The full moon party last Monday was really crazy. I am not sure if there were 10.000 people in Hat Rin town and on the beach, but it must have been something like it. The atmosphere was really good, with lots of drunk Commonwealth citizens, as expected. Bet and I did not make it into the morning though, as we would have a long trip ahead of us the next day.
On Monday we got on the ferry back to the mainland, with lots of other hangover travellers, no surprise there. The night train to Bangkok was quite okay, although another traveller rated it as half the quality compared to the train to Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand. That seems to become a common theme: all the other travellers I meet have already been in Chiang Mai, and I am not even going there. Well, this was not intended as a trip that would include all the sights though, less than two weeks is way too short for all of Thailand. I am pretty sure I will visit this country again somewhere in the future. It is cheap, there are lots of things to see (nature as well as ancient sites), the people are friendly, the food is just great, some beaches are just like paradise, and it is always warm (although the last point also has its disadvantages).
On Tuesday morning we arrived in Bangkok, where we did not even leave the train station and boarded a train to Ayuthaya. This should have taken less than two hours, but it did take a bit longer for us. Because the station was signposted pretty badly, we had to take a train back from the next station. When we finally arrived at the hostel in Ayuthaya we had been travelling for almost 24 hours. So we rested a bit, before biking around the city to see all the ancient temples. Ayuthaya has been the capital of Thailand hundreds of years ago, and there are quite some ruins remaining of that period.
Since we did not manage to see all the main sites in one afternoon, we woke up early this morning to bike around the city a bit more and take in the sights. I really made a lot of photos here, which I will try to upload from Australia. I am betting I will not have the time nor the opportunity to do that in Bangkok, where we are going now.