An afternoon in Ayutthaya

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
Trip End May 02, 2010

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

This morning we jumped on a train to Ayutthaya, which was once the capital (and the biggest city in the world in 1700).  Today it is home to the ruins of this time, which are pretty spectacular, so much so they are an UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The train took a couple of hours, and leaving our crap at the station, we decided to go against the grain and not visit the main area first (which is an island).  Instead we ventured the wrong way out of the station, walked across the tracks and went for a walk amongst the small villages and farms towards Wat Kudidao, a somewhat lonely and overgrown temple that sounded good when I was reading various websites. 

Naturally, we got lost.  We were using a map from one of those popular guidebooks, and as per normal, it wasn't any good at all, unless you want to find a certain hotel.  So instead we walked around small fishing lakes and tiny villages, along a busy road full of Elephant Lamp-posts, before finally giving in and walking back to the station and getting a tuk-tuk to the temple.

Naturally, it was literally 300 meters from the point we decided to turn around at.  Literally 300 meters. 

So we looked around that, I got suck on a ledge when I couldn't get back down without significant pain, Helen just gave me "that look" and yet again was pleased she no longer is romantically linked with me!

After arsing around there, we finally went back to the station, jumped on the tiny ferry boat to Ayutthaya proper, and had a lovely long walk around the billions of ruined temples.  We spent a few hours resting in a large park there, watching Herons fishing and a large Water Monitor winning a fight with three Dogs.

Returning to the train station after some food, we didn't return to Bangkok.  Instead, we jumped on the overnight sleeper train to Nong Khai, a city in the North East of Thailand.
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