Ayutthaya Travel Blog› entry 39 of 43 › view all entries
March 29th, 2008 – by: worldcitizen
I walked over to the tracks and a train conductor called me over and asked, "Ayutthaya?" It seemed like everyone at the station knew I was heading there. I guess it was the most logical destination for a foreigner at the train station with just a day pack. He checked my ticket and showed me to 3rd class.
I asked a group of Japanese guys if they were heading to Ayutthaya. They said yes. It's always good to know there is someone on board heading to the same place. We headed out and eventually our third class car filled up with locals from the various stops. The train conductor came to let me know when we arrived Ayutthaya.
I took a tuk tuk from the train station to Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the largest of the temples in Ayutthaya. The colors of the bricks and discoloration of the buildings gives the temple a magical quality against the sky and through the trees.
I wanted to go to Wat Mahathat next, home of the famous Buddha head engulfed in the roots of a tree. On my map, it looked like I could walk to this temple so I turned down tuk tuk rides and decided to head out on foot. It is very walkable, but the walk was shadeless and the sun was extremely hot. When I got there, I sat down and enjoyed a much needed chilled coconut.
Inside the temple I worked my way around it clockwise. I walked by leaning towers, rows of headless Buddhas, and a couple of imposing Buddha statues that were more or less intact.
After Wat Mahathat, I decided I should head back to Bangkok. When I got there, I discovered that I had just barely missed a train and it would be awhile before another came. I debated going to see another temple, but I didn't want to miss another train and then miss the farewell group dinner in Bangkok that evening. On the way back, you can't purchase tickets until a certain amount of time before the the train arrives. I was relieved when I finally saw people lining up for tickets. There are definitely more comfortable ways to go to and from Ayutthaya, but the train provides some interesting people watching.
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