Ayutthaya II

Yesterday, we went to see a temple close to our guesthouse and accidentally got in for free. There’s a buddha’s head with a tree growing around it, which was pretty cool.

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Then we went for a walk in the park, which was made of lots of little joined up islands. We got lost a few times but that was part of the fun.

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We stumbled across the elephant kraal where they used to train the elephants for war but now they just give rides.

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This morning, we had a friend at breakfast. Sam wasn’t too impressed.

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We made our way across town to see the impressive reclining Buddha. Apparently I’m so pale, we’re the same colour.

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I had the best ice lolly ever there; watermelon!

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This afternoon we went on a boat ride around Ayutthaya as the city is surrounded by a river. We saw syne beautiful Thai riverside houses along the way.

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The boat stopped at three temples/ruins. The first was so impressive with a massive gold Buddha at the centre, so big that men were standing on his hands to dress him. As they dressed him, people prayed under his robes.

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The next temple had a big prang (central building) that you could walk into. As I reached the top, I got a waft of bat urine again. Ew. In thus picture each little dot is a bat:

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There were 4 walls lined with gold Buddhas, it was mesmerising.

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We also even saw a Catholic church from the Spanish settlement.

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Our final stop was the most beautiful. Although we couldn’t go into the wat, due to renovation work following the October flooding last year, it was still breathtaking.

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As the boat left the last temple, we watched the sun begin to set behind it, something Ayutthaya is famed for.

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My Nan told me to be safe on this journey, so here are some photos for her of tuk tuk and boat safety 😉

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Things we have learnt so far:
1. 50% DEET bug spray removes nail varnish. “why is my nail varnish melting?!”

2. Thai people LOVE a uniform. Everyone has a uniform and badges for something.

3. Paying B100 extra for aircon is always a good idea.

4. No matter what you put on/do with your hair, it stays a dry and tangled mess.

5. Thailand is called “the land of smiles” for a reason. Everyone’s so darn happy.

Tomorrow we’re heading to Lopburi, a town terrorised by gangster monkeys. Will we survive? Let’s hope so!

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2 responses to “Ayutthaya II”

  1. Peter. says :

    Hey!
    Looks like you’re having a great time – Alex would like to talk to you sometime, when you’re next online!
    PT x.

  2. Jane O'Sullivan says :

    my god chelsea your so brave but what an experience xx

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