Ayothaya Riverside Hotel
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... the station, but Kirsty could barely keep down the tea let alone food.
Our journey wasn't over yet though, we were not stopping in Bangkok. We bought tickets for the train to Ayutthaya, treating ourselves to 2nd class seats, but not being seated together as the train was very busy. As we went to board the train we were glad we hadn't bought 3rd class, it was standing room only and we had all our luggage with us.
Ayutthaya is a similar length from Bangkok as Brighton ...
So we arrived into Ayutthaya on the 5th Dec after a pretty bouncy minibus journey. (Somehow we managed to get the seats just above the back wheels!). We arrived at the guesthouse which is lovely and had a very friendy, homely feel about it. Here we met a load of English teachers who live at the guesthouse. Pretty awesome and made me think of Ed and how he would love it. It as the King's B'day so really big ...
I was really looking forward to Ayutthaya as it was a place in Thailand I'd always wanted to travel to but so far hadn't. As I was going to be travelling north to Chiang Mai for the Yee Ping Lantern release on the 25th I though why not spend some time in Ayutthaya. People say take 2-3 days there but I wanted to relax so I chose 5 nights then planned to catch the overnight train to Chiang Mai in time for Yee Ping.
I planned on taking the train to Ayutthaya even though it was ...
... we went past the Grand Palace and Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn).
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I have been in Thailand 4 and a half months and I am ashamed to say that these are the first temples and palace I have been too. I thought it wasn't really my thing...and it still isn't really but it was really fun and interesting. I learn a lot about the history of Thailand which mind blowing when you come from such a young country. I also learned lot about ...
... shoes and socks. Inside the temple was a gigantic bronze statue of Buddha. We joined the believers and paid our respects by kneeling and touching our head to the ground several times.
Just outside these two temples was a massive market where we bought peanut brittle and our lunches. We also spotted our first lady boy! We both had noodle dishes that came to 120 baht. Using the toilets in the market (5 baht) I discovered the equivalent of the asian bidet, ...