Tuesday 26 December: Ayuthaya Temples by bicycle|
Cycling from temples to temples, Ayuthaya used to be the Venice of the east, now lots and lots of ruins dotted between the town, river and some very big motorway like roads.
1- Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya
Our first stop was Wat Mahathat, well known for the beautiful head in the tree.
2- Wat Ratchaburana, Ayutthaya
lots of climbing min this one, we also went down a very dark crypt with some murals still there and some beautiful details left on the main temple.
3- Wat Phra si Santhet
Lots of pointy ones, busiest especially with school kids and one very smelley full of bats tower.
4- Wat PhraRam, was darker and smaller but some nice passing elephants, although not sure the most iconic way to ride them along a road!
5- Wat Lokayasutharam, Temple of the Reclining Buddha
One impressive reclining buddha for our next stop. Had to refill and lunch on icecream as just no food available anywhere.
This one really reminded us of the one we visited in Cambodia.
getting colder and wetter
To help with all the cycling we tasted a local speciality Roti Sai Mai a rolled pancake filled with pandan leaf candy floss
7- Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon
last temple of the day, this was was a bit nightmare to get to with bridges and multi lanes of mad traffic and we has been cycling all day in the rain but worth the effort as it was one of the most impressive with all the fabrics around the buddhas, some very realistic wax monks inside and another reclining buddha
we returned tired legs and soaked to the bones. We also had many hours to kill until our train, luckily our hotel restaurant did amazing ginger and honey tea we drank pots off. All the london layers came out of the case on this occasion...