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  • Day9

    Ayutthaya, Wat Maha That

    January 14, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Ayutthaya isch die früecheri Königsstadt vo Thaland gsi, darum gits hie no sehr viu auti Tämple und Ruine vo dene Tämple. Mir si hüt dr ganz Tag dür d Stadt gloffe für die ganze Tämple ga azluege. Am Schluss hei mir no e Bootstour gmacht.Read more

    Monika Hofer

    Wow!👍👍

    1/14/20Reply
    Monika Hofer

    Was isch de mit däm?

    1/14/20Reply
    Romina Hofer

    Isch eifach e igwachsne buddhachopf. D Burmese hei Ayutthaya agriffe u aus kaputt gmacht, darum si vo viune Buddhas nume no überräste da. U dä isch per Zuefau igwachse...

    1/14/20Reply
    Monika Hofer

    Isch no speziell...

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  • Day8

    Day 7 - The Train to Ayutthaya

    December 17, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We both had a restless night and were wide awake before the 6am alarm call. We showered & packed & went down to breakfast at 7am.

    After coffee & croissants, we settled our bill & arranged for a taxi to take us to Chiang Mai Railway Station. The 15 minute journey cost us just 79 Baht (£2), so feeling generous, I let her keep the 100 Baht note I gave her.

    Jackie left me outside the station with the luggage whilst she went off to collect our rail tickets from a nearby hotel. She came back with a silly grin on her face so I knew we were definitely sitting together, we were.

    We walked up the platform & boarded our Special Express to Bangkok. We trooped up & down the carriage, accidentally crashing our rucksacks on literally every passenger that had already boarded.

    At 8.50am sharp, the train pulled out of Chiang Mai. It was only a quarter full, so we both moved to more favourable window seats & spread out. The majority of the passengers were Thai, who were very smiley & friendly. The train passed through initially jungle & mountainous scenery, which then flattened out to farm land and paddy fields.

    Shortly after boarding, a hostess came round with a trolley & supplied us with coffee & a banana custard filled bun. An hour later she was back with 3 cartons each, which contained 1. stir-fry chicken in basil leaves, 2. Fried baby clams & 3. sticky rice. It was disgusting, Jackie said that she wouldn’t have fed it to her cat......if she had one. The whole lot went in the bin. We had a ‘consolatory’ Hong Thong & some Lays! Later on our hostess returned with more coffee & a packet of fig rolls each.

    Throughout the journey we made several stops, where more people got on than got off & before long, we had been forced to return to our allocated seats. We both read our books, yes even Jackie! There is photographic evidence.

    We arrived at Ayutthaya at 7.15pm, almost exactly the same time it took us to fly from Heathrow to Bangkok. Overall the train journey had been a very pleasant experience, not bad for just £22.50 each!

    For 100 Baht we took a Tuk Tuk 🛺 to our new accommodation, Baan Kong Homestay on the island in Ayutthaya. We checked in & had to promise that we would pay later as we didn’t have enough cash to pay up front.

    We dumped our bags, changed into shorts, it is considerably hotter in Ayutthaya, then headed out for a beer & a snack. We firstly got out 10,000 Baht from an ATM, then selected a restaurant called Burinda Restaurant. I had a Pad Thai, whilst Jackie had a Nasi Goreng. It was the best food we had had on this trip other than maybe my Massaman curry in Chiang Mai.

    Feeling chilled, we returned to our Homestay, only to find we were locked out, until we managed to squeeze through a side gate, to break back in. We ended our night sat on our balcony listening to the soothing sounds of Nick Drake.

    Song of the Day - The Day We Caught The Train by Ocean Colour Scene.
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  • Day32

    Tagesausflug nach Ayutthaya

    January 31, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Nachdem wir gestern in Bangkok angekommen sind, haben wir heute gleich die Gelegenheit genutzt und von hier aus einen Ausflug in die Stadt Autthaya unternommen.
    Diese war früher einmal die zweite Hauptstadt Thailands und äußerst wichtig für das Land.
    Mittlerweile sind leider nur noch einige Reste der Bauwerke übrig, die daran erinnern lassen wie erhaben die Stadt einmal gewesen sein muss.

    Mein ganz persönliches Highlight spielte sich jedoch gestern Abend ab als wir uns nach dem Restaurantbesuch auf den Heimweg begaben und ich glatt mein lädiertes Bein vergessen hatte.
    Zum ersten Mal seit zwei Wochen bin ich wieder in ganz normaler Geschwindigkeit mit Tobi die Straßen entlang gelaufen 🤩
    Allerdings ist Tobi sich noch nicht ganz einig, was ihm besser gefallen hat - zu schleichen und davor bewahrt zu werden, sich bei der Hitze zu viel bewegen zu müssen oder sich beim Gehen nicht mehr ständig nach mir umdrehen zu müssen, dafür aber jedes Türmchen erklimmen zu dürfen, das uns begegnet 😉
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    Renee Gensler

    Sind tolle Eindrücke

    2/1/20Reply
    Marlene Glasmeyer

    Njooo ihr süßen 😻

    2/5/20Reply
    Nine

    😎 Manchmal kann auch Tobi süß 😋

    2/5/20Reply
     
  • Day109

    Ayutthaya, ancienne capitale

    January 24, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Sur les conseils avisés d'un français rencontré au Myanmar (et qu'on a revu pas mal de fois depuis), nous nous dirigeons vers Ayutthaya, à 2h environ de Bangkok. Cette fois on opte pour un truc organisé, avec minibus climatisé, déjeuner et guide compris 👍
    Et heureusement, car à 30°C ressenti 35 à 9h30, la climatisation du minibus est notre petit refuge à chaque fin de visite 🥵 !! Qui plus est, le déjeuner est un buffet à volonté dans un hôtel classe, avec des sushis, de la bonne viande, des légumes frais, et du dessert à foison 🤤🤤😁

    Ayutthaya, donc, est une ancienne capitale qui a beaucoup servi pour le commerce en son temps car elle est reculée dans les terres et donc à l'abri des pirates. Beaucoup d'expatriés de différents pays habitent par ici depuis cette époque.
    Malheureusement, elle a été en grande partie détruire par les birmans pendant une guerre, puis pillée par les locaux après coup...
    Il ne reste donc presque que des ruines, qui sont malgré tout classé à UNESCO 🤩

    Une très bonne journée de visite loin de l'agitation de Bangkok, et des vues presque aussi belles qu'à Bagan. Surtout la tête de Bouddha dans l'arbre ✨
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  • Day262

    Ayutthaya Redux

    February 18, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    I decided to return to the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, almost a year after my first visit. (See this site, the trip “Thailand Challenge,” footprint “My Heart Remains in Ayutthaya.”) I wanted to stay at my former Airbnb property, with Nick, the brilliant cook, and Tom, her Russian husband, and Thai language expert—to catch up, get ideas for my studies, and roam around in a relaxed manner.

    I enjoyed biking to the beautiful ruins again, mourning the destruction of what must have been a sumptuous capital. Those awful Burmese—they just wouldn’t stop invading and conquering kingdoms in Thailand—Sukhothai, Lanna, Ayutthaya.

    There are two National Museums in Ayutthaya. This year I went to the smaller of the two, which features a very precious collection of antiquities donated by Mr. Praya Botan Rajatanin, housed in what was formally a residence for royalty traveling to Ayutthaya in the late 19th century. I enjoyed it, as it was a very understated royal residence, as such things go, and the collection of Buddhist statues, religious relics, and other historical items was small and well-chosen.

    I was told by Tom to go visit the Phananchoen Temple, in the southeast corner of the historic area—a Chinese temple with an enormous gold Buddha and an excellent library of ancient Buddhist texts. It took me two days to find it, as I let myself be led astray to walk wherever my curiosity led me, but finally, there I was. Yes, indeed there was a truly giant Buddha, shining in gold, and very impressive. But where was the library? I asked four people, then a fifth and a sixth—but no one knew. Finally a kind monk visiting from Bangkok asked someone for me, and the answer was, “It’s under repair,” and that was the end of that. But not quite. The monk sent me an article and a YouTube clip showing the demise of the library in a terrible fire in April, 2012. The news was barely mentioned at the time, and now seems completely forgotten. An unimaginable tragedy. Here is link to the video of the fire: https://youtu.be/pighMrD9UAg

    Ayutthaya offered me many opportunities to really practice my Thai. I took my breakfasts and dinners at Tom and Nick’s restaurant, and Tom kindly steered some of his regular Thai customers to my table to sit down and have a chat! And of course my street shenanigans never stopped. All in all, it was a very very pleasant stay.

    I was horrified when my plane descended into the black smoke and pollution covering Chiang Mai, but hey! I was home, and glad to get back to my routine.

    I hope you like the pictures, and please remember to sign your first name if you leave a comment.
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    Glad you had an enjoyable break - looking forward to the next exiting episode! Ian is in America with ASMF and I am helping babysit! . Love Rosemary

    2/28/20Reply

    How wonderful that you continue to enjoy your "retirement". You inspire me to continue following my idea of "retirement" too. I'm finishing up the last two days of publishing an article each day of February to celebrate a different trailblazer or changemaker for Black History Month. It took longer than I expected for the research and information-gathering since I was set on choosing people who aren't the well-known ones that are rolled out every year as the achievers and notables. It was my form of traveling since I was going through history and many life adventures of some curious, high achieving, and brave folks. After tomorrow, I'll be back to planning my online course. Sending love and hugs, Flora

    2/28/20Reply

    Those are some burly turtles! Love the cat. --Michelle

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  • Day9

    Day 8 - The Ruins of Ayutthaya

    December 18, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Woke up around 6.00am in our comfortable new bed. Before 9.00am we were up & out. We 1st paid for our accommodation & add a fourth night. We then ordered egg on toast & coffee. I had scrambled, which was a bit runny & Jackie had fried eggs that weren’t sunny side up, more sunburnt. The coffee was ridiculously strong. We will be having breakfast out in future.

    Over breakfast, we booked a van that would take us down to Bangkok on Saturday. All the trains were fully booked! We then gave our Homestay hosts 2 bags of washing & then hired a little scooter from them and hit the road.

    We zipped about a bit on our scooter just getting our bearings around Ayutthaya. We did notice that every other western tourist was getting about on bicycles, maybe we will try that on Friday!

    The rivers of Mae Nam Chao Phraya & Mae Nam Lopburi surround Ayutthaya creating an Island. Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam from 1350 until 1767, when it was brutally ransacked & vandalised by the Burmese. In it’s heyday, Ayutthaya had more than 400 temples, but now they either lay in ruins or have only been partially restored. In 1991 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s like a budget version of Siem Reap.

    After scooting around for about an hour, we stopped at Wat Maya That which is only just up the road from our Homestay. We paid our 50 Baht & joined the other tourists, mainly Thai or Chinese, we’re not sure which. Wat Maya That has the most photographed attraction in Ayutthaya, which is a sandstone Buddha head tangled within the entwined roots of a bodhi tree. Wat Maya That was built in 1373 and is the most important temple in the kingdom. It did have a 43 foot central ‘aptly named’ prang (Hindi/Khmer style stupa) but collapsed before the Burmese arrived & despite being rebuilt in more recent times, it collapsed again in 1911.

    Next stop was next door at Wat Ratchaburana, again 50 Baht, which had a prang that we were allowed to climb up to visit the crypt (apparently the largest in Thailand). We climbed to the top up the steep steps & climbed back down after seeing the roosting bats.

    We continued onwards stopping to see an enormous (at least 6ft) monitor lizard swim across a lake, then waddle out onto the bank. We then pulled up at Wat Phra Ra (50 Baht), constructed in 1369 on the burial site of King U Thong, Ayutthaya kingdom’s 1st sovereign. It wasn’t the best preserved, so I asked Jackie to stand behind a headless Buddha, so I could take a photo with her head on it. The photo was rubbish, but more importantly & funnier, Jackie got told off for being in area she wasn’t allowed to be!

    Moving on swiftly, we drove to Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit, a ‘free’ Buddhist Temple that houses one of Thailand’s largest bronze Buddhas, that dates back to 1538. It measures 12.5 metres high & coated in gold. It should have been called Lucky, because it caught fire after being struck by lightning, before the Burmese came along & damaged it.

    After, we went next door (50 Baht) to Wat Phra Si Sanphet, which turned out to be my favourite. The centrepiece was three towering stupas in a row, that for me were the most photogenic. We took quite a few photos, without getting in trouble.

    By now it was lunchtime, it was 34 degrees & we were hot & thirsty. We unashamedly followed the crowds to a restaurant opposite Wat Maya That & bagged ourselves an outside seat in the shade. The waitress came over & gave us the menus, but also her order pad & asked us to write down what we wanted. We ordered Tom Yum soup for Jackie & stir fried ginger & pork for me, with Chang Beer. It was all lovely, Jackie rated it one of her Tom Yums ever, but also one of the hottest.

    After dinner, we returned to our Homestay as a precaution so Jackie could use the loo, say no more. Whilst getting ourselves sorted, a maid turned up with our freshly laundered clothes, that we had given them just several hours earlier. Just 100 Baht, bargain!

    We headed back out & visited the Ayutthaya Tourist Center, where they had an interesting exhibition about life in Ayutthaya. We decided to do just one final ruin for the day, but somehow I got lost & couldn’t locate it. It’s quite hard reading a map whilst riding a scooter. Instead we ended up riding through a market that was teeming with children just out of school for the day. It was a tricky ride, but we managed not to hit anyone.

    After picking up some mosquito spray, the mossie’s are quite bad here, we returned to our Homestay. We have discovered that they don’t come in and clean the rooms, well they didn’t today.

    We returned to the Burinda Restaurant, where we shared a Pad Thai & a Green Curry. The evening was lovely, but was nearly ruined by a group of five foreign gap-year back packing tossers who shared a large bottle of water & each ordered the cheapest meal on the menu, but were so full of themselves. Several were typically vegetarians. Thank god we never ended up like that! Rant over.

    Song of the Day - Ruins by O. Children.
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  • Day17

    Wat Mahathat ( Continued)

    March 6, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 93 °F

    Wat Mahathat, “the temple of the Great Relic” was one of the most important temples in the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Located on the historical island the large monastery features a huge central prang, a very large principal viharn and ubosot and a great number of subsidiary chedis and viharns. The upper part of its once massive central prang has collapsed. Today only the base remains.

    One of the temple’s most photographed objects is the head of a stone Buddha image entwined in the roots of a tree.

    Wat Mahathat was one of Ayutthaya’s most important temples. It enshrined Buddha relics and was the seat of the Supreme Patriarch of Buddhism and thus the center of Buddhism in the Ayutthaya Kingdom.

    Wat Mahathat was a Royal monastery located close to the palace. The King performed important ceremonies here, such as the Royal Kathin ceremony.

    The temple was constructed in 1374 by King Boromma Rachathirat I. A large prang was built to enshrine Buddha relics. The prang collapsed in the early 17th century, after which it was restored and enlarged. A large number of viharns (assembly halls) and chedis have been added during the reign of later Kings.

    When the Burmese invaded and largely destroyed Ayutthaya in 1767, the Wat Mahathat was set on fire. The central prang collapsed again in the early 20th century and has not been restored.
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    Anita Frederick

    Awesome pic! The stories that those buildings could tell!

    3/7/20Reply

    Good picture of you and the scenery behind you!

    3/7/20Reply
    Cathy Berry

    Thanks for the pictures - love them!!

    3/8/20Reply
    Vanessa Albrecht

    Intrepid travelers.....

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  • Day11

    Day 10 - According to Ayutthaya Annals

    December 20, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Leisurely start to the morning, I returned the scooter & arranged for us to hire a couple of bicycles.

    Gone 9am we popped next door to the Malakor Kitchen & Cafe for Latte Frappes & a slice of rich fruit cake. With still aching buttocks, but reenergised, we collected our sit up & beg bicycles & hit the road.

    We aimlessly pedalled, but realised we were seeing things that we had missed on the scooter. Our 1st stop was Wat Thammikarat (20 Baht) that was built by Phraya Thammikarat before the establishment of Ayutthaya City. It was not like the other Wats, more like a jumble sale in and around various ruins and a temple. There were lots of monks & old ladies sitting behind stalls on their mobile phones.

    We continued along the main road passing Million Toy Museum, which I’m led to believe is as it says, then turned off finding Wat Wora Chet The Ram.

    At Wat Wora Chet The Ram, we were informed ‘According to Ayutthaya annals, the temple was built by King Eankthosarot circa yn A.D. 1593 the year King Naresuan the Great died whule leading an army to attact King Tong-U in Burma. in honour cf his eider brother, King Eankthosarot built a mighty crematorium here and some 10,000 monk were invited to the Royal cremation’.

    It was one of my more favourite places with a couple of Buddhas, one in a falling down building & there was a stupa with offerings, mainly half drank bottles of pop.

    It was boiling hot, so we cycled for about another half hour, through Krungsri Night Market to Chao Sam Phraya National Museum for some shelter from the sun & much needed air con. The entrance fee was quite steep 150 Baht each, but it housed a lot of their National Treasures, golden artefacts from the crypts in the Wats around Ayutthaya. There was limited photography allowed & some exhibitions we were only allowed to enter under escort. It probably meant & was appreciated more by Thais /Buddhists.

    By the time we had cooled down, it was approaching lunchtime. We took our chances & cycled across town to the river on the eastern side of the island & located a shabby restaurant with a great view of the river. It was the perfect place to sit in the shade & watch life on the river, including tugboats pulling massive barges. We had a couple of Changs, Jackie had fish cakes, whilst I had chicken noodles. It was lovely & we stayed for a relaxing couple of hours.

    We left & decided to return home for a siesta. We were pedalling furiously when a motorcyclist was beeping furiously behind. We stopped to discover it was the waiter with Jackie’s sunglasses that she had left behind.

    Back at our Homestay we had an extended siesta until 5pm, then we popped out to get provisions for our forthcoming rail journey, whilst we still had the bikes. We bought 2 bottles of Hong Thong causing the shop assistant to gasp “wow”.

    Returning home, we got ready & went out. I wore my rat infested t-shirt. We were walking down the road when we were accosted by a young couple who asked us if we could recommend any restaurants nearby. We certainly could, so we pointed them in the direction of Burinda.

    We then continued to a fabulous food market, with freshly cooked dishes of all descriptions. We eventually stopped at a Pad Thai stall for a lovely plate of food for just 40 Baht (£1) each.

    Later we headed home & said hello to the young couple who were still in Burinda. We sat down for a cold beer & a short time later the young couple came over and asked if they could join us & ask us some questions about Ayutthaya. They had only arrived that afternoon having just flown into Bangkok.

    Typically neither of us had our phones with us or a map, but we did our best to advise them as to the highlights. It turned out they were Stefan & Karina from Zurich, Switzerland & had only recently finished university. Karina had spent a lot of time in Oxford studying. Weirdly they were planning to spend Christmas in Koh Lanta, as are we, & they fly home from Bangkok the same day as us, 14th January.

    They took our contact details & insisted we contacted them if we ever visited Switzerland, even offering up their parent’s place as somewhere to stay. We said our goodbyes & returned home for a nightcap & early night.

    Song of the Day - The Annals by Frank Barile
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    Angela Bambridge

    A local delicacy??!! xx

    12/21/19Reply
    Simon and Jackie Annals

    Funnily enough we decided against ordering it!

    12/22/19Reply
     
  • Day4

    Tempelhopping in Ayutthaya

    January 16, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Am dritten Tag ging es dann getreu dem Motto "Eine Zufahrt, die ist lustig...." in die alte Königsstätte Ayutthaya, eine kleine Stadt 140km nördlich von Bangkok. Die Zugfahrt hat uns für Hin- und Rückfahrt grandiose 60 Baht, also umgerechnet knappe 2 Euro gekostet :D.
    Der Stadtkern von Ayutthaya gehört seit 1991 zum Unesco-Weltkulturerbe und man findet dort zahlreiche, uralte Tempel, von denen wir uns natürlich so viele, wie möglich angeschaut haben, bis die Sonne allmählich unterging.
    Heute Abend (Freitag) fahren wir dann 10 Stunden über die Nacht mit dem Bus hoch in den Norden nach Chiang Mai, wo wir erstmal 5 weitere Nächte verbringen. Wir sind gespannt, was uns dort erwartet.
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    Karla Muller

    Toll. Ist schon der Wahnsinn wie man früher ohne grosse Hilfsmittel solche tollen Bauwerke errichtet hat .

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  • Day10

    Day 9 - One Bloody Big Buddha

    December 19, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Woke up to the happy news that Trump had been impeached, but not sure that it will make a blind bit of difference. In even more disturbing news, learnt that Katie Price & Harvey were jetting out to Thailand for Christmas.

    On the our balcony table was a lovely juicy mango & a knife......crawling with ants. A lady also came along & told us she would be cleaning our room later. The mango made for a nice sticky mess & we finally got on the road on our Honda scooter about 10am.

    Today we were heading for Wat Muang, which I knew was somewhere near An Thong 31 miles away. We soon had negotiated Ayutthaya and we were heading north. A few miles out of the city, we found The Monument of King Naresuan the Great. It was down a long Avenue with hundreds of elephant 🐘 topiaries in a line down the central reservation. At the end of the Avenue was a roundabout with a statue of the King on horseback & weirdly the roundabout was surrounded with cockerels 🐔 🐓 of all sizes.

    Behind the King Naresuan Monument was Wat Phukhao Thong, built by King Naresuan in 1387. A large white Chedi was built on the base of Wat Phukhao Thong in 1569 by King Hongsowadi of Burma to celebrate the taking of Ayutthaya. At Wat Phukhao Thong, we purchased a Latte Frappe each, which would do for breakfast.

    We continued north towards An Thong & soon started picking up signs for Wat Muang, what could go wrong now?

    First of all, Jackie turned into a ‘Nervous Nancy’ forcing me to slow down, because we were going too fast......on our clapped out Honda. Then she turned into a backseat driver, updating me with every vehicle coming up behind us & every bump or hole or dead dog in front of us. Then Jackie started moaning about her bum aching & never stopped.

    Luckily we weren’t lost, but as we approached An Thong the signs for Wat Muang disappeared. We drove on but nothing. We started to ask random people, but no-one could speak English & just looked at us as if we were crazy. Jackie then came up with the bright idea of showing people our destination on my phone. With no internet, I managed to retrieve a YouTube video & screenshot it.

    This did the trick & the first schoolgirl who saw it pointed us in the right direction using sign language. We tried to follow her directions, but soon we felt lost again. We stopped & asked some bloke who whilst laughing to his mates pointed us in the opposite direction. We ignored him, but it turned out he was probably right!

    On & on we went & stopped several other people, I even asked in an office at a medical centre. Eventually we started to go back on ourselves & found a sign again. Then I saw the golden Buddha at Wat Muang looming up on the horizon, but only for it to disappear again.

    After asking yet more people & having 2 aborted attempts to get to it with it now in our sights, we finally arrived at Wat Muang, now gone 1pm & having ridden at least 20 miles further than necessary.

    Wat Muang was excellent and definitely worth the effort to get there. The huge gold Buddha is the largest sitting Buddha in the whole of Thailand. It measures 92 metres tall & 63 metres wide and was only completed in 2008 at a cost of 104,200,000 Baht (about £2.5 million). We walked around it & photo’d it from most angles.

    In front of the massive Buddha were hundreds of statues in a garden apparently depicting Heaven & Hell. The Hellish statues were pretty bloody & gruesome. The statues had cloths wrapped around their waists to protect their modesty, but an employee was cutting off the cloths of those that were looking a bit grubby to reveal rather graphic genitalia! It was all very strange.

    In the Wat Muang grounds was also a lake with the most enormous fish and a silver temple that on the inside was totally mirrored making it look enormous.

    After we had completed our visit, we returned to our scooter 🛵 to continue our journey. I wanted to go on another 20 miles to the monkey town of Lopburi, where I had read that two troops of monkeys 🐒 had invaded the town & the terrorised residents could do nothing about it because of their Buddhist beliefs. Jackie, however, was having none of it, she wanted to go straight back to Ayutthaya to end this ‘absolute nightmare’, her description of our day trip. I like to think of it as an adventure!

    As a result we raced back to Ayutthaya taking less than an hour. With both of our buttocks in pieces, we stopped at a little cafe called Coffee Old City for a cold Chang & some Thai food. Despite being recommended by Lonely Planet, the food was a bit bland.

    Now about 3.30pm, school rush hour, we reluctantly got back on the scooter & fought our way across the city to Wat Chaiwatthanaram, which was rather nice. Wat Chaiwatthanaram was established by King Prasatthong in 1630 in homage to his mother. We paid our 50 Baht & dodged the visiting locals who had dressed up for photos in traditional costumes they had rented from a shop opposite.

    One Chedi at Wat Chaiwatthanaram contained the relics of Prince Thammathibet (Prince Kung) who was cited in the Royal Annals as having committed a crime by having an affair with Prince Sangwal, one of his father, King Barommakot’s concubines. Consequently, Prince Thammathibet was punished by being whipped to death.

    After a pleasant stroll, we decided we had had enough for the day so we set off for our Homestay. On the way we accidentally stumbled across The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Lokayasutharam) which we had to stop at for a closer inspection. It was a bit shabby chic, but it seems it was meant to be like that, because there was a sign in front of it requesting people not to put gold leaf on the Reclining Buddha. Photo’s show it is sometimes dressed in an orange cloth.

    That evening went back to our favourite restaurant, Burinda, for some more excellent food.

    An alternative title for today could have read ‘Big Cocks & a Sore Arse’, but I wouldn’t want anyone to interpret it the wrong way!

    Song of the Day - Buddha Baby by Leonardo’s Bride
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