28. Ayutthaya

Riding out of Bangkok was not as bad as I had expected it to be, but it still was an agonizing ordeal. I tried to ride through the Bangkok neighbourhoods as much as I possibly could, but I always got back on the freeway no matter how hard I tried and when there are three levels of road on top of each other the GPS is kind of hard to read. It is quite an experience to cycle on an elevated freeway 20 meters above the city! Nevertheless, I survived the worst part and soon I was riding on a “normal” but busy highway en route to Ayutthaya were I was going to rendezvous with Rob and Dan once again.

It is no longer lack of strength, but time until the sun sets, that limits how long I can go in a day. Despite that it was a nice surprise when I realized that the distance is 90 km, not the 120 I somehow had my mind set on, especially since the road was boring with a lot of traffic. I guess traffic is unavoidable around Bangkok.

At my second anniversary, the 2000 kilometre mark, I had a break and talked for a while with two road construction workers. They couldn’t speak a word of English but with the help of a pen and their porno magazine we were able to communicate quite well. He asked if I wanted a Pepsi and when I nodded he got onto his scooter, drove away and bought one for me.

Riding into Ayutthaya was a pleasure. It is a beautiful city build around the ruins of dozens of magnificent wats, and has canals and parks all over the place. For the first time I am seeing a lot of other tourists cycling around, but I am guessing they rented their bikes in the town and did not ride them from Singapore.

I called Rob who asked where I was and I replied that I was at their hostel having a beer. They came out of their room and joined me. We talked for a while, I showered and changed, and then we rode out to one of the ruins to watch the sunset. It was the closest I’ve ever got to a religious experience. Or maybe it was just the beers talking to me once again.

We had dinner at a restaurant which was showing a bad bootleg copy of the Avatar movie, but there were not many people around so we moved on and ended up at a crowded bar filled with both expats and local people. People started laughing when I said I was from Sweden and I couldn’t understand why. No other Swedes were around to make it a coincidence, but it turned out that more than a few of the people had at some point been working in Sweden or Denmark or were married to a Scandinavian woman. But in what way that is hilarious, I don’t know.


93 km from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.
15 km riding around in Ayutthaya.
Total: 2058 km.

Construction work at the 2000 km mark.

Arrived in Ayutthaya.

Meeting up with Rob and Dan and once again beer is involved.

Rob upstairs.


Rob is thinking about life, universe and everything.

Sunset and ruins.

Same sunset, same ruins.

Main street at night.

Main street during the day.

Asking cops for directions.

Riding out of Ayutthaya.


  1. Great photos once again!! What an incredible experience watching the sunset among the ruins. Great to hear that you've got company for a while now. More fun too I guess... Hope you'll like Chang Mai. I thought the markets were great, elephants are not that comfortable to ride on, but staying the night with locals having their spicy Thai food couldn't be any better.

    Take care & Keep up the good riding!
    Love from syster o Adam

  2. Underbart att följa din resa.Kommer du nånsin att sätta dig på en cykel här hemma?
    Ska du uppåt i Thailand så kanske du passerar Lampang.Där brukar vi vara hos min sambos mamma.Ligger ungefär 10 mil från Chiang Mai.
    Ha det bra.

  3. Fredde: Joda, jag passerar Lampang. Ska till elefantreservatet.


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