How to go to Ayutthaya:
I wanted to do this DIY rather than join a group.
According to Tripadvisor, the best way to DIY Ayutthaya is by riding a minivan. Alternative options are taking the bus and train. We went with the minivan – read: parang FX. I found this blog as a guide in DIY-ing our Ayutthaya day.
We navigated our way from Sala Daeng to Victory Monument station. By reading the exit maps, we located Fashion Mall Shopping Center. In front of the mall are these minivans that will take us to Ayutthaya.
Someone collected BHT 60 when we got in. A couple of minutes later, some locals and some fellow tourists arrived. The presence of the tourists calmed me, we were riding the correct minivan.
When we arrived, there was this energetic small lady selling her Ayutthaya Temple Tour services. She whips out a laminated board with a map of the place and the temples that we are visiting.
She was amusing, so we said yes. We got the tour for BHT 700 for 4 hours – we haggled it down from BHT 800, saying it was the lean season anyway. We will just add for each additional hour.
|Our pink tuktuk|
As for the temple names, I cannot recall all of them. So just refer to this blog for their names. Hehehehe. I already have temple overload from Angkor Wat. This post won't be very helpful naming those temples. And the temples in Ayutthaya temples have longer names too.
|Emphasize the yellow para naman maiba|
|We are enlightened|
|The Wushu and Yoga pose|
There were lots of monks visiting the temples. Pilgrimage tours, perhaps?
|Lots of gold inside|
By this day, we were now wearing clothes that we bought during the trip. My dress was from Cambodia, while Sarah's malong pants were from Patpong's night markets.
Some other temples charge a minimum fee to enter - from BHT 20 to BHT 50. We didn't go inside all of them. We did some "see-pose-shoot-and-run" combo.
|See? No payong pose!|
Just when we though we'd kinda seen it all before, we saw this:
Ayutthaya Historical Park reminds me a lot of Angkor Wat. I guess we packed a lot of temples in this Indochina trip. Or maybe because we didn't have a private guide this time to tell us stories about these ruins? We didn't stay long after those four hours. At around 3pm, we were already heading back to Bangkok.