Ayutthaya the ancient capital of Siam - the hunt for the head

The trip to Ayutthaya was rather strange. From the most vivid memories - as I lay in a stuffy gueste with a high temperature in half-forgetting, but not temples. But I managed to see them, too, and the famous head of the Buddha, too, so I don’t regret anything, the place is interesting. However, first things first.

Having enjoyed week in chiang maiI decided to go to Bangkok via Ayuthaya. All transport still goes through it. I bought a Chiang Mai - Bangkok ticket for a night bus, explained to the driver that I didn’t need an endpoint, but Ayutthaya and set off.

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From highway to Ayutthaya

Early in the morning, it was still dark after they threw me right onhighway, but not at the bus station. The navigator suggested that it’s about 5 kilometers from here. At the landing site were motosai and taxis. Taxi wanted 200 baht, although there is something nonsense to go there, and I didn’t recognize the price of a motorcycle where I was going with my hiking backpack. Passing over the pedestrian bridge to the other side (again, I glanced through the navigator to cross the road), asked the Thai how to get there. He replied that the 7% baht songteo runs from here. Literally 10 minutes later I was driving in a minibus. Not a sickly difference, 7 baht or 200?

Songteo brought me straight to the bass station, hereIt’s convenient to settle down: minivans leave for Bangkok every hour, there are bike rentals of 200-250 baht, a few guesthouses to choose from, a market, and the oldest capital is not far away. Therefore, I did not even choose a particular place or area, but immediately found a guest and settled. About budget hotels in Ayutthayaread the link. A full list of hotels in Ayutthaya can be seen at RoomGuru search serviceand book there. During the season it is better to do it in advance, and then there will be few numbers, I almost succeeded, took the last one and waited for a long time until it was released.

Ayutthaya - the ancient capital of Siam

Once upon a time, from the 14th to the 18th century, Ayutthaya wasthe capital. They say it was a big beautiful city with a population of one million, but then the civil war broke out and the Burmese captured, burned and destroyed it. After that, the capital was moved to Bangkok. Now Ayutthaya is a small provincial town with a bunch of ruins, which in 1991 were added to the UNESCO list.

Personally, I like more Sukhothai, as it is more spiritual, more abandoned andmysterious than Ayuthaya, so I usually advise everyone to go there. On the other hand, Ayutthaya can be reached in just one day, for Bangkok is very close (how to get from bangkok to Ayutthaya), only 60 km.

Despite the crowds of tourists, it's not so bad here.you can wander, sit and think, and enjoy the views of the ancient ruins. The territory of the ancient capital is large, there is, where to hide from the eyes, it is enough just to get away from the main temples, and then there will be no one there.

In total, I looked at 4 temples, although on the map in GuesthouseI was surrounded by 5 pieces of must see. But there are many more temples here, dozens, if not hundreds. Simply, many of them are a bunch of stones or similar to each other, so they do not cause any interest. But this does not mean that nothing else to watch. Entrance fee (50 baht) only in the main temples, the rest for free.

Each temple has its own territory, and these territories are sometimes adjacent to each other, and sometimes not. Between these territories you move along asphalt roads, for example, on rented scooter (200-300 baht / day) or bicycle (40 baht / day),but the territory itself can only be on foot. The temples are separated by ponds, bridges, walkways, beautiful. We just need to remember that in the intense heat (and it’s very hot there, as a rule), you don’t hurt a lot on a bike, and sometimes it was hot on the bike. Especially because the bikes there are so-so, ordinary city ones.

Ayuthaya is surrounded by rivers

Ayuthaya is surrounded by rivers

Ponds-channels dividing temples

Ponds-channels dividing temples

Life of ordinary people

Life of ordinary people

You can wash the wheels in the nearest canal.

You can wash the wheels in the nearest canal.

Ayuttai Monster Bus

Ayuttai Monster Bus

Ayutthai tuk-tuki not like the others

Ayutthai tuk-tuki not like the others

Something is not Thai, but did not come closer

Something is not Thai, but did not come closer

Moving on a bike

Moving on a bike

Wat mahathat

One of the most popular temples, for allThey come to look at the head of the Buddha, braided by the roots of a tree that has already become a symbol of Ayutthaya. As I understand it, when the temple was destroyed by the Burmese, the statues were broken and tumbled into the ground. And since the temple stood about 100 years abandoned, trees grew there, and one of them pulled this head out with its roots. In addition to the head, there are only ruins, little has survived.

The entrance is 50 baht.

Buddha among the ruin and trees

Buddha among the ruin and trees

Famous buddha head in tree roots

Famous buddha head in tree roots

There are usually many more people here.

There are usually many more people here.

Headless Buddhas Exhibition

Headless Buddhas Exhibition

The wall is about to fall, held by a support

The wall is about to fall, held by a support

One of the many groups

One of the many groups

Wat mahathat

Wat mahathat

Almost a chameleon, barely noticed

Almost a chameleon, barely noticed

Thai still life

Thai still life

Wat ratchaburana

On Google maps, it is designated as Wat RatPraditthan, but this is a mistake. He remembered to me that it was possible to go inside to prang. Usually they are either closed or there are no voids. In Wat Ratchaburana there is a small hall inside, from which a steep narrow stairway goes down. Of course, I came down, but there is a dead end.

The entrance is 50 baht.

Wat ratchaburana

Wat ratchaburana

Happy all so sleepy-good, and at night cruel boys

Happy all so sleepy-good, and at night cruel boys

Designer - Gather a Buddha

Designer - Gather a Buddha

Why not rest, work is not a wolf

Why not rest, work is not a wolf

Corn on approach

Corn on approach

Wat Ratchaburana in the woods

Wat Ratchaburana in the woods

Inside the hall is illuminated

Inside the hall is illuminated

View of Ayutthaya

View of Ayutthaya

And the dark corridor goes down, the photo is lightened.

And the dark corridor goes down, the photo is lightened.

But at its end is a dead end and a light bulb.

But at its end is a dead end and a light bulb.

Sometimes the roads turn into beautiful alleys.

Sometimes the roads turn into beautiful alleys.

Wat phra si sanphet

The largest temple in Ayutthaya and here is the mostpeople. Known for its three chedi, standing in a row. They were badly damaged, and now we see them restored. Around the formless ruins, you can imagine how it all looked not so long ago.

The entrance is 50 baht.

Modern Viharn next to Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Modern Viharn next to Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Thai squirrels eat rice too

Thai squirrels eat rice too

Wat Phra Si Sanphet - old stupas

Wat Phra Si Sanphet - old stupas

Except for stupas, everything else is ruins.

Except for stupas, everything else is ruins.

Big massive ones

Big massive ones

Then you and pokatushki elephants offered

Then you and pokatushki elephants offered

Wat lokkayasutharam

All that remains of this temple is a statue.Reclining Buddha. There is nothing more here, neither stupas, nor other buildings. Well, more precisely, behind the statue there is a brick and “maize” playground, small, but this does not count. I noticed how Thais do business here - they sell lotus flowers, and as soon as the worshiper leaves for Buddha, they take the flowers back to their stall.

Free admission.

Near the Reclining Buddha

Near the Reclining Buddha

Wat Lokkayasutharam - Reclining Buddha

Wat Lokkayasutharam - Reclining Buddha

Business in Thai - carries the lotuses back on the counter

Business in Thai - carries the lotuses back on the counter

Traditional trash

Traditional trash

Initially, I came here to see live onfamous head of Buddha, braided roots. Her picture is something sunk into the soul. And in principle, except for the temples described above, there can be nothing more and not to look. So all about everything you just have enough of one day. And if you use the transport, then you can still have time. On the other hand, why the extra haste, you can all stretch for a few days, penetrating the place.

I, unfortunately, had no choice. I arrived here already, and on the first day, when on the way to the next temple I realized that the world was swimming before my eyes, I immediately retreated to the guesthouse, where I spent the next two days, almost without getting up. Only went for water. By the way, once again I checked that hunger + water + lime + ginger, quite quickly puts on his feet, much faster than drinking medicine.

Ayuthaya on Thailand map

Ayutthaya: Attractions

Ayutthaya: Attractions:

Ayutthaya map with all temples (click to click large)

Ayutthaya map with all temples (click to click large)

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