Bangkok+Ayutthaya: Floating Market, Reclining Buddha, Temples . . .

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January 7th 2013
Published: January 8th 2013
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After finally getting over New Year! we headed into Bangkok to explore the temples and visit the floating market.

The market was a good experience although didn't feel like it was the REAL floating market of Bangkok, more of a tourist floating market. We took a boat out and floated around the market and alongside the homes that are built over the river, we were then taken on a speed boat around some of the main highways! of the canals (sea sickness tabs anyone?)

The real eye opener was the magnificance of the reclining Buddha we saw in one of the temples. The monument the was about the height of 2 double decker busses and about the length of 3, a truly spectacular site. We also saw a standing Buddha which was about 80 - 100 feet in height. You can't do anything but stand and try to take in what you are seeing and try to understand how they were built and erected in those times. It would be an amazing exprience to go to one of these places alone without a thousand flashing cameras . . .

After Bangkok we left for Ayutthaya, which is a temple city. We stayed at Tony's Place and took a sunset tour of the river that surrounds the city. There are different temples placed around the city and we stopped off at 3 of them. unfortunaley my walking boots were stolen outside one of the Buddhist temples, ironic I know, whilst we admired a sitting Buddha, which stood around 100 feet in height and 40 in length . . . Buddhist teaching at it's best, one should learn to let go of material things, although we went to a night market and saw an array of shoes and boots some of which looked second hand, you make your mind up where mine will end up 😊 . . . Next we are in Sukathaya and then Mae Sot, from here I think we will be on the move quite a lot so will try to update when possible, see ya then 😊

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