Day 01: BANGKOK – UTHAI (L)
Early morning, get pick-up from your Bangkok hotel and get to the train station. Board the local train to Bang Pa In. Nicely on the river is the former summer palace, an eclectic collection of royal homes in a manicured park. On the way, you will arrive at the former royal capital of Ayutthaya, where Unesco declared the ruins of temples and surrounding structures a world heritage site. Wat Chai Wattanaram is particularly beautiful and was built in the same style as the famous temples in Angkor, Cambodia. Your guide transforms the ruins into their former glory while explaining what happened when the Burmese army sacked and destroyed the place, taking away all the gold once covering the temples to Burma. We continue to get deeper into the central plain, filled with sugar cane or corn depending on the season. Trucks are piled up high and workers ride on top of them. Make sure to ask for a stop and taste a refreshing freshly pressed sugar cane juice. Arrive in Uthai Thani, a friendly place not much frequented by foreign tourists. A stroll on the night market might tempt you to try a local specialty.