Ayutthaya is the ancient capital of Thailand. The central island stands at the confluence of the Chao Phraya, Lop Buri and Pasak Rivers. It was once a major power, wealthy, open to Western traders by the early 15th century. In 1767 the Burmese sacked Ayuthaya and the capitol shifted to Bangkok.
I thought the jewel of this site was Buddha’s head trapped in a Strangler Fig Tree.
The ruins were quiet, shady and lovely.
I liked the Khmer style chedi’s made of brick. It reminded me of Wat Arun
Sometimes there were many chedi’s clustered together.
There were ruins that looked faintly Grecian to me.
I thought this sculpture was beautiful, with the sheer draped skirt.
This Hindu sculpture was made Buddhist by draping it with robes.
I drove Leslie nuts because I had to climb every staircase
This ancient temple was huge and impressive.
This is my happy tourist
Then we went around a corner and we were in a modern, busy Wat. It was crowded with worshipers.
People had left offerings of soap and tea for the Monks.
I love the drapery around this tree. That means it is a sacred, protected shrine.
We rode back to Bangkok on the Chao Phraya river. As always, the scenery was impressive. The boat was part of the Four Season Hotel service and had a huge buffet. Our drinks were garnished with orchids. We were living the dream.