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Blogging From A to Z: A is for Ayutthaya

A is for Ayutthaya – today’s journey on 2021’s Blogging from A to Z Challenge takes us to Thailand.

Cooked rats as a snack!

We arrived in Ayutthaya after a longish road trip from Kanchanaburi. At least it felt long with a break for lunch, a visit to a factory where fabric is manually spun and let’s not forget the stopover at a roadside vendor selling cooked rats! Yes, rats… and birds. And, no, I didn’t have any.

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Moving on…

A city of archaeological ruins

Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s ancient and much of the old city consists of ruins with archaeological value. The astonishingly large structures of Wat Phra Si Sanphet are sadly beyond repair. Statues lie broken and scattered haphazardly over the site, the towers of the temple reminding me of an ancient civilization that was destroyed forcing inhabitants to leave, in a hurry. In fact, this is what happened – Ayutthaya was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767 leading to the fall of a city with commercial and diplomatic significance. The immensity of the site had me gazing in awe trying to imagine what it might have looked like in its prime.

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Wat Phra Si Sanphet
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Wat Phra Si Sanphet
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Wat Phra Si Sanphet
©2021 Regina Martins
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Wat Phra Si Sanphet
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The Buddha’s head is where…?

The image below evoked a “what the…?” reaction followed by a scramble to grab the best spot to photograph the Buddha head caught in the tree roots at Wat Mahathat.

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Wat Mahathat’s Buddha head in tree roots
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A train station from another time

From Ayutthaya, we boarded the night train to Chiang Mai. The Ayutthaya station is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen on my travels to date with polished wooden benches and a shiny red-tiled floor, reminding me of a 1940’s movie set. Why I don’t know. It just felt that way.

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A train station of times gone by
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A train station of times gone by indeed.

7 thoughts on “Blogging From A to Z: A is for Ayutthaya”

  1. Arghhhhhh! Oh my goodness! That pile of cooked rats!!!!

    Thank you for sharing views from Ayutthaya – we contemplated visiting some years back while we were in Bangkok, but for some reason or other, didn’t make it there. It looks fascinating ….

    1. Aside from the fantastic history of the place, one surprise for me was the amazing bakeries serving freshly baked goods and coffee 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! It’s wonderful to have you on the journey 🙂
      It is nice during these times to have photos to remember past travels by 🙂

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