Day 4 in Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Pingpong Show

27 Mar

Our fourth day in Bangkok was dedicated to exploring the Northern part of the city. We were excited to see the beautiful temples of Ayutthaya.

To get there, we took a Tuk-tuk to the Bangkok Railway Station or the Hua LumpongWe immediately went to the ticket counter to buy our tickets. It cost Thb 20 per person, which was the price for the economy class in the train. We wanted to save money as much as we could, so we didn’t pick the more expensive rides to our destination.

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The ride was long. It took about 13 stops before we finally got to Ayutthaya. I think the trip wasn’t really bad considering the price that we paid for our tickets. The seats were comfortable, a bit cramped though, but all in all, it was highly-tolerable.

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There were a lot of other tourists that also went down on the same station as us. For this reason, it wasn’t very difficult for us to identify the right stop. Unlike other tourist-frequent destinations like Hongkong and Singapore, the train we were riding in didn’t have a voice-over that would guide the passengers where to go down. You really have to pay attention to the names of the train stations to know where you are.

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When you go out of the train station, you’ll find a shop where you can rent bicycles and motor bikes that you can use to tour around the different temples in Ayutthaya. We decided to rent bicycles to heighten our experience. We paid Thb 40 each (bike rental rate for the whole day). I think their motor bikes were at Thb 120 and you have to make sure that the gas tank is full when you return it to the shop. All rentals had to be returned by 6pm.

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The shop owners were really friendly and helpful. They gave us a map of the temples and sold us hats as well to protect us from the scorching heat. They were also fluent in English, which really helped a lot.

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Let me just share with you my biking experience that day. The whole time, I thought Ayutthaya was a complete country scene. I found out how wrong I was. They had these huge highways that you’d have to cross to get to the temples. It was very hard for me since I never experienced biking on a highway before. I was scared of the rushing traffic and I really had trouble crossing from one side to other. I almost even got ran over by a car when I tried crossing a small road. Luckily, my boyfriend was patient enough to help me and assist me as I braved through my fear in finishing our exploration. Nonetheless, it made my Ayutthaya-experience even more memorable.

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Our first stop was at Wat Maha That.

..located to the east of the grand palace. It is the royal temple and most sacred in Ayutthaya during the glorious time. Buddha relics were enshrined in the Mahathat Chedi (the principal pagoda). This monastery was once the residence of the Supreme Patriarch.”

“This monastery was destroyed and had been burnt in the last war between Ayutthaya and Burma in AD 1767. It was left in ruins”

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For me, it was the most beautiful among all the temples I’ve ever visited during my visit in Bangkok. The ruins had a melancholy beauty that made you appreciate how grand and majestic the temple really is even at it’s ruined state.

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There was only little information that I was able to gather during our visit. There were guided audio stories that you had to pay for inside, but we didn’t pay for it anymore. We just explored the place on our own and imagined the story that the cobblestones represent. The place was huge and you had to pay Thb 50 for the entrance fee. It reminded us a lot of the Temple Run game.

 

Our 2nd stop, which was really brief, was at Wat Thammikarat.

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We were supposed to visit two other temples but the group decided that two were enough for the day. The other two temples were another 2kms away and we felt like we didn’t have enough energy to bike that far. We all went back, washed our faces to refresh ourselves, and had a few drinks of cold coffee shakes before we got on the next train back to Bangkok city.

Before we retired for the night, we got ourselves ready for another exciting adventure and “only-in-Bangkok” experience — The Ping-pong Show. If in case this is the first time you’ve ever heard of this show, then you should understand that this is an amazing performance of women who have unique talents in controlling their reproductive muscles, which allows them to let their vagina write, shoot balls, and etc. We contacted our favorite tuk-tuk driver to take us to his favorite Ping-pong Show club in Patpong. Luckily, our driver was tasteful and he brought us to an exclusive club that was a bit far from the ordinary clubs littered all around the sidewalks of Patpong.

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The club we went to didn’t have a name. I was a bit nervous at first because this was the only place in the street that wasn’t congested by a lot of people. There were just a few uniformed drivers lounging by outside the entrance. As soon as we went inside the door, we were ushered to the front desk and were asked to pay Thb 700 per person. We were were warned that photography and mobile phones were absolutely prohibited inside the show room.

I could not begin to describe to you what I saw in that little dark room that night. The women who demonstrated their talents were really amazing. There were a total of 14 different acts. After all the acts finish, they would do it all over again from the top. You could actually watch the whole thing over and over again. However, we chose to leave after we made sure that we’ve seen all the acts. The women were undoubtedly talented and professionals. They were clean and tidy about their performances as well. The crowd were respectful and never did I hear anyone make fun of the girls performing. I could never fully describe how it felt watching them do their acts. It was haunting, scary but really impressive.

What a perfect day to fill our last one here in Thailand! After all, you’ve never truly been to Bangkok if you haven’t relived at least one scene from Hangover. 😀

 

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