The train arrived, and I said goodbye to the city as quickly as I said hello.

What brought me to this city? I realize I have few memories of it. After seeing countless temples, my brain turned passive and ignored details. Ayutthaya is a lovely place if only I’d paid more attention to it.

To explore the city, you can either rent a bike or hire a tuk-tuk, which is more expensive if you’re traveling alone. I attempted to get on a bike, but my lack of experience betrayed me. I ended up walking around the city under the scorching heat.

Hours later, I met a man driving a tuk-tuk who offered to take me to the temples. My budget was tight, so I negotiated the price until we came to an agreement.

He told me he used to work in Singapore as a driver but missed Thailand so much that he decided to come home. The intolerable heat made it difficult to focus on our conversation, so I only remember pieces of it.

Temple ruins
Man swimming in lake temple ornaments tree with a hole in its trunk
brick path
night market vendor preparing food

There weren’t a lot of things to do at night. The house I stayed was two minutes from one of the famous evening markets in Ayutthaya. The smell of fried fish and spices filled the air. I bounced from one stall to the next, nibbling on bite-sized food until I was satisfied.

fish vendor
night market stalls night market stalls
waiting for the boat to take us to the other side
brick temple
buddhist carving in tree
giant buddha giant buddha and staff cleaning it
lining up for the blessings
kid playing while parents pray
temple buildings temple buildings
my airbnb deck
waiting for the train
train station train station
train arriving kid peeking outside from train window

When it was time to go, the owner of the house drove me to the train station. She didn’t ask me money for the ride. Everyone I encountered in Thailand seemed nice: they smiled a lot, were curious, and always wanted to help when needed.

The train arrived, and I said goodbye to the city as quickly as I said hello.

train arriving