Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day trip to Ayutthaya

It's day 3 of our Bangkok Adventure and Ayutthaya is on top of our to do list! Even before going to Bangkok, I googled must visit places and Ayutthaya is on the list. Upon reading I found out that Ayutthaya was a capital city until the Burmese destroyed it during the war. So now the city's ruins is a historical park.

We were picked up by the car service at 7:00 am and we were greeted by the infamous BKK traffic. 

And this photo was taken just a few meters away from the hotel! Sheesh! almost an hour to get out of Bangkok! but once you get to the freeway, roads are clear! =D 

We actually wanted to go to Ayutthaya right away but I don't know if the driver didn't understand or he really wanted us to see most of the sights there but he took us to Bang Pa-In Palace. It's the summer residence of the royal family.

Inside the place is so serene. It's so clean and the lawns are all well kept. 

The architecture is a literal mix of cultures! Of course there are the golden spiked roofs that best describes Thai buildings and houses, there are also Chinese and Colonial houses in the compound too! =D

The vast compound can be explored by walking but since we were in a hurry, we rented a golf cart and I drove it! Haha! there was no horn so we had to shout "Beep!Beep!" so that we can pass through..=P

After exploring the Bang Pa-in Palace, We were off to Ayutthaya proper. First stop is...

Wat Yai Chaimongkol. It used to be a royal monastery back in the day. I had fun exploring here! We climbed the steps to go inside the temple where you can drop coins and say a prayer.

And the place is surrounded by smiling Buddhas! So cute! =D
Near the Chedi (Pagoda) is a HUGE reclining buddha.

After, we wanted to go to the most famous Wat (Temple) with the iconic buddha head embedded in a tree.

You can find it at Wat Mahathat. It was once a monastery where their Supreme Patriarch lived and it was a very sacred place. The ruins left are awesome! 

I had fun exploring this site too! So many photo opportunities! LOL! =D
The statues didn't have heads so I let them borrow mine! =P

Even though the place was packed with tourists, the grounds is so vast it's easy to lose your companions so stay close! =D

Hehe! now time for a travel destination Jump Shot! =D

Wat Mahathat is easily my favorite place to explore in Ayutthaya. Though I regret that we only visited 2 Wats bacause we were in a hurry to get back to Bangkok for some shopping! 

Tips for an enjoyable visit to Ayutthaya:

-Though it's cheaper to take public transport to Ayutthaya, it would be more easier of you rent car service because the Wats are quite a distance away from each other. You can also rent a tuk-tuk to take you to the famous sites but the scorching heat will drain your energy fast.
- Bring a hat with you to protect you from the sun and please wear sunblock!
- Be prepared to walk, walk, walk so wear comfy shoes that you can easily remove since some temples require to remove your shoes before you can enter.

I loved our visit to Ayutthaya that I was even willing to give up shopping just so I can explore more! That's saying a lot from a shopaholic like me! =D Though you have to shell out more money if you're planning to visit here then opting to stay inside Bangkok because of the car service but I highly recommend that you check it out. 

Happy Trip!!


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