It’s a hard thing being an Indian, really. We’re a really cheap bunch of people. It’s even harder if that Indian is me. Now, if you know me, you’d know that I spend money on the most frivolous things you can find. What you probably don’t know, is that I will try and save money in places nobody in their right mind should even try. Read on…
So, my Thailand plans take me northward tomorrow to the old capital city of Thailand, Ayutthaya. There’s a plethora of travel options to Ayutthaya from Bangkok – each taking around 2-3 hours. But I need comfort, and Wiki says the train has the best scenery, so I will take the train.
Not wanting to stress about having a ticket (I had to get slightly less comfortable seats for my train from Pak Chong to Bangkok due to unavailability), I decided to walk to the Hua Lampong train station in Bangkok to get my ticket in advance. You read that right: walk. I decided to walk for an hour in the 35 degree centigrade plus (my weather app says it feels like 40) humid weather of Bangkok. A taxi would have cost me no more than a 100 Baht. But hey, it would be an adventure, and more money for beer?
I begin my journey, and I planned on hitting a cafe after getting my ticket, so I also carried my computer. Big mistake. About half way through my walk, I was reminded of the fact that we’re still very much in the celebratory period of Songkran. I was splashed. Twice. Yelling in English that you have a laptop on you does not work with the Thai. They simply do not care… or understand.
Now drenched, but resilient, I continue walking. After what felt like years, I finally made it to the station – my tee shirt now a equal parts sweat and Songkran water. I personally think it made a really cool design. Pushed my way to the counter (not really, I stood in line), and asked the gentleman at the counter for a ticket to Ayutthaya on April 16. He tells me tickets to Ayutthaya are only sold on the day of travel.