Sorry, U on wrong Train, this train go to Cambodia
Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
15Trip End Feb 15, 2010
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The day started out great, Johanna and I took a riverboat ferry to visit Wat Pho, one of my favorite temples in Bangkok, home to the famous Reclining Buddha. We headed to the train station to head up to Ayuthaya, an Ancient town about 1 1/2- 2 hours north of Bangkok. We were planning on spending the night there and then heading up to Chiang Mai on the overnight sleeper train. It was a great plan.
At the ticket counter we asked for tickets to Ayuthaya, which I cannot pronounce, ( this is important thing to know!) and showed the man behind the ticket counter exactly where I wanted to go, and used my handy Lonely Planet for reference. He handed us our tickets...only $1.50...what a deal
While the train was pulling up, we had a minute to buy a couple bags of chips, and some water ( crucial later in the story) and noticed that on our tickets it said that the 1:05 train would be arriving at 5:35...wow, thought it was shorter, maybe because this train is a local one, and the express is faster? Oh well, we got on our train quickly and fought for our seats, yeah two window!
The train ride was nice, pretty scenery out of the city, lots of locals, no chickens, hard plastic seats, and only one other westerner, think he was from Germany.
THREE hours later. Johanna, my brilliant little traveling partner, noticed the new fellow next to me had a shirt on with English writing, he worked at a bank. She told me to ask him how much longer to Ayuthaya....?
He said this train go to Aranya...What? you mean Ayuthaya...No this train go to Aranya, This train go to Cambodia.
Now, this said this town on our tickets...in many countries, the English name for a town, is different than there translation, so this is what we thought..and never questioned why a 1 1/2 hour train ride is now taking 41/2...
We jumped off the train in the middle of nowhere, right outside of the border of Cambodia, we had gotten on the wrong train, and now had to get back on the other direction and go back to Bangkok, and then still get on the right train to Ayuthaya.Thank God for that bag of chips.
We arrived in Ayuthaya 10 hours later from when we first arrived at the train station in Bangkok. Our sweet guest house owner was so worried about us! Most people arrive by 5 or 6! She laughed at our story....We are laughing about it already ourselves.