Thursday, March 05, 2015

Royal Town - Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is one of Thailand's old royal towns. Hot, dusty, and doggy we found the ruins so-so, but the action at the Thai-Chinese style Wat Phanan Choeng fascinating.

Note for travelers: the recommended bus route from Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya using first bus 411 to Suphanburi, and then bus (actually a Toyota van) 703 to Ayutthaya was smooth and easy.

The trip to Ayutthaya started with a cool, early morning, moto-taxi ride to the Kanchanaburi bus terminal. The lady driver took us to a bus 411 that had just left the station. Perfect, no waiting.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Bus 411 ticket taker was also a woman.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

After checking into our hotel in Ayutthaya (booked ahead online), the first order of business was eating at a vegetarian restaurant.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya has a good number of tourists, many on bikes.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

Then to the sites: Pagoda with 7-11 in background.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Ratchaburana.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Phra Si Sanphet ruins.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

Contemporary, working Wat Phra Si Sanphet with Buddha image.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

We were disappointed and heartbroken to see enslaved elephants.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya, Thailand

A Hindu-style pagoda.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

Some of the ruins were along hot, dusty streets, but some were in a green leafy park with ponds and canals.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya, Thailand

This dog was just hanging out at Wat Phra Mahathat, but others would bark and try to nip our heels.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

The Buddha image in a tree at Wat Mahatra was cool as promised.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Lots of activity at Wat Phanan Choeng, the Thai-Chinese temple where we happened upon a "Dress the Buddha" ceremony. Each devotee has a piece of saffron cloth that will be blessed and then tossed up to be worn by the Buddha image.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya, Thailand

And a Royal Town should have a moat.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

The hotel pool - chilly this one.
Ayutthaya, Thailand

2 comments:

Kathy said...

Re: elephants - just read that Ringling Bros are going to stop using elephants.

Re: Ayutthaya - i enjoyed the boat ride back to Bangkok, but guess you're heading north?

Sun-Ling said...

@Kathy, so glad to hear. Elephants are such magnificent animals. Attitudes are changing. While I couldn't look at the elephants too closely, I did notice almost all the riders are Asian tourists.