Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya is another beautiful world heritage site of Thailand. Ayutthaya is 73 kms north of Bangkok, plenty of transportation facilities and can be reached in an hour. Bangkok is well connected to other parts of world. Ayutthaya is named after Ayodhya in India, the birth place of Lord Rama
of Ramayana. What I have not forgotten about my visit to this place are
large Buddha statues and monasteries where prayers are offered till
date. Many parts of this historical site are in ruins. Some of the
statues are in the open exposed to sun and rain year after year.

For those of you doing an Asia tour, you can book flight tickets to Bangkok is connected to many of the Indian cities by many airlines.

(series of Buddha idols in ruins)

As soon as we alighted from the bus from Bangkok at Ayutthaya’s bus stop a couple of tuktuk drivers approached us. In broken English they conversed with us. I was prepared with just a map of Ayutthaya and the important Wats that I wanted to cover in that single day. Soon we reached to some kind of agreement on the fare. I was still a little apprehensive thinking what if this guy takes us all to a remote corner of the ruin, loot us and then dump us. Almost immediately, as if some telepathy, the tuktuk driver took out some official paper having phone numbers and address of the local police station. I was feeling a little embarrassed thinking could he read my mind. But more than that, I was relieved and we set off to tour Ayutthaya with him. 

(series of Buddha idols in Ayutthaya worshiped)

Napoleon's Fontainebleau, Paris
Interiors of Fontainebleau Palace, Paris

18 Responses to “Ayutthaya, Thailand

  • prayers are offered even now!

  • Very interesting and nice captures! However, they should do something to preserve the statues of such historical value….

  • Wow…how exciting that you can visit these wonderful, exotic places.

  • Both lines are lovely – the complete and the incomplete. Very zen.

  • Lovely photos! what an adventure you bring us! 🙂 and I'm glad it ended good, your bus drive. how fun with the possible telepathy.. =)

  • you are smart to be cautious – even if the tour person could almost read your mind. 🙂

  • I agree with TexWis, it's always wise to be cautious. Both places are indeed lovely and, yes, very zen! You do visit some wonderful, fascinating places, Indrani, thanks for sharing them with us! Have a great weekend!

  • Amazing to see. Lucky you and lucky us that you share.

    You're wise to be cautious. I suspect he read your eyes. Perceptive guy.

  • Sometimes the lesser known places are much better than the usual tourist attractions! It sure must be so serene out there!

  • Is this the first part?You must be having more information to share?With its name linked to Ayodhya,
    any sculptures/idols linking to Ramayan?
    Don't they have Architectural department to preserve these places?Looking forward to more.

  • What a cool place to visit. I am happy that you had a safe and great tour. Great shots! Have a happy weekend!

  • Dear Indrani.
    Happy Women's Christmas!
    Captivated me all your beautiful photos and a fantastic article ..
    I send kisses and greetings ..

  • Ayutthaya is a fascinating place to visit. Happy Women's day !

  • Fascinating post! You have been to some wonderful places, and as I may never see them in person, I appreciate you sharing them with us even more. Thank you Indrani and wishing you a great weekend.

  • Interesting place and the ruins seem charming and intruiging. Its amazing that it is named after Ayodhaya. Thanks for sharing Indrani.

  • Interesting place. You have captured it well.

  • Beautiful Images ! Now I think this will be a place to visit. When I no not. Some day I will get in touch to plan my trips as and when I decide to do Europe/Thailad. Have you thought/done Egypt ?

  • Ayutthaya/Ayodhya. Wow. The connections we have all over never ceases to amaze me.

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