Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 106 - Bangkok to Ayutthaya

I headed back to Ayutthaya for a second time because I loved the city the first time around. There's so much freedom to explore the city on your own terms. Again, we took the commuter train there for only 15 baht each. Since I already had somewhat of an idea of how far the guest house would be and how to get there, I had much more negotiation power with the tuk-tuk drivers, instead of having to walk in the heat like my first time in the city.

We rented bikes from the guest house and explored some of the Wats in the city again, including the mavelous Wat Phra Si Sanphet, which was in need of some major restoration. There were signs all around telling us not to climb certain areas of the temple grounds. After dusk, the lights went on, and there was an eerie feeling around the temples as they glowed in the light. Stray dogs roamed around and the winds and clouds came, signalling the coming of the rains.

We rode our bikes back to the guesthouse, but stumbled upon a street night market, where we got some of the best Thai food that I'd had so far. We managed to order all the food to go, but right when we were about to retreat, the rains came and we were stuck at the market, eating our dinner under the tarps that shielded us. Luckily, the restaurant owner allowed us to eat the food we bought from other street vendors... Of course, we ordered some beer and another plate from them. 

Hualomphong Train Station

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

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