Sacred City for the ThaisAyutthaya it was the capital of the kingdom of Siam for over 400 years. Its temples are visited every year by thousands of tourists, despite everything, it is a mandatory point in our trip to Thailand, as it houses the best temples in the country next to Sukhotai.
What to see in Ayutthaya
Our trip starts from the city of Bangkok, specifically from the North Terminal from the city. From here, public buses depart daily to Ayutthaya. The buses are not wonderful, but they are above average in these types of countries, they also take only an hour and a half to arrive, all depending on traffic. Of course, the stop will not leave you in the area of the temples, so you will have to walk about 15 minutes or so, or take a tuk tuk.
The temples we visited were located in an environment called “The island". Its name is because it is surrounded by several rivers, forming an island of several hectares.
The first temple we visited was the so-called Wat Phra Ram. The locals say it was the cremation place of the founder of the City. We could not enjoy it much, since from this moment it started to rain and did not stop until after 2 days.
Wat Phra Ram
Later we go to Wat thammikarat, temple that spent its days of greatness years ago and that did not do us a favor with the weather conditions because its roof was collapsed.
Wat Ratburana It was our next goal, the rain seemed to have stopped and it was a good time to enjoy one of the most beautiful temples. Without tourists in between, we began to take pictures as we pleased, but the rain began to appear again which forced us to protect ourselves under a stand that sold food.
As you can see in the following photo, the visit to the temples was almost impossible. It was raining in the seas and carrying a backpack on the back of more than 10 kilos did not help us at all. After 15 minutes of waiting, the downpour stopped and we were able to continue with our excursion.
Raining to seas in Ayutthaya
We continue in the direction of Wat Phra Mahathat, one of the most famous images of Ayutthaya, the head of Buddha wrapped between roots (Cover of this article). The reason is in this state, because it is simply because the statue has not been touched for years, besides that in Buddhism, statues invaded by nature receive special treatment.
Wat Phra Mahathat
It was time to see stupas a type of Buddhist architecture whose mission is to contain relics and sometimes funerary burial mounds. The temple that contained stupas was the Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Probably the most visited of the place. It was mainly built to house the most important ceremonies in the area and in its day housed a Buddha of more than 16 meters covered with pure gold. Gold that was cast after the conquest Burmese.
Wat phra si sanphet
We continue walking through Ayutthaya, temple after temple, whose names I barely remember but I make use of the fantastic Wikipedia. Names like Wat thammikarat, Wat Phra Ram, Wihaan Mongkhon Bophit, ..., etc., we will meet as we finish our walk. Fed up with the rain, we decided to end the excursion and take direction to the station.
Certainly, Ayutthaya It is seen in a single day and it is not necessary to spend the night in it, since there is a good train station that can place you in less than 2 hours towards our next stop, the nice one Lopburi and its Great temple invaded by monkeys.
But of course, on all trips are the so-called ready. Those people who make use of the tourist advantages to be able to see places in the most comfortable way possible and without getting wet !!! Who would have seen it before, since the elephants We saw them just when we finished
Elephants in Ayutthaya
When to go?
Thailand is in one of the rainiest areas on the planet. However, between the months of November and February, it gives us a little respite and the temperatures are much more pleasant.
How to get to Ayutthaya?
By plane of course. There are many airlines that stop at Dubai, Qatar or another country of Persian Gulf We can get tickets for less than 450 euros. Since Bangkok, we go to the North Bus Station. In this place several public buses depart daily with a stop to Ayutthaya.
It can be reached from Chiang Mai by train.
What to wear
The temperatures are high and the level of rainfall is high, so it is necessary to wear comfortable clothes, umbrellas and raincoats and some pants and long-sleeved t-shirt to be able to enter certain temples.
Where to sleep?
The accommodation is extremely cheap. For less than 5 euros there are a lot of accommodation and from this amount, depending on the luxury we seek and the amount we want to spend. Our case was in the Baan Are Gong Riverside Homestay. Cheap and cozy.
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