Part 3. (Ayuthaya)
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The night before we decided to do today a day trip to Ayuthaya, the former Thai capital and a Unesco World Heritage site.It’s not too far away from Bangkok, according to our information the bus ride shouldn’t take longer then 2 hours. A good day trip before taking the night bus to Laos. We just had to get there somehow. Christine knew which city bus we had to take to get to one of the bus terminals, there we could catch then a bus to Ayuthaya. With this plan in our heads we went out to get some good breakfast.
There isn’t much to say about the ride to Ayuthaya, we managed everything without any problems. The problem appeared after our arrival. There was a map of this town in my Lonely Planet guide book, fine, but we had no idea where exactly we got off. We tried to ask locals we met, but each person we asked seemed to send us to a different direction then the previous one.
Somehow we got suddenly to one of sights, this one was called Wat Phra Mahathat. Allright, first a short explanation about the word what…I mean “wat”. So, what’s a wat? Foreigners coming to
What you can see in Ayuthaya are mainly ruins of the former wats, as the city was defeated in the past by Burmese who looted the city’s architectural and religious treasures. The remains are still impressive, no doubts about that.
As we had to be back in
The next places we visited were Wihaan Phra Mngkhon Bophit and Wat Phra Si Sanphet. A little remark. Don’t think I remember all this names, I’m just using the Lonely Planet guide book I have now in front of me, hehe. Anyway, the first of this two places houses a huge bronze statue of a sitting Buddha. The second place served first as the royal palace and later as a temple place.
However, everything went well, we found the bus stop without any problems and didn’t even have to wait long for the bus which was supposed to bring us back to
Back in the hostel we took a shower and had a little rest. We had done the check-out already in the morning and the hostel stuff didn’t mind to keep our luggage till our departure.
Around 6pm we suddenly walked direction Khao San road where we picked up first our passports with the new Cambodian visas.