Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ayutthaya: The Marvelous Ancient Thai Capital

Wat (temple) ruins of Ayutthaya
The new city of Ayutthaya (full name: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya) has been built around the breathtaking and serene ruins of what used to be the capital city of the Ayutthaya kingdom or Siam. This city, about 40 miles north of Bangkok is a must see for anyone visiting Thailand! 

To get there, we took the MRT (underground) from Bangkok and got off at Hua Lampong, the last station where the rail train station is located. From there we took the third class train to the city. It was long, hot, and sweaty but definitely worth the experience.  

Pimporn Travel - this was my first week there so I still had a lame sense of humor when it got to words like this one :D

Inside the third class coupe. Windows down and taking in the humid thai air! Definitely no signs like this one in trains here. 

We then got off at the city, crossed the street and walked towards the water, where I got my first pad thai on the street. We then took a boat for I think about 6 baht per person that took us across the river, where the ruins are located.

Pad thai ingredients
Got our pad thais and ready to go!

Take the boat from here

and eat your pad thai as you are getting transferred across the river.
Once on the other side, we negotiated a good price and rented bicycles which we then used to go around the city and see everything. The city is gorgeous, mysterious, and has such a calming serene vibe to it. And although we went on our elephant ride in Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya is also one of the places where people go to ride elephants. Due to the moisture and humidity, some pictures are foggy but still capture the grandeur and beauty of the place. Enjoy!

Number 1:
This little kitty was sitting at the entrance of one of the temples. 



A statute of a Buddha with no head





No sound. Only calmness. 


Row of smaller statutes, all with no head as well
May and I accidentally bumping heads while trying to pose 



Taking pictures while riding the bike
Close up

I never know how to pose in pictures. Obviously this is not an appropriate pose for this picture, but the background is great and I wanted you to see it. Hence my awkward pose picture...
Elephants outside the ruins, just chillin' on the street :)

Number 2:
Looks like two heads, doesn't it?
That's me in there!
Just this beautiful...
Taking it all in...
And finally, to get back to Bangkok we just negotiated a good price with a van driver and he took us all straight back to Bangkok, which was definitely faster and easier although more expensive than the train.

Cheers for reading this post. I hope it got you convinced to visit while you're there and I hope you enjoyed seeing the city through my eyes. Do leave me comments below and subscribe to my blog if you enjoyed reading! Kop khun kaaaa!!! 

4 comments:

  1. Ava, your pictures are beautiful! The sky and ruins look so beautiful and peaceful indeed. I think I might make a trip soon! I'm in Asia until November and possibly for longer after that; please visit! Your stories inspired me to travel :)

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    1. Awww Jackie!! Thanks girlie :) I am so honored that you liked the pictures and EXTREMELY happy that I was able to inspire you to travel!!! I would absolutely 100% love to come to Asia and visit you but I'm starting work mid-July so I'd have to take a raincheck on that :( If you start traveling and need tips or recommendations or guidance of any kind just shoot me a message! I'd be more than happy to help :D I hope you're having a wonderful time right now :)

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    1. Thank you so much Robin!!! Have you visited here before?

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