Our first stop on our visit to Ayuthaya was Wat Phra Mahathat. Built in 1374, the best thing here was the Buddha sandstone head in the photos tangled in the tree roots. It’s apparently the most photographed thing in Ayuthaya. All around the Wat were headless Buddha statues.
The photo of the chedis was taken at Wat Phra Si Sanphet. There are three large chedis surrounded by three smaller chedis. The rest of the photos were taken at Wat Ratburana. It’s undergoing major works due to flooding last year. The carvings on the top of the temples are of mythical creatures and were pretty cool.
In the afternoon we did a boat trip around the island of Ayuthaya (Pop hated it, thought there was too much poverty). One of our first stops was to Wat Phanan Choeng. Inside the wat was an enormous gold Buddha (well, 19 metres is pretty big). We visited quite a few other temples and saw a lot more Buddhas. There is also a photograph of Andrew in Ayuthaya’s own style tuk-tuk. The last stop was to Wat Chai Wattanaram, and I thought it was amazing. I think it was my favourite temple we’ve seen. Josh and Tristan wandered around with me and had a look, everybody else was “watted out.” It was peaceful and very beautiful at sunset. Apparently only 40 years ago it was still covered by jungle.
official website for unesco: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/576
tourism authority website with opening hours: https://www.tourismthailand.org/Attraction/Ayutthaya-Historical-Park–2352
The Buddha head imbedded in the tree trunk and roots in the grounds surrounding Wat Mahathat
This is one of the vihara, (Buddhist monastery) which is a satellite of the main Wat Mahathat. What is special about this one is that the Buddha in the front is still intact as the Burmese army decapitated most of them.
Same three chedis at Wat Phra Si Sanphet just photographed from different angles.
One of the chedi at Wat Phra Ram, it was built sometime between 1369 and 1434.
The most impressive thing in Wat Lokayasutharam is the enormous reclining Buddha, which is 37 m long and 8 m high.
Tourist Information for Ayuthaya:
Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 5 pm
Cost: Wat Lokaya Sutharam, Wat Thammikarat – no charge. The other wats charge 50 baht to enter.
One of our stops on the boat trip was to Wat Chai Wattanaram. It was made even more special at sunset. Unfortunately everyone was tired, hot and had, had enough.
Tourist Information Wat Chai Wattanaram
Open: 8.30 am – 5 pm
Cost: 50 Baht