Ayutthaya - Ancient Capital of Ruins

Trip Start Jun 10, 2009
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Trip End Jun 15, 2009


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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Coming from Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya took us about 2 hours. It was a pleasant trip, watching the sunset along the paddy fields, town after town, learning a few words of Thai from Charlie, always made us laugh with all the tongue twisted words that I found it quite interesting to say. We reached the hotel in the evening, having rested about 2 hours until Charlie's friend, Bear, to pick us up for dinner. We had dinner at the riverbank, kind of an esplanade but not too grand about it, with all the stalls of eateries, cheap basic essentials, clothing, salons and massage parlors. What got me turn off were the bloody stuffed sausages on the grill and spicy deep fried insects on display.

The next morning we had breakfast by the patio on the riverbank of the hotel. Took some pictures of the barges that passed by us. After breakfast we walked to a nearby temple, nothing much to see, so we walked to the other end, where we saw the railway station. Taxis or tut tut, awaiting passengers from the train. We walked across to the small market, we saw few vendors, mostly food vendors, flower vendors and vegetable vendors. At the end of the lane, we met an English backpacker, waiting for the river taxi. We chat awhile, of course, gave some tips on Kanchanaburi.

Bear met us at the hotel, brought us to so many interesting places that day, starting at 10am until 5pm. We never knew there were so many temples of old and new in the city.

We visited 10 temples that day. Namely: 1) Wat Phanan Choeng, 2) Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol, 3) Wat Si Sanphet, 4) Wat Mahathat, 5) Wat Ratburana, 6) Wat Lokaya Sutha, 7) Wat Naphrameru, 8) Wat Phutthaisawan, 9) Wat Kudi Dao, 10) Chai Wattanaram. These are the famous temples in Ayutthaya. Some recognised as World’s Heritage sites. Each built in different era. Ayutthaya empire glorious moments span from 1350-1767. In history, The Burmese had many times invaded Ayutthaya, destroyed the city and the temples, robbing off most artifacts, in particular looking for gold. Buddha’s head and arms decapitated off. A sight of shame and sorrow swelled in my heart.

The Thai Tourism Board made sure all sites are in good condition and clean. Thais never fail to give their best smiles, they always render their help in anyway they can. I got free ride all day long; my friends paid entrance tickets because they do not want me to say a word of English at the counters. Pretending to be a Thai with sore throat, stayed 20-30 feet away, looking to the other direction. Double standard it seems. When we came out from the sites, we spoke English and gave out laughter so loud to show how naughty we were that day.

Sssshhhh…not so loud (chuckle….)

And head on to Bangkok.
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