Ayuttaya is an hour away by train from Bangkok and it only cost 80 baht for the 4 of us to get there (Less than 2 quid!). Not each! In total! It cost more to get to the skytrain from our house than from Bangkok to Ayuttaya.
Ayuttaya is the former capital of Siam and, in its pomp was one of the wealthiest cities on the planet. The kingdom that it was the hub of was larger than Britain and France combined. Then, it all went a bit Pete Tong. The Burmese invaded and much that was valuable was carted off to Rangoon or just destroyed. The island that was the centre of the old city is now a series of ruined Wats which make a fantastic day or two of wandering. Having arrived and enjoyed a spot of lunch, it was off to explore. The first surprise was that, for the time being, entrance was free to everything. RESULT! Could be something to do with the death of the King, but whatever the reason, you don't look a g h in the m.
First up for us was Wat Ratchanburna, if for no other reason than that it was opposite where we ate. This is, I think one of the grander Wats in the area. The central Hindu/Khmer style prang, which is the big tower (stupa) thing below is covered in carvings of lotus and mythical creatures and is well preserved and most impressive.
This temple dates from 1424 and was built by King Broom Rachathirat II. It is also the site for the cremation of his two brothers who died fighting each other for his throne.
All the area surrounding the prang is covered with the remains of Buddhas and other statues.
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I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.