The old Thai capital city of Ayutthaya is an easy day trip from Bangkok. It is a sedate island city surrounded by three rivers: the Chao Phraya, the Pasak, and the Loburi. The city is like a miniature Angkor Wat area–there are many temples and ruins in close proximity. There are also examples of Burmese and Cambodian (Khmer) design influences due to its past invaders.
The above Buddha head and roots are located at Wat Mahatat, a traditional first stop in the city. It is one of the most touristed areas. There were a number of Buddha statues without heads at Ayutthaya ruins because the Burmese chopped the Buddha heads off out of disrespect when they invaded.
The silver temple below is called Wat Phu Khao Thong and is half Thai and half Burmese in design.
Roosters were positioned near the wat. We were told they are the king’s protectors.
Wat Watthanaram was my favorite wat in Ayutthaya. It is Khmer in design. The style is distinct because the top of buildings are rounded, and there are graduated levels of bricks.
The statue below is a giant reclining Buddha. This statue was grand. It was recently refurbished in the 1950′s, so it is a young site. Buddhists purchase small golden stickers and place them on the Buddha’s arm out of reverence.
E. snapped this picture as we drove by the elephant rides.
It costs less than a dollar to take a commuter train to Ayutthaya from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Station. If you take a trip to Ayutthaya, I highly recommend paying a tuk-tuk for a day because it is very difficult to walk to the ruins outside of the main center, especially in the heat. It will be worth the money to have a driver for at least three hours.