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Published: February 7th 2008
Jumpei and me in front of the Buddha head embedded in twisted tree roots
Yesterday, I went by myself to Ayutthaya...
Ayutthaya was one of the first Capital of Thailand. It is located on a small island (on a river) at a 2h train ride from Bangkok.
Very interesting to take the train (15 Baths 3rd class ticket = 50 cents), with only a few tourists on the train...
Once there, their is a ferry crossing the river for 3 baths (10 cents)!
Then the fun part started... Like all the locals, I went through the daymarket (with all the amazing smell!!! All those odor in the market where there are no tourists are already giving me incredible memories of that trip)... After the market, I pickup my guidebook and got lost... youhou!!! Who could believe this, lost on an Island who is roughly 1 mile by 2 miles... So, I walked the Ayutthaya streets under that beautiful sun (35-37 degrees + humidity, I ave probably sweat 10 liters of waters in that afternoon) and after a 45 minutes walk, I tried to figure out where I was... Then, I notice a guy, with a guidebook, about 15 foots from me who looked as lost as I was!!!
In front of the Wat Ratbanura
This is a Wat that was build in the 5th century by a king for his two brothers who kill themselves trying to take is place!!!
Very impressive wat.
The 2 chambers where were the bodies and treasures have been emptied by robbers in the 50s and now we can go in there and see... The access to the room are fa from being easy...
I met Jumpei, a Japanese working in Hongkong in vacation in Thailand for the week. With the help of my english guidebook and is Japanese/Thai handbook, It took us a few minutes to realize where we were and we visited the Ayutthaya Wats together. We saw 6 or 7 Wats, the one that was the most amazing is the Wat Ratburana (see picture 2), incredible site, well preserved and even best, we have access inside the wat!!!
Of those 6 or 7 wats, we needed to pay entryfees of 30 baths for 3 of them!!!
Then around 5 PM, we took a songthaew to the train station (100 baths, 50 baths each!!!)
And took the train back to bangkok (20 baths)
So including the 3 - 2 liters water bottle I took during that expedition (3x 15 baths) and the fruits I bought at the daymarket (10 baths), the entire day in Ayutthaya cost me the amazing sum of 230 baths (roughly 8$!!!) and I had a lot of fun!!!
- Je crois que lorsque tu passeras par Ayutthaya, c est plus simple de faire ce que j ai fait et de faire le circuit de quelques heures a pied par sois-meme... La seule chose que je crois que j aurais du faire, c est de me payer le tour de bateau (juste a cote du traversier) qui fait le tour de l ile d Ayutthaya en environ 2h et qui te donne la chance de voir plus de Wat.
- Pour la bouffe, j ai trouve un petit kiosque genial juste en face de mon guesthouse, du pad Thai, de la soupe epicee au porc, aux crevettes, au poulet.... Des legumes sautes avec poulet... Tout pour 20 baths l assiette!!! Actuellement je prends mes dejeuners et mes souper la-bas depuis 3 jours....
Je ne sais pas quand j aurai la chance du vous re-ecrire, au programme:
- Ce matin, tour de bateau sur le Chao Phraya
- Cet apres-midi, je vais aller voir un film thai (sous-titre anglais) au MBK center
- ce soir, je vais celebrer le nouvel an chinois dans le quartier chinois de Bangkok
- Demain matin, je pars par mes propres moyens (bateau et train) pour me rendre dans le Kanchanaburi. Donc je vous reparlerai du Kanchanaburi.
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