Ayothaya Riverside Hotel
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We decided to take a bus up to see the ruins in Ayutthaya and return via a Riverboat. The heat of the day was one of the major factors in our decision. Air conditioner is needed....lol.
On the way up we stopped at the Summer Palace to play tourist and goof around on the grounds of the manicured lawns. It is a formal setting and open to the public, but proper attire ...
... of them are very touristy now! But I did buy some elephant happy pants and a new top which was badly needed!!
We had a meal out with three Americans. The guy retired at 46 and at one stage he and his wife travelled the world for FIVE years, only going home at Christmas each year for two weeks!!
Ayutthaya was part of a Siamese Kingdom which occupied the area from 1351-1767. It is now a city roughly 70 kilometres outside of Bangkok. We wanted to go there to see the ancient temple ruins that are scattered all over the area. We took the Skytain out to the Victory Monument in hopes of finding a mini-bus to take us to our destination. Luckily, after asking many locals, we were finally pointed in the right direction. We found ourselves sitting on plastic stools on ...
... some movement but it was just people cleaning the place obviously from after the NYE party. None of them could tell me anything about Jenny but at least I could leave the hat there in hopes Steven would get it back. Pretty much the rest of the day was spent relaxing, blogging, watching movies and planning the next part of my trip coming out only for lunch and then later dinner when I went and said goodbye to my Chang Bar family for the last time this round. I was leaving the next day by train, to Lopburi.
... and contained many stone ruins and stupa's and its primary statue of Buddha which had been mostly destroyed or damaged apart from the body but the arms had been removed.
Moving onwards from here I found another old looking temple, Wat Rajaburana which was built in 1424 was a royal temple were princes of the age were cremated. This temple so far was the most complex and detailed one yet (in the old style) so it was great to finally see as these temples are the reason ...