Here we are for another week of TRAVEL PHOTO THURSDAY. I’m here in Daejeon actively looking for signs of spring. I actually found one yesterday! My neighborhood Buddhist temple has a magnolia tree with buds!! I’ll be walking by this tree everyday now until it blooms. I promise that I will post a photo of the event!
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Ayutthaya, Thailand is a world UNESCO site with a rich history. At one time the city was the capital of Thailand. Visiting from Bangkok is very easy and inexpensive. A third class train will get you there for less than 100 Thai Baht. Once you arrive, you’re really at the mercy of the tuk-tuk drivers. I found out from experience that there’s less chance of getting ripped off if you take a tuk-tuk from the station. If you’re traveling alone, as I was, try and find someone to share with. That will keep your costs down and budget intact. Try to go early in the morning before the crowds. This is a popular trip for school kids, and they arrive by the hundreds at around 10am.
The Buddha’s Head is popular with anyone who has a camera. Read the rules that are posted, before you photograph. You shouldn’t stand above the Buddha when photographing. This is disrespectful.
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For budget travelers who opt to take the train, this is a day tour that won’t break the bank. Your biggest expense will be the tuk tuk. The ruins are spread out, so it’s almost impossible to avoid. As I mentioned above, if you’re traveling alone try and find someone to share the expense with.
I almost forgot…lots of monks take the third class train. Somehow an old monk ended up in my seat. The Thais were very concerned for me. Now, was I about to turn an elderly monk out of a seat? I just smiled and found another seat. It’s all part of the adventure!
Here are a couple of links, if you want to learn more about Ayutthaya.