Part 2 of 4 of my recent Thailand trip.
Ok I’ll admit that I was originally planning to do an overnight trip to this nearby city located about an hour (on a good day) from Bangkok. I thought it would be a good way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. And I’ve always wanted to spend a night here to see what life is like away from the tour bus day tripper crowds. But I got caught up with friends and just hanging out in Bangkok so I only made it a day trip to the ancient city. Note to self, must stay a night or two here in the future.
Ayutthaya was the ancient capital of Thailand back when it was called Siam and was a major trade hub with foreigners. It’s now a major industrial area with large Nikon, Pioneer, Panasonic, Honda, etc factories. But the town central still has that slower paced old town vibe and is famous for it’s numerous temples.
For the other blogs from my Thailand trip, click on Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Thai food.
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You get a great view of the area climbing up this stupa.
It started to pour (rain) when I got inside the stupa so everyone waited for 20 minutes until it stopped.
Inside the stupa there was a series of beautiful gold leafed buddha statues.
Reclining Buddha. You’ll find this common pose in many temples. I always thought the yellow garb is placed on Buddha in the winter months but this was the rainy season. Can Anyone enlighten me on this?
Detail of a large Buddha hand
Offerings to Buddha for good luck.
Local musicians started to play . I tried to convince them they needed me to be their manager and photographer. I wanted to make them the next Beatles.
More often than not you’ll see the heads missing from old Buddha statues. You’ll find the heads either in museums or in collectors hands. Very disturbing indeed.
Am I that big or are the locals very small? This is the local taxi.