|Strolling along in Wat Mahathat.
Piles, excuse me, MOUNTAINS of filthy garbage and debris from homes and buildings that gave off the most horrendous stench that could make a baby’s diaper smell like sweet roses. Dogs, stray rabies filled dogs, hungry, tired, abandoned and mean, looking for some Leash-Dawg to munch on, roaming the streets like they own the place. There was not a soul in sight, no buildings or markets open, no cars on the streets, no lights. I felt like I rolled up to a town during the wild wild west that had just been deserted after a shoot out. The water line from where the floodwaters had reached was taller than me in some places. This distinct line left its mark over the entire city as if to say, “Flood wuz here” like graffiti on the door of a bathroom stall.
|A building with a super high water line.
|Wall near my apartment with a water line taller than me. I'm 5"3'.
|My poor eyes were affected by the dust bowl.
|River surrounding the island of Ayutthaya.
Longstanding temples and ruins are dotted all over the city and as the town continued to repair itself post-flood, tourism picked back up right where it left off. Soon the ruinous town was back on its feet after the devastation it faced.
|Wat Yai Chaimongkal from the back side.
|Wat Yai Chaimongkal from the front. It's huge!
|Wat Mahathat, so many ruins packed in this beautiful park.
I’ve learned something great about Thai people, their persistence and determination for their home whether it’s their city, country, their place of business or their actual residence, is unstoppable. I admire their upbeat attitude and fortitude when it comes to getting the job done through a shattering event.
|Friends at the "Moustashio Bashio"
Location Location Location
Bangkok is a short (2 USD) hour ride away in an air-conditioned minibus for all my Westernized needs.
|View of Bang Pa-In from the watchtower.
|Glass maker creating trinkets at Bang Sai.
- Basket weaving
- Glass blowing
- Silk weaving
- Furniture making
- Thai doll making
- And tons more!
The property is gorgeous in itself; while I visited there was a wedding reception on the grounds alongside a bird park and a freshwater aquarium.
Say Wat? - Top Temples (Wats) in Ayutthaya
There are over 1600 wats in Ayutthaya but these are my favorites:
|Buddha headstone at Wat Mahathat.
|Reclining Buddha at Wat Yai Chaimongkal.
|Golden Buddha inside the temple of Wat Phananchoeng.
|Night market near my house.
|Floating market in Ayutthaya.
|Main drag of Chao Phrom Market.
Out on the Town
|Hilarious owner at Chang House.
Thai - Pretty much every market will have the best Thai food around. Street vendors that have a sit down option usually make the most incredible Thai food for about $1, can’t go wrong.
|Joyce owner of Ban Kaw Pod restaurant.
Sai Thong – Grab a table with a fabulous view of the Chao Phraya River and enjoy amazing Thai food. This restaurant is located directly across the street from Chomsurang Upatham School, where I taught everyday. It’s also recommended on Lonely Planet. The crab fried rice is heavenly.
On “Soi Farang” you can get a decent hamburger at Tony’s Place if you need some beef in your life and across the street at Plan B you can get a tasty pizza, a cheese plate and wine!
|Front of Sherwood Guesthouse
|Outside the Grandparent's Home.
So much to see, do and eat in Ayutthaya, so little time! If you need suggestions please email me at Alycia@travelonmyface.com or post a comment. I’d love to hear from you! If you have recommendations to add let me know!