Ayutthaya was our attempt to inject some of quintessential Thailand beauty into our otherwise beachy and outdoorsy visit. I wanted to see some Wats, walk around, and absorb some culture. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s a UNESCO world heritage site, making me believe that its worth an hour long jaunt away from the Bangkok city center.
It turns out that it doesn’t matter how much research you do, things aren’t always the way you imagine them to be. It wasn’t at all like a preserved park like I thought it was. Wats were scattered around a suburb of Bangkok as if they were obtrusive unmovable fixtures to be built around. We hired a tuk tuk for three hours to see 6 Wats, and it turned out to be a wonderful experience. I think if we didn’t have our backpacks, it would have been lovely to do a bike tour just to make it that much more adventurous. The heat wasn’t as oppressive as it was in southern Thailand, and the traffic bustled so heavily that it would have been quite the experience.
It was a wonderful experience and I feel like some of the best most beautiful pictures of the trip were taken during this excursion.