I'd like to get from Ayutthaya to visit Khao Yai National Park and then pick up a bus or train to Aranya Prathet. Is it best to go via Pak Chong to the north or Prachin Buri to the south? Transport ideas would be helpful, also a place to stay to visit KYNP with a guided tour. Many thanks
#1 rosandjohn has been a member since 6/6/2008. Posts: 2
You could take the train back to Bangkok and switch trains and head straight to Prachinburi without leaving the station. Here's the link with the timetable for trains heading east to Aran.
Or, you could take the bus back to Morchit, and then hop on a bus heading for Prachinburi (leaves every hour), again without leaving the station. If you take the bus, you won't need to go all the way into Prachinburi, like you would with the train. Instead, you could ask to be let off at King Naresuan's Shrine. This is a roundabout on Highway 33 where the bus leaves the highway and heads south to Prachin. The bus almost always stops here to let people off. You can hop off here and find loads of taxis who will happily take you to the park. There were a few places to stay in that place last time I was there. It's an interesting little crossroad.
I'm not sure about this, but it may be possible to get to the park from Morchit. You may want to ask at Information.
You might also check some tour companies in Ayuthaya to see if any offer minivans to Khao Yai.
After Khao Yai, you can head into Prachinburi to catch the train (which is a very nice, but slow way to get to Aranyaphrathet), or to catch a bus to Aran. They leave often from Prachin. You can go to that roundabout again, on Highway 33, and get on a bus there. There are plenty of them. Highway 33 goes straight into Aran.
If you just catch a bus at the highway, you won't need to go all the way into Prachin, which is about 10-15 minutes south and out of the way.
I lived for a couple of years in Prachin and enjoyed it, but can't really recommend staying there due to a lack of accommodation. There's a hotel near the river, and maybe another one or two that I'm unaware of. If you do find yourself there for a night, make sure you visit the night market next to the river. There's not much else to do there. You will get a good dose of nice, curious folks, and typical Thai life in a dusty provincial capital, and that's never a bad thing.
Thanks Tilapia. Instead of going back to Morchit is it possible to change buses somewhere, eg at Wang Noi. Where can we get tickets or do we pay on the bus?
We were hoping to find a guesthouse near the southern entrance to Khao Yai rather than in Prachin - any recommendations?
#3 rosandjohn has been a member since 6/6/2008. Posts: 2
Honestly, I have no idea about that. Your best source for this kind of info will be your guest house owner, or someone in the know at the Ayuthaya bus terminal. My guess would be that it is possible, but that it might involve a songthaew or two and a lot more time than going back to Bangkok, but it will probably be a lot more interesting, most definitely.
I really can't help you out with info regarding guest houses near the park entrance. Every time I went there I camped and never looked into that sort of thing.
I was just thinking that you might be able to get there via Saraburi, which is a little north, but not as far out of the way as going back to Bangkok. Plus, you won't have the traffic to deal with.
Just a thought ...