I visited ayutthaya with my husband last Dec 27. Our hotel is in Bangkok and we did not have any idea how to get there. The tour did not include hotel transfers so we just searched the net and boarded the train from Hua Lamphong station. We queued at the counter and asked for tickets to ayutthaya. They gave us tickets with no seat numbers, luckily, the seats we occupied was not yet assigned to anyone until it was one station away from ayutthaya (30 mins from the station so we ended up standing for 30 mins). Our tickets costed 20 thai baht each. We left Bangkok at 6:40 am and ticket states that we will arrive at 8:45 am at ayutthaya but we arrived at 9:10am. Our activity would be starting at 9:30 am so we had to rush to the travel agency upon alighting. The tuktuk ride costed 100THB.
We arrived at the agency at exactly 9:30. It was quite near the station. We were supposed to be 8 all in all but it turned out the 6 other people were also late. Apple, our guide, decided to proceed with the tour with only me and my husband. The rest will pick up on the tour where we are. Apple briefed us well on our route and all the hand signals. She was very friendly and can speak and understand english well.
The temperature in Ayutthaya was cold when we visited. I was expecting that it would be hot but it was very windy and it seems like I never broke a sweat at all throughout the biking tour literally.
The bikes provided to us were just the right size for our height. There was water with the bikes and they also provided drinks in one of our stops. The guide is also very informative. We discovered a lot about Thailand all throughout the trip because of her. She also helped us take our photos and is brave enough to tell allbthe other people to move aside so she can take good photos of us. The rice barge experience was also nice. The food is great! They served very good Thai food. After tge rice barge, they took us for our Thai massage. It was for 2 hours. The massage was both good and painful. Don't hesitate to tell the person if the massage is already hurting you or you will end up like me. My whole body ached the next morning bec of the massage.
After the massage, someone picked us up from the massage place to the mini vans to Bangkok.
Overall, I would recommend this trip to everyone. But during summer time, like March to May, you may opt for the afternoon trip instead as it may get very hot. You might also want to consider hiring your hotel transfer in order for you to save time and avoid all the stress.
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