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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya February 18th 2015

To see all pictures be sure to scroll all the way down -- there are 10 pictures in this posting. Today's visit was to Damnoen Saduak floating market in Ratchaburi via a boat ride (think Venice minus the romance or glamour) through the market area. After several traffic jams (boat jams) we disembarked and shopped till we dropped (sort of). Vendors everywhere, snakes to hold and much activity. This is where the locals purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and fish for the day as well as articles of clothing and souvenirs for tourists. Another bus trip included discovery stops to learn about salt production and later, to the collection and production of palm sugar, coconut milk and other palm tree related products. A home visit was included where we were able to explore a family's living quarters. ... read more
Coconut milk and coconut meat.

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya January 13th 2015

Overwhelmed really. Bangkok was terrifying at first. Overwhelming. Within the first hour I thought I had made the biggest mistake. Traffic craze. Motorcycles riding next to you on the pavement as if they were pedestrians. Red traffic lights being treated as mere suggestions. The full chaos of it all. So I went to sleep. When I woke up I thought I'd grow a pair. I got a taxi to democracy monument. From there I walked around Bangkok, and slowly but surely learned about its transport network and how to navigate the place. Suffice it to say that on my second day in Bangkok I was zipping from attraction to attraction. Good times. From there I got the train to ayutthaya. In evening I got a boat ride to the temples off the island. Truly stunning. Today ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya December 21st 2014

We took a local train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. This was incredibly crowded as well as being incredibly cheap; so Fred (being a perfect gentleman) stood up to give a lady carrying a baby, who got on half way there, his seat. Journey was 1 and half hours. There were ladies walking up and down selling sliced fruit and cold drinks all the while. We were glad to get off at Ayutthaya, (which used to be the capitol of Siam), and eat, then check in at our guesthouse. This was a perfect place to stay being only 2 minutes walk from the station and having a lovely welcoming ambience. The building is an antique teak wooden thai style house backing onto the river. There is a nice restuarant tacked onto the back, and a ferry to ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya August 15th 2014

After our nightmare with taxis the previous day we were already over Bangkok so we decided to get out of town. On the advice of a taxi driver we crossed the main road outside our hotel and tried to catch a taxi to Bang Sue train station where we planned on catching a train to Ayuthaya - the old capital city of Thailand. We tried and failed three times to get a taxi driver to use the meter. I slammed the door shut on the third one in frustration and Jo casually pointed out that I would probably have been better just leaving it open! Our fourth attempt was successful and we joined the 12 million population of Bangkok in the early morning rush hour. We were in the cab for almost an hour to go ... read more
One of the rentals
Elephant Taxi Kraal
Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya August 4th 2014

Ayutthaya, also spelled Ayudhya, was a Siamese kingdom that existed from 1351 to 1767. Ayutthaya was friendly towards foreign traders, including the Chinese, Vietnamese (Annamese), Indians, Japanese and Persians, and later the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and French, permitting them to set up villages outside the walls of the capital, also called Ayutthaya. In the sixteenth century, it was described by foreign traders as one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the East. The court of King Narai (1656–88) had strong links with that of King Louis XIV of France, whose ambassadors compared the city in size and wealth to Paris. By 1550, the kingdom's vassals included some city-states in the Malay Peninsula, Sukhothai, and parts of Cambodia. In foreign accounts, Ayutthaya was called Siam, but many sources say the people of Ayutthaya called themselves Tai, ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya June 16th 2014

Recently a work trip took me to Bangkok. I flew there on a Saturday morning and held a training at Don Mueang Airport in the north of Bangkok in the afternoon. I decided to use the Sunday for some sightseeing. So in the morning after a quick swim in the pool and breakfast a driver picked me up from the hotel and drove me to Ayutthaya, the city north of Bangkok that used to be the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom from the 14th to the 18th century. The city became increasingly powerful and eventually, in the 15th century, took over the power from Angkor. It expanded across the region, but then was defeated by the Burmese in the late 18th century. It is located on an island surrounded by the Chao Phraya River, just 45 ... read more
Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol II
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat II

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya March 17th 2014

Coucou. Aujourd'hui, comme hier, et comme sûrement demain... c'est grasse mat jusqu'à 10h30. Alex m'a envoyé un message. Il me demande si je veux l'accompagner à l'anniversaire d'une amie thaïlandaise. Je lui dis que oui et rendez-vous est pris pour 12h. Une heure plus tard il me renvoie un message pour me dire qu'il vient loger avec moi à la guesthouse. L'amie qui l'héberge reçoit sa Maman et elle n'a pas assez de place pour tout le monde. Du coup, pas d'anniversaire non plus. On traîne un peu dans la chambre face au ventilo, puis au bord de la piscine puis on va manger un morceau en ville et on finit par aller voir de la boxe thaï dans un des nombreux temples que compte Ayutthaya. En fait, ça n'est pas dans le temple à proprement ... read more
Boxeurs à l'œuvre

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya March 15th 2014

Coucou les amis. Voilà, comme toutes les bonnes choses ont une fin, mon voyage se termine. Maintenant je me prends quelques jours de vacances pour me reposer avant de rentrer. Lol! Ben oui, on dit que les voyages forment la jeunesse mais ils fatiguent les organismes aussi. Avec Alex, on s'est donc posé à Bangkok, on a retrouvé le soleil et la chaleur et on n'est pas mécontent même si pour le coup il fait vraiment lourd, très lourd. Ça n'est pas une chaleur sèche mais après le Nord Vietnam et son crachin permanent, on ne se plaint pas. L'inconvénient, c'est que même sans bouger, on transpire à grosses gouttes et comme on avait oublié qu'ici ils sont friands de la clim, faut qu'on fasse attention quand on passe du chaud au froid puis du froid ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya February 9th 2014

Ayutthaya was the old capital of Thailand, home to 33 kings until being sacked by the Burmese in 1767 (now good friends though!). There are more temples, prangs and stupas then you can shake a stick at - wow! Sleeper train to Chiang Mai was good fun.... read more
Temple action
Temple cycling
Train spotting

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya December 5th 2013

Hello, Aujourd'hui c'est jour de fête. On célèbre l'anniversaire du Roi et c'est un jour férié ici. On ne badine pas avec le Roi. C'est aussi pour moi l'occasion de tester un nouveau mode de transport, le bus (équivalent du car chez nous, à ne pas confondre avec les bus de ville). Je disais donc jour de fête en Thaïlande et jour de dé-fête pour moi... Hier soir, assis bien sagement à la terrasse d'un bar, je terminais mon post précédent ainsi que ma bière lorsqu'un inconnu m'aborda. "Are you alone?" me demanda-t-il. "Yes??? " lui répondis-je un peu étonné. Qu'est-ce qu'il peut bien me vouloir, celui-là? En fait, il me proposa de rejoindre sa table où m'attendaient 2 charmantes demoiselles. J'ai donc fini la soirée avec Kevin, Suisse de 20 ans, Flor, Hollandaise de 29 ... read more

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