Ruins and cheap nice hostels
Trip Start Mar 11, 2006
14Trip End Apr 18, 2006
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We are in Ayatthaya now, 76kms up and west from Bangkok. We caught a mini-bus here which was a bit of a mix up and that made us grumpy - but we got here in the end. Have checked into a hostel for the day so we can drop our bags and have a sleep later before the train. Have been buzzing around the town on a scooter and got lost a few times but had fun. We looked around a few old temples and related ruins. This used to be a capital city and has lots of royal ruins from the period around 1400. The Burmese came in and looted and destroyed the Thai temples when they took over at some stage, which is why all that's left is ruins. The Thai peopl erelocateed their capitol to Bangkok when the regained control of the area. We were meant to put petrol in the scooter but couldn't find a service station. We're going to grab some groceries for our train journey next and then we have a wat (temple) tour for a few hours through the hostel
The tour that we had organised through the Hostel was a boat tour, and as often happens in Thailand, was not quite what we expected! A tuk tuk that belonged to the hostel dropped us at the pier and a few minutes later a lady turned up in a longboat, our tourboat. There was no commentary but she did drop us off at 2 riverside wats for 20 minutes each for us to have a wander about. We declined to stop at the 3rd Wat.
What we did enjoy was the wildlife and the people. Our tour started at 4pm, and that must be bathing time because whole families were bathing and swimming together at the sides of the river. They all smile and wave as we float by! The river is not that clean, and I wouldn't be bathing in it. Freaked out slightly to even be splashed a little! About 50 meters away from one of the bathing families I saw what I thought was a large swimming snake of some kind, but the "tour" lady said it was an ANACONDA! Cool aye? Also we saw these 1-1.5m long lizard things that are a bit like comodo dragons, dunno what they are but they hang out by the river beside bathing children also.
Then there was the train...