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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya August 28th 2019

Day 6 – We left for Ayutthaya around nineish for the two hour (80km) drive with Mika and Gareth. The trip aside from the crawl out of Bangkok CBD was quite quick and relatively traffic-free once we were 20kms or so outside Bangkok. We had a quick stop for drinks and whilst Mika and Gareth had a late breakfast we visited the first of three historical sites of ancient monuments Wat Mahathat which is famous for its Buddha head entwined in tree roots and most popular for tourists but we felt the other two we visited, Wat Chai Watthana Ram (here - in one of the towers Gareth pointed out numerous bats hanging from the ceiling) and Wat Phra Si Sanphet had more to offer. It was a very warm day but a breeze and overcast ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya July 6th 2019

Na een busrit van 8 uur kwam ik eindelijk aan in Chiang Rai. Een vriendelijke Thaise gozer bood mij een gratis rit naar mijn hostel aan achter op zijn scooter, wat er in resulteerde dat ik mijn tweede hoed verloor. Verder was ik heel blij met de rit, het was namelijk nogal warm en het was een flink stuk lopen. Verder had ik die avond, behalve wat eten bij de avondmarkt halen niet veel gedaan, ik was nog te gesloopt van de lange busrit. De volgende dag besloot ik om een fiets te huren, Chiang Rai is behoorlijk plat, dus een stuk makkelijker te doen dan Pai. Ik besloot een paar tempels te bezoeken. De eerste was de Boeddha grot, die zijn naam dankt aan het feit dat de grot vol met Boeddha beelden staat. Daarna ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya March 21st 2019

Ayutthaya isn't so far away from Bangkok, but it's much more quiet. I stayed at a hostel this time, because I needed a little break and be on my own for a few days. The hostel was very nice and when I arrived I didn't do much. I actually didn't do anything. I didn't write anything, I didn't visit anything, I didn't talk to anyone, I just felt like doing nothing at all and chill. The next day I was back on the move. I met a guy at the hostel (Max) with whom I went for a walk through the area. We went to Wat Mahathat first. After I paid the ticket, they told me I couldn't enter in shorts.. Very clever of them. Anyway, we had to go back to the hostel so I ... read more
Elephant love

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya March 22nd 2018

Out of my list of 5 wild animals to find and see in Thailand, this was actually the one that my wife wanted to see the most. :-) These are flying foxes, with faces much cuter than other smaller bats. There are 2 places called "bat temple" in Thailand, but this one is in the Ayuthaya's province. The temple seems to have no name on Google maps, but this is the adress: Unnamed Rd Tambon Mai Tra Amphoe Bang Srai Chang Wat Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13190 Tambon Mai Tra, Amphoe Bang Srai, Chang Wat Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13190, Thailand To get there from Ayuthaya, take road 3263, and then 3111 South. About 1km before Chan Thara Lake village, you can see a golden bat statue on the left. Take the small road next to ... read more
Bat temple entrance
Bat statue
Bats in tree

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya December 28th 2017

Ayutthaya was once the capital of the kingdom of Siam. It's hard to believe that when you first arrive, but as you explore outwards from the centre, it soon becomes clear what an extensive site it really is. Sadly the weather was a bit of a let down when we got there and also on our first day which rather curtailed our wanderings. We stayed at the Ban Boonchuguest house which sits somewhere between a B&B and a homestay. It is not the cheapest place around by a long shot but we found the landlady to be friendly and helpful, providing a wonderful breakfast, and there are also two really cute little dogs wandering around. We set out on foot with umbrellas close at hand, and we certainly needed them at times. Our guest house was ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya December 14th 2017

So this morning was a bit hectic, running around packing up last minute items and checking under beds, in cupboards and behind doors for any lost items......I don't think we managed to leave too much behind! Whilst I was showering I could hear the phone ringing and when I got out Todd mentioned that Anand had called and that he was calling back. So he calls back, and says - 'Hey what happened to you? I am here at your hotel in Ayutthaya and you are not here!!' Holy fuckballs, I booked the tour for the wrong freaking date. OMG. I apologised profusely to Anand for wasting his time and the driver's time and we tried to work out what best to do. He suggested that they just come and get us now, but we had ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya October 21st 2017

Our train journey from Bangkok to Ayutthaya went well, we met an Italian man, Silvio, who came with us to our hostel. We wanted to rent bikes to tour around the town where there are a lot of ruined temples. Unfortunately, our hostel had rented all of their bikes so we had to walk quite a way before finding another place to rent bikes. I hadn't ridden a bike for at least 10 years (and had hated every second of it riding in my childhood!) so I wasn't very confident but I managed to follow Silvio and Shaun around. The temples were beautiful. After sunset, we cycled our way back to the renting place and had dinner. Riding a bike at night on a big road in Thailand is a scary experience! We had a rest ... read more
Temple in Ayutthaya
Monkey temple in Lopburi
Cheeky monkey wants hairband!

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya August 23rd 2017

D. 22/08 Idag tog vi vores første bus til Ayutthaya. Der var ankommet endnu en pige (Betty), der var fra Kenya, som skulle rejse med. Da vi ankom til Ayutthaya, spiste vi frokost og tog ellers en båd til 3 templer; Wat Lokayasutharam, Wat Phananchoeng og Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Vi havde en guide med os på hele turen, hun fortalte om de forskellige templer, samt lærte os noget basic thai. Derudover lærte vi også hinanden bedre at kende, hvilket var rart. Templerne var rigtig flotte, men da vi var færdige, så var vi også godt og grundige tempel trætte, så vi valgte at tage en drink/is, og tog derefter på et lille marked. Da klokken nærmede sig 18 tog vi til togstationen for at nå vores nattog til Chiang Mai, dog var toget 2 timer forsinket, så ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya February 24th 2017

Ayutthaya; the fabled city of stories past. It served as the seat of power and the capitol of the Kingdom of Siam from 1350-1767 when it was then sacked, looted, and burned by the Burmese. The city now serves as a UNESCO Historical site and with the numerous temples and palaces it is easy to imagine its past splendor. The historical site is surrounded by rivers and moats isolating an island that is filled with the ruins. The natural barriers made it an easy choice to build the capitol of the fallen empire. I came to see the ruins and as I toured the many sites, for the first time I truly felt I was in the Asia that I had dreamt about half a world away. Getting to Ayutthaya form Kanchanaburi was simple. All of ... read more
hot room

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya September 27th 2016

Just 250 years ago Ayutthaya was the biggest city in the world with a million inhabitants, it was a huge trading centre and any trading nation worth its salt would have had offices and interests there, the city was said to rival anything seen in Europe at the time. Then in 1767 the Burmese came and totally sacked the city leaving it in ruins and causing the capitol to be moved to Bangkok. I didn't have the earliest of starts, still feeling the effects of the night flight, but still had all the afternoon to explore the temple ruins before catching the night train to Chiang mai at 19:45. First stop was Wat Rachaburana, built by an Ayutthayan king to house the ashes of his two elder brothers who had fought to the death in a ... read more

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