2012 - Backpacking to Northern Thailand day 19-22 @ Ayutthaya - Bangkok – Butterworth

Northern Thailand Adventure, Mountains, Rivers and Temples
6th to 27th November 2012

The famous Buddha in a tree near the entrance.
Day 19 (24.11.12) Ayutthaya

We had very good breakfast at Tony’s Place at B150 per person and later hired bicycle to visit a few temples in town. 1st temple was Wat Mahatat and 2nd was Wat Rachaburana and next to it was Wat Srisanpetch and 4th was Wat Mongkolpopit. After the temple visit we cycled to the Sianchan Floating Market. We had dinner at this floating market. We then cycled to the train station and took a boat across the river and cycled back to Hotel.

The ancient city of Ayutthaya was the Thai capital for 417 years. Many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in a city that was founded in 1350 by King U - Thong when the Thais were forced southwards by northern neighbors. During the period of Ayutthaya being the Thai capital, 33 kings of different dynasties ruled the kingdom until it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767.

Wat Mahatat is located on the city island in the central part of Ayutthaya.

Wat Mahathat is typical of the Ayutthaya ruins: large crumbling stupas surrounded by low laterite walls and rows of headless Buddhas.

remains of the Royal Vihara
remains of the Royal Vihara
the restored towels
the restored towels

the restored towels

Kam Boon, Chew and Ms Tay with the friendly staff at the Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre located on Rochana Road. This centre is a national research institute devoted to the study of Ayutthaya, especially during the period when it was the capital of Thailand. The Centre is responsible for the museum of the history of Ayutthaya, which exhibits reconstructions from the past. The Centre also supports a cinema and a library containing historical materials about Ayutthaya.
the elephant ride round the temples

Wat Rachaburana is situated on the opposite to Wat Mahathat. It was built by King Boromracha II (Chao Samphraya) for his coronation ceremony at which he was crowned.
Wat Rachaburana central Prang is the large one with a cache containing many items of artifacts that are very valuable for historical and archaeological studies.

Wat Rachaburana was found that there are many rooms inside. One of those rooms decorated with red color mural and shaped up with gold leaf in different gestures relating different style of Buddha image like the walking Buddha, the Meditation etc.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet is the most outstanding monastery located in Grand Palace compound like Wat Phra Si Ratanasatsadaram (Wat Phra Kaeo) of Bangkok. Used as a residential palace, it became a monastery in the reign of King Ramathibodi I. 

When King Borom Trai Lokanat commanded new living quarters built, this residential palace was given to be a temple area, thus originating Wat Phra Si Sanphet : The royal chapel does not have any monks and novice inhabitants.

Wat Phra Mongkol Bophit - The Wihan is located next to the entrance to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet . It houses one of the largest and most important for the faithful Buddha statues in Thailand, the Phra Mongkol Bophit.

The huge bronze statue was probably under King Chairacha Thiraj cast in 1538 and originally stood at Wat Chichiang, in the eastern part of the city.
we cycled to the Ayothaya Floating market next to an elephant camp

this river runs around Ayutthaya make it an island
This one is Ayothaya Floating Market. It is conveniently next door to the Elephant Camp so you can do an elephant ride for 600 baht if you like before visiting the market.

you can easily spend a couple of hours at this floating market

other than shopping and eating, there are also regular shows during the day

there are plenty of stalls selling delicious food
there are shops with handicraft and souvenirs

very good sea-food dinner at this floating market

Day 20 (25.11.12) Ayutthaya - Bangkok by train

We took the 11.30am train from Ayutthaya to Bangkok arriving at 1.30pm. Checked in to our Saphai-Pae hostel dorm to have a good rest before walking to Wat Yannawa and later to Chatuchak Weekend Market.

Ayutthaya Railway Station
buying train ticket at Ayutthaya Railway Station

its a two hour cheapest train journey to Bangkok

am sharing a sit with a traveling monk

I entertained some school children with some country songs

arrived at Bangkok Train Station

another walked to the Sathon Pier

the Sathon Pier

Wat Yannawa is an old Bangkok temple built during the Ayutthaya period. It was originally called Wat Khok Kwai or buffalo stable. In the reign of King Rama I (1782 - 1809) the temple was designated a royal temple and renamed Wat Khok Krabue, which is still a stable for buffaloes though of a slightly different species.
The two chedis on deck represent the masts and the altar to the rear, the wheel house. Because of this, the locals call the temple “sampao chedi” or the Chinese junk with chedis.
The huge Chinese junk obscures the view of the bell tower and ubosot to the rear.
The office, library block, together with the main prayer and meeting hall

It’s a temple in Bangkok that’s rarely visited by foreign tourists even though it’s within walking distance from the Taksin Bridge skytrain station. Most of the sightseeing is done by local visitors.
at the jetty beside Wat Yannawa where the large numbers of fish in the river can be fed
at the Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chew Leng Soon enjoying some Chang beer on a hot day at the Chatuchak Weekend Market

Day 21 (26.11.12) Bangkok – Butterworth (train SP35) Dep:1445 hrs

To day is our last day in Thailand, so what we have to do best is take good rest in the hostel. At 12 noon we took the MRT to the train station for lunch and get on-board the train at 2pm for the departure at 2.30 for Butterworth.

Sleeping: night train to Butterworth

Day 22 (27.11.12) Butterworth Arr : 1.55pm

On this 22nd day of our travel we finally arrived home safely with fond memories of the journey throughout Thailand. However, as I arrived home, I was sad that another trip was over, relieved that I would now be able to rest my aching bum, and excited to be reunited with my family and friends.

As always, this road trip was another interesting thing I’ve done on my travels to date. I can’t even begin to describe just how amazing it was and the next few weeks will be filled with lots of stories, photos and adventures in Northern Thailand. 'Sawaddeekap'

Photographers in action

Ching Neng Bin
Chew Leng Soon
Lee Kam Boon
Bernard Lee

Ching Neng Bin
Lee Kam Boon and Ching Neng Bin
Ching Neng Bin
Lee Kam Boon and Ching Neng Bin
Ching Neng Bin

Chew Leng Soon and Ching Neng Bin



THB total

  per pax

19 Buffet breakfast at Tony's Place Bht150 p.p. 770 154

bicycle rental Bht40 p.p. 200 40

entrance to Mahathat Bht50 p.p. 250 50

entrance to Phra Ram Bht50 p.p. 250 50

fee: wat Phra SiSamphet/Mongkolbopit B50pp 250 50

drinks 150 30

lunch @ Elephant Village Floating Mkt 275 55

dinner @ Elephant Village Floating Mkt 1,050 210

ferry (B4 X 5) for adults+(B2 X 5) for bicycles 30 6

20 Buffet breakfast at Tony's Place 770 154

ferry crossing to Ayutthaya train station B4 X 5 20 4

train Ayutthaya to Hua Lamphong B15 X 5 75 15

MRT Hua Lamphong to Silom/Sala Daeng 90 18

BTS Silom/Sala Daeng to Surasak 100 20

Refund on bank closing @ Bht200 per pax 0 0

Donation 6 1

Room @ Saphaipae           400

Lunch @ Hua Lamphong Railway Station

BTS Surasak to Silom/Sala Daeng

MRT Silom/Sala Daeng to Jatujak

BTS Mo chit to Siam

Dinner @ Ban Khun Mae (opp. Novetel Hotel)

BTS Siam to Surasak

21 B/fast @ Saphaipae

BTS Surasak to Silom/Sala Daeng

MRT Silom/Sala Daeng to Hua Lamphong

Lunch @ Hua Lamphong Railway Station

Bread for dinner on board train

22 B/fast on board train

Lunch @ Butterworth bus station

VIP Bus Butterworth to Ipoh

Bus Ipoh to KL


incl Air ticket & personal expenses
THB 20,311


Day 1,2 @ Chiangmai
Day 3 @ Chiangmai – Thaton
Day 4 @ Thaton by River Boat to Chiangrai
Day 5 @ White Temple of Chiangrai

Day 6 @ Chiangrai - Mae Salong and Mae Fah Luang
Day 7 @ Chiangrai – Phu Chi Fa
Day 8 @ Phu Chi Fa – Phayao
Day 9,10 @ Phayao – Chiangmai - Mae Sariang
Day 11,12 @ Mae Sariang – Mae Sot
Day 13,14 @ Mae Sot - Bangkok
Day 15,16 @ Bangkok – Kanchanaburi - Sangkhlaburi
Day 17,18 @ Sangkhlaburi – Ayutthaya
Day 19-22 @ Ayutthaya - Bangkok – Butterworth


  1. Hi! Ching,

    Thank you so much for sharing, you make me wanting to go back to Thailand lo! Don't worry I am going to spend every 6 months in Asia when I retire....not too long from now. I can see Chew and gangs are having fun and great time too.

    Thank you and please don't delete my name from your list .....bye

    Suney ..Toronto

  2. 1. It's extraordinary to see head of Buddha embedded snugly within the tree trunk. Must be a grand old tree.
    2. The unique shape of the Chinese Junk temple " Sampao Chedi" stands clear evidence of the Chinese's arrival and existence in Bangkok in history.
    3. The restored temples of the ruins at Ayuthia with their sharp pointing tips and spiral body shape at the base look Burmese. Of course most still resembles the ruined temples of Angkor Wat - i.e. the Hindu styled ruins.
    4. Regarding the river that surrounds Ayuthia, thus making it an island. Wonder is it a water way like canals in Suzhou/Hangzhou/Shanghai? The water surface is calm and paints a picture of unhurried serenity unlike Bangkok's noisy, busy and traffic jammed floating market.
    5. Ha, guitarist on board the train to entertain! How nice. Looks like a borrowed guitar. It's good to stir up some scenes and to kill some time and boredom during the long hours while travelling.
    6. Yeah it's foodies'holiday to enjoy the seemingly delicious good sea-food dinner at the floating market. Sure you guys thoroughly enjoyed and deserved the sumptuous treat and very willing to pay for it.
    7. The sleeping berth of the train from BK to B'worth- I believe it's KTM coach, looks large and wide.(maybe photo-view presents it big)
    8. End of journey always marks a milestone in one's life that leaves ineradicable memory. There's always a feeling that somethings'not done, or some places not covered to visit yet, and some long lasting memories linger on etc. In the end, home is where one yearns to get back to where one belongs!
    9. For seasoned traveler/blogger Ching NB, he will heave a sigh when all details of his well documented travelogue with multitude of photos, are completed and posted. Thank NB, you've done it all so well.


  3. Ching,

    so exciting & nice !

    and was a great price ! :)



  4. Francis Chow16 February, 2013

    Thanks for sharing, really miss these kind of travel & sightseeing.

  5. Calvin Ho Ch'an Hin16 February, 2013

    Great pic, such a well planned trip, cheers!

  6. Philip Aloysius Chong16 February, 2013

    Ching, thanks for sharing your great holidays. Best Regards.

  7. Poon Voon Heong19 February, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing your interesting journey to Northern Thailand. Regards, Capt.Poon

  8. 'There is a 'TERM' for what you are doing:- call, 'bloody good life'!! You live 20yrs longer on top of what was karma 'ed' for.

  9. Ong Keng Ming21 February, 2013

    Thanks Ching, looked very good.
    Do you need very good legs to do the journey(backpacking) or everything
    taken care of?

  10. Hi Ching,
    As always, thanks for sharing. You sure are adventurous and a traveler. Simply beautiful!!! Keep it up.

  11. TEONG JIN LEE27 February, 2013

    Hi Ching, thanks for sharing, with great tips too.Hope you enjoyed and start preparing for another!!!

  12. Bravo!!! Wow what awesome people you and your team are!!!!

    Best regards