Bangkok to Ayutthaya
Guests who travel on Mekhala’s downstream cruise (Ayutthaya to Bangkok) will board our boat at the pier near Bang Pa In palace in Ayutthaya province. There are two choices for public transportation, either by road or train, to get to the pier from Bangkok.
By Road: Ayutthaya is only 80 kilometers from Bangkok. It is, thus, easy to catch a bus from the capital’s North and Northeastern Bus Terminal, also known as Morchit (สถานีขนส่งหมดชิตใหม่). It is best to take a taxi to this bus terminal. When you get there, buy a bus ticket to Bang Pa In (สถานีขนส่งบางปะอิน), which is one of the districts of Ayutthaya province. The fare costs about 60 or 70 Baht and the ride is about one hour. Alternatively, if you do not travel with big suitcases, you can take an air-conditioning van to Bang Pa In from here too. It costs about the same as the public bus.
When you arrive at Bang Pa In bus terminal, you can take a Tuk Tuk (รถตุ๊กตุ๊ก) to the Bang Pa In Palace (พระราชวังบางปะอิน) or our crew will pick you up. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes to the palace and costs no more than 30 Baht. It is worth visiting this palace if you get there 1 or 2 hours before departure time (2 pm).
Our pier is located at the back of a parking lot of the Bang Pa In Palace (ที่จอดรถพระราชวังบางปะอิน), a two-minute walk from the palace.
By Train: Train travel is an ideal way to discover Thai’s way of life in an authentic way. Start from Bangkok’s Central Railway Station (accessible through a subway station of Hua Lamphong), you will take a third class train to Bang Pa In railway station (สถานีรถไฟบางปะอิน). We suggest you take the morning train that leaves Bangkok around 8 or 9 a.m. The train ride lasts about 1 hour. The fair is only 15 Baht.
The important thing about train travel in Thailand is to get off at the right station. So we suggest you keep checking the train stations where the train stops. When the train reaches Klong Phutsa station (สถานีรถไฟคลองพุทรา), that means the next stop is Bang Pa In station, where you will get off. From Bang Pa In station, you can hire a local pick-up truck bus or a motor bike to Bang Pa In palace. It should cost you between 50 to 80 Baht.
Look for a parking lot of the Bang Pa In Palace, where the Mekhala boat pier is located. Alternatively, our crew can pick you up from Bang-Pa-In train station.
Boat piers opposite Bang Pa In Palace, where the Mekhala boat picks up and drops off guests
Ayutthaya to Bangkok
Guests who take our upstream cruise from Bangkok to Ayutthaya will disembark at Bang Pa In pier, near the Bang Pa In Palace. From there, they can return to Bangkok by road or train.
By Road: From the Bang Pa In palace, you can hire a local pick-up truck taxi (รถสองแถว) or a motor tricycle taxi (รถสามล้อเครื่อง) to Bang Pa In bus terminal (สถานีขนส่งบางปะอิน). Our crew can drop you off at the Bang-Pa-In train station or the bus terminal.
From here you can buy a bus ticket (60 – 70 Baht/person) to Morchit bus terminal in Bangkok or take an air-conditioning van to Morchit BTS sky train station (สถานีรถไฟฟ้าหมอชิต) or Victory Monument BTS sky train station (สถานีรถไฟฟ้าอนุเสาวรีย์ชัยสมรภูมิ) in Bangkok. The fare for this van is between 60 – 80 Baht/person. It should take you about 1 hour to get to Bangkok.
By Train: From the Bang Pa In palace, you can hire a local pick-up truck taxi (รถสองแถว) or a motor tricycle taxi (รถสามล้อเครื่อง) to Bang Pa In train station, which is only a 10 minute ride from the palace. The ride will probably cost you around 20 or 40 Baht. Our Mekhala crew can also drop you off at the Bang-Pa-In train station or the bus terminal.
When you arrive at the train station, you can buy the ticket for the next train to Bangkok. We suggest you get off the train at either Bang Sue station (สถานีรถไฟบางซื่อ) or Hua Lamphong station (สถานีรถไฟหัวลำโพง). Both train stations are connected to MRT subway stations (Hua Lamphong and Bang Sue). You can find more information about the MRT on its website or check out their route here.
Note: You can print out this page to guide you during the trip.