From Bangkok we headed up north for something more than an hour and arrived to Ayuthaya, one of the former capitals of the ancient Thai Kingdom. The city itself has not much to offer, although some good guesthouses, bars and street markets together with the ruins of the old city (not many in quality but widespread) make it a “must” for people staying in Bangkok. We spent one and a half days there and it was our first contact with old Thai architecture, Thai rented bicycles and Thai rainy weather. Yes, it rained quite a lot. So much that we think now that the monsoon season, which should start in Thailand by the end of May or the beginning of June, has gone ahead this year. F**ck!!
From here we took another train to Phitsanulok (this time a six hours journey), surrounded by Thai families with kids and babies, by monks and by army rangers, again in a 3rd class carriage. This is the best way to travel around in a foreign country and we really love it, although it is not as comfortable as a VIP bus service… Once in Phitsanulok we spent the first moments wandering around a street market and trying different delikatessen from the food stalls before leaving our backpacks in the most beautiful guest house we found, the London Hotel, and walking along the river to the night market and the food market again.
At the end, our room in the hotel wasn’t that good since we could hear everyone’s shower in the common bathroom beside us and we ended up waking up earlier than planned (at 7 am!!) and therefore sleeping little, otherwise we would have started up the day one or two hours later. Anyway, after a good refreshing shower and a full pineapple for breakfast, we did another one and a half hour bus ride to Sukhothai (this time air-co because there was no other choice at that time) where we first looked for a guest house and then later started to explore the ruins of the ancient city, these ones much more interesting and well kept than the ones in Ayutthaya. Highly reccomendable!!