Amazing Thailand: Ayutthaya

My family was here so it's time for another road trip. I hired the services of Little Pigeon Tour again.

Ayutthaya, here we come.

Ayutthaya used to be the capital of Thailand (Siam then) between 1350 and 1767. It was a melting pot of culture, art and trade. In 1767, the Burmese army came and destroyed the city.

Located in Central Thailand, Ayutthaya is north of Bangkok. We reached the province in an hour to an hour and a half.

Our day trip to Ayutthaya started off with a tour of Bang Pa In Palace, also known as the Summer Palace. We enjoyed the mix of architectural styles - European, Chinese and Thai buildings.



We cannot stand the heat so renting this golf car proved to be the best idea.

Floating Pavilion


Replica of the Tiber Bridge in Rome

Phra Thinang Uthayan Phumisathian (Garden of the Secured Land)



Withun Thatsana (The Sage's Lookout)

The elephant-shaped Topiary garden with my little boy.

Next on our itinerary is the Wat Chai Wattanaram. One of the temple ruins and Ayutthaya's most photographed site. And I totally understand why. I was in awe.

First thing that came to my brother's mind was the movie "Tomb Raider."




The Burmese army beheaded the statues because of the gold that was on its heads.


We took a break for lunch and Little Pigeon Tours brought us to Tony's Place.

My family enjoyed their first taste of authentic Thai food at the restaurant.


Chicken in Cashew Nuts

After lunch, we stopped at an Elephant Camp/Village.

We didn't see that many elephants as Pattaya. So my family did not truly witness why I adore these creatures. There was no show, unlike in Nong Nooch.

My mother and sister both had their photos taken beside a baby elephant.


I am not an animal lover but we did not like the way the baby elephant's trainer would hit him with a stick with a sharp/metal edge so he would keep still.

Our last stop was another temple ruin, the Wat Phra Mahathat.




Its most popular attraction is a Buddha head embedded among a tree's maze of roots.







Ayutthaya has many attractions for tourists and visitors. A day trip is definitely not enough. Tourists do stay for a couple of days to make sure they have visited each attraction.

Seeing the major ruins has made me want to pursue my dream of visiting Angkor Wat. I would not leave Thailand without traveling to Siem Reap in Cambodia.

I still don't know what our next location would be.

I will just surprise you with another post in my Amazing Thailand series.post signature

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