Amazing Ruins

Trip Start May 15, 2004
Trip End Aug 20, 2004

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Monday, July 12, 2004

I finally feel better and Brent is finished with his business, so we catch a train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam. Ayutthaya has hundreds of Buddhist temples and ruins. We find a place to stay, meet two interesting Belgian girls who were leaving for Chiang Mai, and go on a night temple tour because many of the old ruins are lit up at night giving it a different look than during the day. We stay at the PU House, which is nice but the owner loves to play grab-ass with the two of us! haha

The next day, we awoke and went on another tour of the temples, which were incredible. They were so well taken care of, some of the best-kept I've ever seen. We spent about 4 hours touring with a really nice guide who gave us lots of historical information about the temples and Buddhism. Then we just relaxed as we will take an overnight bus to Chiang Mai.
Around 9pm we hopped in a tuk-tuk and headed for the highway to catch our bus. Here I was thinking we were only going a few blocks to the bus station, so I just stand on the bumper and hold on to the roof and all of a sudden we're on the freaking highway! I'm holding on for dear life, and as I still have my giant backpack on, I cant get inside the tuk-tuk. Finally we stop and wait by the side of the highway for the bus, which will just pullover on the highway to let us on. So, the bus pulls up and we sprint across the highway feeder road and get into the already overcrowded bus for 10 hours of sleepless torture!
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