Bangkok To Ayutthaya By Motorbike

Riding a motorbike in Thailand is dangerous business, but it is an interesting way to get to the city of Ayutthaya, just a few (billion) kilometers north of Bangkok. We did it. It wasn’t smart.

Just a scootch north of Bangkok is Ayutthaya, one of the capitals of Siam prior to Bangkok’s founding. The short history is that this UNESCO World Heritage site was sacked by the Burmese in the 18th century, and it’s on the “must see” list for those who want to get out of Bangkok for a day or two.

So last weekend, we rented a motorbike (from hell) and made the easy drive. Trouble is… it wasn’t easy. 50 kilometers? Try a hundred or so. Good roads? No, not really. Lights on the bike for a safe trip back to Bangkok? Not even close.

The good news is that we survived the trip. And while we had a fine time, we each had different takeaways from the trip, ranging from “meh” to something a little worse than that. Don’t get me wrong, we saw interesting things. And on this show, we talk about those things, and what it means to the two of us.

The whole reason we went was to get postcards, which are quite late for the month of November. Spoiler: We were not successful. However, we did come up with a solid Plan B which has ties to the ancient (?) city of Ayutthaya. Want one? Sign up today and we’ll include you in this month’s postcard send.

Music for our show is graciously provided by the fantastic band Velella Velella. They make killer tunes, and you should buy all of their stuff. It’s fabulous!

And for all the pics we shared from the many places we've we’ve traveled, check out our suddenly-active Instagram account. Cheers!


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