Ayutthaya, Ayuthaya, Ayuttthaya??
Trip Start Nov 06, 2012
30Trip End Feb 01, 2013
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Anyway, the clerk at the train station offered us either first class tickets in air conditioned carriages with comfy reserved seats for 315THB each (which really isn’t that much at all!) or a third class ticket on unreserved hard seats for 15THB each. Now, offering this choice to a yorkshireman and a woman of Scottish heritage led to the inevitable and we therefore opted for the 15THB tickets, which are purchased and then we settled down for a coffee
As it turns out, what we experienced was a very punctual service and a terrific journey through the countryside, numb bottoms aside, the service was great! Hanging out of the windows like true train spotters all the way to our destination (well, A was).
First impressions of Ayuthaya (let’s stick with a single “t” for now) were ok, it is an island at the junction of a number of rivers and formed the perfect location for trade and defence of a very powerful city state which grew to dominate south east Asia. Until the Burmese showed up, sacked the place, nicked all the gold and burnt it to the ground that is. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is packed with chedis, wats and phrangs which we explored on bicycles during a full day of touring. A took the lead with navigation, not normally a thing trusted to him due to his spectacular ability to get lost in a room with only one door, and a successful tour of the sights was made
Thailand “Part I” was fantastic, the people were friendly and the food was delicious, we enjoyed it enormously and are looking forward to returning to the north of the country later in the trip. Sad to report there is an enormous amount of litter everywhere we have been and a very high of number of stray dogs. Hopefully, that won’t be the case for the rest of the trip.