Ayuthaya (former capital city)
09.04.2008 - 10.04.2008 40 °C
We have decided to dump our bags in storage and head to Ayuthaya (old capital) for the night. We barter in a mix of bart and shop visits and get the Tuk Tuk to the train station for 2 shops (original price 200b). Loving the new currency! One of the tailors even had really good ties so bought gaz one (our first piece of shopping!) was hard to only pick one.
The train north was really interesting. Only a handfull of westerners in amongst all the Thai travelers. Great way to see Thailand. Very interesting to see how some live - a lot of shanties but then some really nice houses.
We picked a guest house from lonely planet and it is a good one. For only 30b ($1) more than Bangkok we have a lovely room of the balcony with two windows! And a lovely big bed and bathroom. The host is a lovely Thai lady who has just been on holiday to NZ – so of course Rotorua!
We like the temples here much better as they are all brick and stone instead of covered with gold as they are in Bangkok. The first temple is amazing as we get to walk all around it and it is in great condition. Then off to an elephant camp where they have 60 elephants but we couldn’t get the answer to what they do with them. Watched a kid (probably about 10 years old) go into the river on the back of a huge elephant for a wash. They actually get the elephant to totally emerge themselves in the rive – was quite a sight and much better than expected. We then went on to see the sun set from Phu Khao Thong – so many steps! But was beautiful. Then on to look at various temples that were lit up in the dark. Quite spooky! One of the hightlights would have to be the statue of a king that won a war that was surrounded by chicken statues- all the Thai people buy them to honour the king. An amazing looking army of roosters
Finished off the night with dinner at a night market. We were with two German girls and French guy that were on the Tuk Tuk tour. They stopped at a stall we would never of eaten at – but we have to admit that it was the best Thai food we have every eaten. We are convinced that market stalls is the way to go. Lovely meal and was great to chat with some other travelers.
Back to Bangkok tomorrow - shame as loving the pace here.