So after a few days absorbing the culture of Bangkok including temples, food, smiling people and yes Khoa San Road I decided to take a trip to Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya was once the largest city and trading capital of Asia with its ideal location between China, India and Malaysia. Today there are just the remains of this ancient city and it is now a UNESCO world heritage site.

From Bangkok it is around 2-3 hours on the train. This is the cheapest and easiest mode of transport costing around 20 baht (50 pence) for a third class ticket. If you get on the train early enough you will no doubt get a seat, so sit back and enjoy the scenic view it is well worth that 20 baht.

Buddha head amongst tree roots in Wat Mahathat

Ayutthaya is quite a large site and there is very little shade so don’t forget water, sunscreen and your sunnies. You can rent a bicycle out for the day in order to visit the ruins or you can take a tuk -tuk, depending on whether your feeling adventurous or would prefer to not sizzle in the sun. There are some truly beautiful ruins of statues and temples, some of which date back to the 14th century. I would highly recommend a visit to Ayutthaya to see not only temples but for a brief escape from the craziness of Bangkok.

thetravellingnurse x

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