Temples, Dogs and Strange Men
Trip Start May 13, 2007
10Trip End Jul 26, 2007
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Yesterday when I arrived I was pretty knckered, so I had a nap, then a walk round town, but there wasn't really much time to see the ruins, as it was nearly closing time
However, as soon as I stepped out of the guesthouse I realised I had forgotten about the chaotic roads here and the fact that I haven't been on a bike for about 10 years and never passed my cycling proficiency test! With all the traffic zooming past me, suddenley my bike idea didn't seem like such a good one! It was bad enough trying to cross the roads on foot, nevermind negociate them on a bike! However, once I got used to it, it was actually ok, I just kept really close to the kerb, the only scary bits came at crossroads, but I'm still here to tell the tale!
So, now I had my bike, all I had to do was find the ruins I wanted to visit. At first I didn't do too badly, I found the first temple with no problems. It was absolutely breathtaking. All these ancient Buddha figures (most of them without heads!) scattered amongst temple walls and pillars, with trees growing in between them. And almost 1000 years old too. There was even a Buddha head that a tree trunk had grown around.
From there, I rode to another temple, which was up a dirt track road. It didn't seem to have any other people visiting it. I soon discovered why. I left my bike and tried to go into the temple and a pack of 6 dogs came running out at me barking and baring their teeth. The first thought that flashed through my mind was, "Oh my God, I'm going to get Rabies!" Luckily (or so I thought) a woman came out and started shouting at the dogs, so most of them ran back, but one kept following me no matter where I went, still barking at me
Well, after that little incident, I visited a few more ruins then decided to try to find the post office to send my post cards. It was at this point that my luck entirely ran out. I got horribly lost and ended up riding round in circles for quite a while. Many of you will know my sense of direction is bad at the best of times, but when every road looks the same its even worse! I eventually managed to find the post office, but managed to get quite sunburnt in the process, despite the fact I was wearing factor 20 that was supposed to last all day
I'm catching a train to Khao Yai National Park tomorrow, supposed to be one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. I'm hoping to see some wild elephants and maybe even a tiger, although hopefully not too close-up
You can see all the photos from Ayuthaya at: www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=22605&l=35427&id=559965371
Hope you're all well,
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