that way you know if the train can carry cargo. This particular route only offered tickets for 2nd and 3rd class cars. Our train ticket to -m10556-r78268-Ayutthaya-Hotel-Deals.html" target="_blank">Ayutthaya cost 15 b each (.40), third class. No a/c, no fan, just windows and grates that rolled up and slammed down with the vibration. Front seats in our car are designated for monk use.
-m10556-r78268-Ayutthaya-Hotel-Deals.html" target="_blank">Ayutthaya is mid-sized city with a mixture of modern buildings and historical Wats and ruins. This city is very touristy and a traveler's dream. Architecturally, the Wats and the surrounding grounds are beautiful and worth the time to spend at least one day pedaling around the ruins. Every amenity a traveler needs is here. Good places to eat, drink and sleep, plus the basics, a well stocked supermarket on Chao Phrom Rd (near Soi Thor Kor Sor), two lively night markets with many food vendors and fresh fruit and vegetable.
The city has lovely river views, great sunsets and lots of history. Street traffic is light making cycling an easy way to get around -m10556-r78268-Ayutthaya-Hotel-Deals.html" target="_blank">Ayutthaya. The streets are wide, flat, well lit in the evenings. Distances between the Wats and other sites of interest are varied, at times a few kilometers apart, so a bicycle makes getting around fast and fun.
Slept - Suan Luang Hotel Cost- 500 b ($13.51) Location - 96 Rachana (Rojana) Road. Good central location to explore the Wats. Amenities - Standard carpeted room with double bed. A/C,TV with Aussie channel, fridge, hot water and en suite bathroom. We read in our guidebook that a hospitality school runs the hotel and trains future hospitality industry employees. The hotel is a bit run down, but nice with all the amenities.
Bikes were locked inside the lobby area in a side hallway. Very secure.
Accommodations in town - Plenty of guest houses in town. Mostly concentrated along Soi Thor Kor Sor and the surrounding streets. Higher end hotels are also in this area and along the river.
Wat Exploration Ayutthaya - Side Trip
The historial area of old Ayutthaya was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991. The area is spread over 3 sq. kilometers. Which makes having a bicycle the ideal method to explore the spectacular Wats, ruins and chedis built of red-brick and set in lush gardens, around lovely lakes and lush, forested surroundings.
We spent the entire day pedaling around inside the old city and then ventured over the river the more obscure Wats outside the wall city.