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Ayutthaya: Venice of the East (1 Good)

BANGKOK TO CHIANG RAI, THAILAND: WEEKS 14 - 17 DECEMBER/ JANUARY, HOT IN THE SHADE AROUND 29 DEGREES

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Our trip to Ayutthaya was to escape Bangkok after an unsuccessful attempt at booking sleeper train tickets to Chiang Mai up north. Due to the Christmas holiday period, all the trains were booked solid so we jumped on a third class train for the three hours to Ayutthaya.

Bangkok Main Railway Station, waiting for the 3rd class train to Ayutthaya

Bangkok Main Railway Station, waiting for the 3rd class train to Ayutthaya


3rd Class Train to Ayutthaya

3rd Class Train to Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya was once the centre of the universe for the Thai people as it was the home of the King and the Thai capital for 417 years. Some 33 kings of five dynasties have ruled the kingdom from here. It losts its shine after the Burmese sacked the city in 1767, leaving behind the ruins of many wats, palaces and a network of waterways and bridges.
Wat Phra Si Sanphet 6

Wat Phra Si Sanphet 6

The great thing about Ayutthaya is that the surrounding wats and the Grand Palace compound are all accessible by bike, although following Thomas on his bicycle was fairly hair raising on main roads, junctions and at a roundabout. He managed to veer off and crash on a regular basis, but luckily always into the kerb or off down a bank. Thankfully there were paths to cycle on within the compounds and the odd elephant to overtake!
Cycling from wat to wat, Ayutthaya

Cycling from wat to wat, Ayutthaya

The only downside to Ayutthaya was the pack of stray dogs roaming around at night. Extremely aggressive, we were always on our guard when the barking started on our way back to our lodge.

After visiting every wat imaginable over two full days of cycling, we had to regroup as all the buses and trains were still full to go further north, so we returned to Bangkok to try and find another way.
Reclining Buddha

Reclining Buddha


Wat Lokayasutharam

Wat Lokayasutharam

Wat Chaiwatthanaram 6

Wat Chaiwatthanaram 6

Grilled Pork, Street Food, Ayutthaya

Grilled Pork, Street Food, Ayutthaya

Posted by edandsuet 00:31 Archived in Thailand

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