Song Kran in Ayuthaya

Ayuthaya Travel Blog

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We escaped Chiang Mai and headed for the more sedate Song Kran celebrations in Ayuthaya, the old Thai capital. Ayuthaya is just an hour north of Bangkok on the train. In slightly pathetic fashion for people backpacking around the world we flew from Chiang Mai to Bangkok: it was effectively free on our round the world ticket. It did save us some time, and had the added advantage that there are direct trains from Bangkok to Ayuthaya via Bangkok airport. So we got off the plane, headed to the station, and got a direct train to Ayuthaya. We hopped in a tuk-tuk at Ayuthaya station and were soon in the centre of town perusing guesthouses.
We found a pleasant place down a little side street, where they had supplied the largest towel known to man!

Ayuthaya is full of old temple sites from when the town was the capital of Thailand. We hired some bikes from a place near the guesthouse and headed off to do a tour of the sights. It was a blazing hot day, and so we took it pretty steady. We found an extremely air-conditioned Vietnamese restaurant for lunch, and managed to stretch lunch out to one and a half hours somehow. Straight after lunch we saw a young woman being knocked off her moped by a car; we dropped our bikes and ran to help. Some people came out of a nearby house to help as well. She seemed OK really; she'd skidded across the road a bit, so was probably a bit grazed, but it was a low speed accident. I collected the bits of moped and moved it out of the road while someone helped her into a car and whizzed her off.
It was her own fault really, as she'd been driving down the wrong side of the road towards the oncoming traffic.

We continued touring the temple sites after lunch. The temple building in Ayuthaya was on a huge scale, and some of the sites are very impressive. Outside one of the smaller temples they were warming up some elephants for the following day's Song Kran (new year) celebrations, by squirting water at passing motorists, particularly those on mopeds.

The following day was Song Kran proper, and we didn't have to head far from our guesthouse to find celebrations in full swing. There was a float parade through the centre of town, and liberal amounts of water being flung about, as well as daubs of flour paste. The elephants were out in full strength after the previous day's practice. In my attempts to photograph the celebrations my camera got rather covered in flour and water, but it carried on working (mostly, anyway)!
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Is this the worlds largest towel?
Is this the world's largest towel?
photo by: darkinvader143