So Thailand, a last minute weekend trip and my husband’s first ID90 flight. On my past Bangkok layovers, I didnt really see anything touristy, my usual day would be shopping, food and massage. We decided to see places outside Bangkok this time.
First stop, Ayutthaya Historical Park. About 1 hr and 45 mins drive from Bangkok, Ayutthaya is Thailand’s old capital. We wanted this trip to be stress free so we decided to hire a driver. We booked one from Taxi For Tours , it was 2,800 BHT (about 82 USD) for the day and covered all the area we’d like to see. Id advise you start the day early if you want to see the whole park, its kind of scattered around so you have to drive a bit from each place.
The package includes the following:
The Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, Wat Phanan Choeng, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Phra Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Na Phramen, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Wat Mahathat (A Buddha head in the tree), Shopping at Ayothaya Floating Market
**This price includes Toyota Innova car, fuel, toll, parking fee, speaking English driver (basic level)
**Admission fees EXCLUDED
The major temples charges 20-50 BHT (about 1-2 USD) entrance fee by the way so dont be surprised. Another thing would be the dress code, although some tourists were wearing shorts and sleeveless tops, Id suggest wear a loose cotton bottom as respect before going in to the temple. I was wearing a sleeveless top myself but i covered my arms when necessary.
After a long day, from the flight to this beauty, we headed back to Bangkok, and of course at this stage I think treating ourselves to an authentic Thai beer and food is in order!
So Tom Yum with Coconut Milk, Pad Krapao ( Minced Chicken with Basil), and Pineapple Rice 😘👍🏼
The next day we booked with the same taxi company to take us on our next stop. With a very early start, we drove 2 hours to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, south west of Bangkok.
We arrived just before the marlet got busy so I think its perfect timing. We hired a private boat to take us around for 1500 BHT (44 USD)each, its a covered boat so if you hate the sun bettert this one, but for getting better pictures, an open boat is so much better so we spoke to our boatman’s friend to have a quick ride as well on the open boat.
We bought a couple of souvenirs and Brian got his mangoes and beer. 😅
Next in our ur list is the Muang Sing Elephant Village in Kinchanaburi, another hour and a half drive.
The entrace fee to this village varies depending on what you would like to do, walk to a bit of a jungle while the elephant collect their treat for the afternoon, bathing the elephants and walking in the river. We paid 1,800 BHT (43 USD) each to do all of these, it was fun and well worth it!
Our next and final stop before we head back to Bangkok, is the River Kwai Bridge, this actually Brian’s fave part of the trip, bit of a history on how prisoners of war built the River Kwai Bridge and railway.
After this tour and before driving back, we also enjoyed a bit of street food! 😊
After a very long day, finally made it back to Bangkok. But its not over yet and the night is still young. Brian took me to Lebua Hotel, sounds familiar? Its the hotel where The Hangover 2 was filmed, well basically the Skybar which we visited as well after dinner.