Elephants, Ruins, and Temples!

Trip Start Aug 08, 2009
Trip End Jun 01, 2010

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Flag of Thailand  , Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,
Saturday, August 29, 2009

Ayutthaya is a famous, historical city that was once the old capitol of Siam. I went there yesterday and as you can see, I took a million pictures. Even the pictures don't do the city justice to the marvel I found in it, it's truly fascinating. I went to 3 different wats that are now ruins; that's where most of the pictures are from. 
 I rode a freaking elephant. It was awesome. I saw a bunch of elephants just walking down the street and I asked if I could ride one. The teacher who took me there just kinda laughed and said sure. So 200 baht and 5 minutes later, I'm sitting on top of this beast. I've seen elephants at the zoo, and in movies and such but up close they're SO big. The sheer muscle and bone and weight this animal has is terrifying. I was sitting on top of it, and with every step it took it was like the world was being shaken in an earthquake. I had my feet on its back and the skin is so rough and has coarse hairs. I was in shock for most of the 10 minutes I was on it. It's ears were spotted and the trainer guy sitting on its head pulled up its trunk and got it to not really roar, but to make an elephant sound which was really cool. After I got off I still couldn't believe it. I was looking at it and how big it was just thinking off the havoc all these animals could wreak upon us. As I was walking out, an elephant lifted up it's trunk and out of nowhere it was in front of my face. I even saw one of the elephants dancing to music with a little girl for some sort of show. I recommend everyone at least touch an elephant, just to experience how insignificant an animal like this will make you feel.
 Then we went to the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum. There was no photography allowed, but there were countless Buddha relics and artifacts found hundreds of years ago. Looking at some of the exhibits, I was trying to imagine all the people who have looked at the same thing and where it once was and all the wars it has been through. Then we went to see some temples and pray. I felt slightly out of place seeing as I'm not Buddhist, or any religion for that matter. People usually assume I'm Christian here. Then we went to the ruins of 3 different wats and palaces, where we spent quite a few hours. I wish I'd had a whole day, just to explore the rubble and all the different places, it's so big! One of the wats has hundreds of buddhas lining the entire palace. Most of the pictures are from the ruins. A few times I would be standing on top and I'd close my eyes to try and imagine what it would be like to open them and see a magnificent, glittering, grand, royal palace in front of me like it once was, hundreds of years ago. The whole time it felt like everything was straight out of an Indiana Jones movie or a kung fu movie. Choreographing a fight  or mortal combat scene there would be incredible. There's my appreciation for history! Just kidding.
 We also went around to a few different monuments which were also really spectacular and huge. There's always a mat in front for people to kneel and pray and leave flowers and such. Ayutthaya has some really great tourist attractions, I'd love to go back.
 I also watched half of a Die Hard movie today. English channels are hard to find. Anyways, it's hard to write a whole lot seeing those ruins, anyone visiting Thailand has to experience them. They say a picture says a million words, so I took PLENTY of them :)
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