Thailand Day 3 : Ayutthaya
Day #3 in Thailand I visited some famous temples in Ayutthaya, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Mahathat, Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Chai Watthanaram, Wat Lokayasutharam, etc. I don’t have much time to visit all the temples there (so many temples), I just pick some temples I really want to see 🙂
There are many ways to go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, you can see here for more detail. For me, minibus is the best option – the location is a little bit difficult to find but you can ask people there. Just tell people I want to go to Ayutthaya and they will let you know where is the minibus location. Minibus fare is 60 THB, it’s not expensive (IMHO).
The minibus will be arrived in Ayutthaya minibus station (nearby bus station). From there I decided to rent a bicycle – it’s pretty cheap, cost about 40THB for one day.
First, I visited Wat Mahathat, this temple is famous for Buddha head in tree roots. Entrance ticket fare is 50 THB for foreigner (free entrance for Thailand people).
The famous highlight in this temple:
Damaged Buddha Statues :
Next, I visited Wat Ratchaburana, some parts of this temple is under maintenance – it’s still beautiful though.
Some Thailand students also come to here, maybe study tour 🙂
Some parts are under maintenance 😦
The view from the top is beautiful.
Next, I visited Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit, this temple is famous for large bronze Buddha image (named Phra Mongkhon Bophit).
Phra Mongkhon Bophit :
The detail of these statues are awesome :
Adjacent to Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit is Wat Phra Si Sanphet. The sign “please buy tickets” is interesting – I know that some foreigners enter this temple without ticket. For me pay a little bit money for what you want to see is fine – 50 THB is not so much if you really like to see and take some good photos.
This temple highlight is “three Chedis (three Buddha Stupas)”
Inside three Chedis there are mini statues, maybe related to some rituals.
View from Chedi:
Looked like an altar.
There are many elephants near to this area, some tourist like riding elephant than bicycle (I think it’s an exotic way to visit the temples here 🙂 )
Next, I visited Wat Lokayasutharam. It’s not easy to find this giant “Reclining Buddha Image” – I asked some Thailand people to get the right direction for this one.
Last one, I visited Wat Chai Watthanaram. Honestly this temple is too far to be reached by bicycle (but I have no other option XD).
Main Prang :
Finished my journey then I stayed in Baan Lotus Guesthouse (located near minibus station), nice & cheap guesthouse 🙂
At night, I walked around and found this small shop selling food.
Delicious food (oyster,egg,and bean sprouts – I don’t know how to call this food).