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My Travel Story: A Year in Thailand Pt.10 (Ayutthaya)
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    A Year in Thailand Pt.10 (Ayutthaya)

    After Phetchaburi and then heading to "Closed" Bangkok for 2 days, i headed to Ayutthaya. I absolutely LOVED this place... and not just because of the beautiful ruins and amazing history either, i just got a really good vibe from this town and enjoyed my 10 days here very much. First thing i was given was a map with almost 60 (no less) points of interest to visit and that was just in the city centre... sub districts of Ayutthaya also have many, many places of interest to see. So 10 days just wasn't enough but had to make do as i need to be north for a VISA run july 1st and want to spend at least 2-3 weeks in Chiang-Mai (which is where i'm heading tomorrow )

    You can walk to a lot of the areas of interest but in the current heat i decided to put my hand in my pocket and pay the 30B it cost to hire a bike (pedal) for the day, which makes getting around a lot more pleasant. There are plenty of stalls selling water all over the place for 5B so no need to set out too prepared for the day.

    Visited the floating market and elephant village, went on a boat tour, and even did a day trip to Lop Buri and went to the zoo. The most impressive places to visit by far were Wat Mahathat which is set in Phra ram park which is also a great place to walk around and relax. Also, wat phra si samphet, which also looks the most beautiful when lit up at night.

    Anyway, as always, i'll let the pics do the talking... I'll post up the pics of Lop-Buri Zoo another time as i'm a bit pressed for time now. Enjoy.

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    Around Phra Ram park

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    Re: A Year in Thailand Pt.10 (Ayutthaya)

    really nice pictures! very green and peaceful-looking now. I didn't remember it was that green though I visited in October (2003).
    I remember though that riding a bicycle to some of the ruins on the outskirts of town needed going on the ringroad and other scary main roads with heavy traffic. I think it was the last time I rented a bike and not a motorcycle. I have lots of really bad memories from Ayutthya, the tuktuk mafia, the really unfriendly people at the bus station who would not sell a ticket for the next day, and some nasty food poisoning, now I wish I could go back and erase it all.

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    Re: A Year in Thailand Pt.10 (Ayutthaya)

    Sorry to hear you had a bad experience in Ayutthaya, as it (along with Practchuap-khiri-khan and Krabi) is one of my favorite places i've been to in Thailand to date and would definatly be a top list place to live for me if i ever got the oppertunity to move out here.

    I think a re-visit for you would be good. I think food poisoning, dodgy tuk, tuk drivers and awkward bus station workers can happen everywhere in Thailand, it's just bad luck you experienced all 3 in 1 place.

    Anyway, it's quiet here where i'm staying in Sukhothai now so i'll hog the PC again and upload the pics of Lop-Buri zoo...

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    Re: A Year in Thailand Pt.10 (Ayutthaya)

    Pics of the day trip to Lop-Buri zoo,

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