After an extremely hot and uncomfortable but otherwise uneventful train journey from Phitsanalok we have made it to Ayutthaya. If you can, it is well worth buying a second class ticket on the train as the third class seats are very uncomfortable as we experienced (and you're lucky if you get a seat).
Ayutthaya is another place famous for its ruins. They are not as immediately impressive as Sukothai but the fallen head of a Buddha statue surrounded by the roots of a tree is very engaging. Many of the Buddha statues' heads have fallen off long ago and this gives the place a somewhat grim feel conjuring up images of some sort of massacre. Well it does to me anyway.
Many people make this a day trip from Bangkok and this is probably a good idea, although we are staying at the very comfortable Suan Luang guest house for a reasonable 8 pounds a night.