A Day Of Ruins

Wat Mahathat

Ayutthaya is an ancient city that was formerly used as the capital of Thailand for over 400 years, it has been defeated by the Burmese army on many occasions over the years, which led to Thailand moving it's capital to it's current resting place of Bangkok.

Today sees it designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as it boasts numerous substantial ruins and that was our main reason for coming here. We stayed two nights, with one full day, but you could easily spend several days exploring all the different sights. You can hire a bike or a tuk tuk to take you around the ruins, but we decided to do it on foot as we enjoy walking. We made a plan as to the route we'd take, where we could see if we had time to visit another site at the end of the day.

Thai Visa And Night Market

Night market Ayutthaya

We are both fully well and feeling extremely happy again. Saying goodbye to the people at our guesthouse we head off in the direction of Ayutthaya. We bought some CD's for the car in the market yesterday, so we drove along in the sunshine, not a care in the world, with rock ballads playing and us singing along. We stopped en-route for a picnic with a few bits of food we picked up yesterday and arrived in Ayutthaya mid afternoon. We checked into a guesthouse for a couple of nights, dropped our bags and went off with the intention of investigating the area. We got talking to an American guy and started discussing visas. We knew before we arrived that the visa we would get on arrival (30 days) would not cover the length of time we plan to be here and he advised us that we could easily get our visas renewed here in Ayutthaya to extend till the time we move on to Cambodia.

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