I had been planning on taking the #69 night train from Bangkok to Nong Khai (which stops at Ayutthaya) end of jan 2011. Then had the thought that it would be a great idea to take a 3rd class jump-on train to Ayutthaya in the morning, jump off, visit the temples and old city, then be back at the Ayutthaya station in the evening to pick up the Nong Khai train when it pulls in.
I was wondering if there's a better or worse way to get my tickets.
I expect that it's a good idea to reserve the Ay-NK 2nd or 1st-class sleeper a few days early. So, I was thinking of doing that, maybe at an agency on KSR (seems like a hassle to go to Hualamphong station just to buy tickets. Am I wrong?), then just showing up at the train station to go to Ay on the travel day.
Also, does anyone know if there's a place at Ayutthaya station where I can park my bags for a few hours, while I wonder around?
TIA, hope this question isn't too muddled
#1 textibule has been a member since 20/11/2010. Posts: 7
There are a bunch of 3rd class train options through the day so, yes, you can do this.
"I expect that it's a good idea to reserve the Ay-NK 2nd or 1st-class sleeper a few days early."
Yes, that is a very good idea.
"So, I was thinking of doing that, maybe at an agency on KSR (seems like a hassle to go to Hualamphong station just to buy tickets. Am I wrong?), then just showing up at the train station to go to Ay on the travel day."
No, you're not wrong. You will pay a service fee, but it's not much and, yes, it will save you from going to the station.
I think that the Chinese New Year is at the very beginning of February this year, so you might want to reserve your berth more than just a few days in advance.
Not sure about storage at the station in Ayuthaya, but I'm sure there's something. If not, there are a couple of guest houses nearby where you could probably drop them if you stay and have a drink or something to eat.
yup, as Tilapia says, there are quite a few trains that go to and through Ayutthaya, so you should be able to go to Hualamphong station in Bangkok and more or less just catch the next train.
definitely a good idea too to book your overnight sleeper tickets as far in advance as possible. the trains fill up pretty quickly now, and even if you are able to get a last-minute reservation, it will likely be an upper berth near the door to the bathroom. you'll be much more comfortable with a lower berth near the middle of the carriage.
anyway, instead of just storing your bags when you explore the city, you might also consider getting a day room at one of the guesthouses that is on that short section of road to the west of the train station before you get to the river. that way you'll have a place to store your stuff, shower up, and maybe even take a nap before the train arrives for the trip to Nong Khai .
whatever you do, leave plenty of time to get back to the train station before your train to Nong Khai arrives. i don't know what time the little ferry boats across that small section of river near the train station stop running, but you'll want to figure that out right when you arrive and/or leave extra time to get back over to the train station by tuk tuk.
hope that makes sense. have fun.