My travels to Thailand 2010 – part 3
After the riots, I was going to spend a day visiting the old capital Ayutthaya which is 85 km north of Bangkok.
I caught a tour minibus from Khao San Road and was joined by ten other travellers for the day. They were mostly kiwis and aussies. I was the only cuddly toy on the tour bus and as such became the focus of the group because I was different. One of the aussies almost sat on me on the tour bus, he was massive compared to me.
Our first temple was Wat Phu Khao Thong just outside Ayutthaya.
I was to visit this temple again in October 2011 during the floods. This temple was mostly flooded then.
This temple was our first stop and we spent some twenty minutes here.
After another ten minutes on the bus, we made it to Ayutthaya Historical Park.
The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
Ayutthaya was founded by King Ramathibodi I in 1350 and was the capital of the country until its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767.
About midday the tour bus took us to a restaurant for dinner.
The other travellers helped me out of the minibus and the big muscles aussie man cut up my dinner for me.
After see the reclining buddha, we went to Wat Mahathat.
Here is the famous detached buddha head entangled in roots.
It rises a few centimeters each year due to growth of the roots.
The next day I was going to do some scuba diving.
To be continued….
For more information on Ayutthaya Historical Park please visit:
Details of my trip to Ayutthaya in 2011 is here: https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/my-travels-in-thailand-2011/