The Ayutthaya Experience

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Hello, Buddha

Warning: A Huge Collection of Photos ahead

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Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

For today, let me go back to my recent visit to Ayutthaya, Thailand.  While typically, most travellers would spend a whole day to go through all the temples in the old historic town of Ayutthaya, our tour only lasted for half a day.

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Wat Mahathat

We booked the half day Ayutthaya Tour with buffet lunch in the Grand Pearl River Cruise along the Chao Phraya River through Viator.com.

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Friends for Life
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Just the girls and the Buddha

It may be a little expensive than what I usually spend for in a travel, but it’s totally worth it I guess. I mean, I was with friends who I haven’t seen for a long time – in fact, my law school blockmates.  So it calls for something special I guess. Hehe.

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Can you tell how big?
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Excuse the photobombing trash bin, which I deleted using my best photo-editing skills. Lol.

In this post, I will talk more of the Ayutthaya tour itself and will do a separate blog post about the Grand Pearl River Cruise or basically a review of the tour we got from Viator. As you can see in these pictures, it shows mostly the temple ruins of Ayutthaya.  We visited two main temples, probably the most popular – Wat Mahathat and Wan Phra Sri Sanphet.

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Wat Mahathat. Looks like part of the Angkor Wat?
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Favorite shot

We also saw the famous buddha head that was entwined with a very old banyan tree.  Ironically, while there were a lot of buddha statues scattered around, some of them also had no heads.  As such, I guess it was fascinating to note that this one buddha head would be safely tucked in this banyan tree forever.  It became a famous icon of Ayutthaya.

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Peek-a-buddha

Ayutthaya was known to be the former capital of Thailand.  This explains why the old city had a lot of temples spread around. Some of the temples also had influences from other neighboring countries.  The Wat Mahathat, for instance, have some Cambodian influence, being so similar in structure to the Angkor Wat temples in Siem Reap.

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The grounds of Wat Mahathat was also huge, so you can imagine how vast it must have been during its early days.  The ruins left were also quite huge.

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It just rained when we arrived in the area which explains the gloomy sky in these pictures. The ground was also a little soft and slippery so we were careful in walking around.  Some areas became inaccessible too, because of the muddy grounds.

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Our tour lasted for until lunchtime, which I think was just perfect because it rained so hard right after the last stop.  I mean, if we did that the whole day, everything would have been ruined by the rain.  We were blessed, though, because the sun was shining brightly by the time we reached the destinations/temples even if the skies were a bit gloomy.

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Overall, I think a half day tour of Ayutthaya was the best idea. Most of the must-see places were already included.  Unless of course you plan to do a photo shoot all day, then a whole day tour would be ideal. I think I’m more than satisfied though. As you can see, I have the best photos here, including a lot with my blogger poses. Lol!

Hope you had fun with this post! Until the next one.

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