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Friday, 22 January 2016

The Siam Capital

Thailand will always be a special place to me. 
Being half Thai I'm lucky to be part of a country with great historic culture, beautiful beaches and spectacular sights. One of those sights in particular is Wat Maha That in Ayutthaya built all the way back in the 1300s. 

I visited the temple on my last trip to Thailand and was amazed by the architects of the ancient ruins of what was left behind after the Burmese attack. I came across a stunning Buddha head entwined in the roots of the banyan tree. The roots had perfectly grown around the Buddha head leaving the humble face to show.

Trairat Songpao
Trairat Songpao
Trairat Songpao
Trairat Songpao
Buddha at Wat Phanan Choeng
Inside one of the beautiful temples of Wat Phanan Choeng, my family and I all sat down to join a blessing ceremony. The blessing involved offering and presenting orange robes to the Buddha following by having the robes linked together and placed over the Buddha by helpers, and then passed along to worshippers to cover every person's head like a shelter whilst they prayed.

Trairat Songpao

Elephants are one of my favourite animals in the world! They're so friendly and we got to visit a bunch of them in Ayutthaya by the temples before we stopped off for something to eat. You can pay for an elephant ride however me being me, I preferred spending my money on buying the elephants a basket full of food to feed them. Some of them even cheekily snatched some from me when I wasn't looking!

If you're interested in going, Ayutthaya is directly north of the capital Bangkok and reachable in an hour by taxi or a shared mini van. Another way of transport to get there is by train and the journey can be between 1 hour 15 minutes - 1 hour 45 minutes from Hualamphong station. Depending on your preferences you can ride in 3rd class with trains running every hour, or the express train that runs faster however less frequently.

Altogether the trip was very interesting learning about the ruins and a must do if you're in Bangkok. 

Photography by my talented Uncle Trairat Songpao 


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