Saturday, March 13, 2010

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Taking a day trip from the bustling city of Bangkok was well worth our time. We hopped aboard a third class train costing us about $0.30 each. It was a sweaty hour till our stop. The train was busy. Along the way we met another couple from France. It is fun to swap stories of adventures along the way.

Waiting for to board the train prior to departure.

The conductor peeking down the line.

In Ayutthaya, Chelsie and I passed up the elephant rides, but rented bikes from the tourism office. It was a very toasty day to be peddling around the ruins of the old city, but we were determined to make the best of it.

Ayutthaya was the Siamese capital city from 1351 to 1767. It was invaded and partly demolished by the Burmese during the 18th century. Many of the temples have resemblances of the famous Angkor Wat which we will see when we go to Cambodia.

When invaded, the Burmese defaced all off the Buddhas breaking the heads off or chiseling the faces away. It was sad to see the art history destroyed in this way, but at the same time, it was a real part of the history. Some temple parts had been restored and were nice, but they didn't have the same presence of an ancient past.

Upon visiting one old temple, we were the only ones there. It was quiet other than the cicadas buzzing. Chelsie and I found a wall in the shade to sit upon and we enjoyed our picnic lunch while contemplating the once great surroundings.

We explored the ruins all afternoon.

We took the train back to Bangkok after checking our bikes back in at the tourist center. Both of us were pretty hot and sticky, but were very happy to find that the Bangkok station had showers available. We got freshened up and and had a tasty dinner at Hong Kong Noodle.

That evening we boarded a double decker overnight bus to the Chumphon Ferry dock where we would catch the boat to Ko Tao.


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