Day 1, Town 1 and I’ve travelled 85 km North from Bangkok to the Town of Ayutthaya. One of the former capitals of Siam in the 14th century.
As a capital, with a population of over 1 million in 1700 it was considered the largest city in the world. It is now a shadow of its former self – small , quiet and identifiable by the ruins of old temples scattered throughout the town.
I arrive a few hours before sunset, find a room and grab a coffee and then go and explore – you don’t have to walk far to find an empty temple, or some beautiful old ruins, unmanned at the side of the street.
Walk a bit further and I see a monk, collecting and burning leaves accross a river with a backdrop of another glorious temple.
As the sun was setting I took a wander into Wat Phra Si Sanphet to see some of the grounds lit at night. The town itself was really quiet, but at this point, I was the only one around…….after spending a week in Bangkok, the silence was golden! Apart from having to duck from the occasional kamikaze bat….it was beautiful!
Next morning! And one of the bucketlist items I had when arriving in Thailand – I’m going to visit Wat Lokayasutharam. There are a number of temples and ruins in the town which I won’t have time to visit, but I’m making a real effort for this one…..as I was a massive ‘Street Fighter’ fan as a kid. It was my favorite computer game, and as it turns out, one of the stages was based here!
Unfortunately, there was no-one there to fight, so after a brief wander around I decided to head back to find a bus out-of-town. Another cool thing about wandering around towns in Thailand…..surprise Elephants! I’d never really put too much thought into it before, but it turns out that elephants have right-of way over cars…in any situation!
Next Stop, Lopburi!