In Part I of this post, I covered the stunning temple of Wat Pho, the messy but yet delightful ride of Chao Phraya Express, and one of a kind floating market, yup! A market built on water, navigated by motor boats. If you haven't see the pictures, check it out. I'm a little proud of my iPhone photography skills :) ... Alright, lets dive into part 2 of my Bangkok stop ...
Ayutthaya is a city in Thailand, about 80 kilometers north of Bangkok. It was capital of the Kingdom of Siam, and a prosperous international trading port, from 1350 to 1767. The ruins of the old city now form the Ayutthaya Historical Park, an archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues.
It must have been the hottest place in all of Thailand. When my tour guide and I first stepped out of the car and she flung open the umbrella, I said 'What are you doing? We'll be fine, we don't need that" ... moments later, I asked her to cover me. I was covered in sweat, the sun was scorching hot but oh my oh my, the visit was worth it.
Ayutthaya is a world Heritage property that spreads across 289 hectare. The city was ideally situated at the head of the Gulf of Siam, equi-distant between India and China and well upstream to be protected from Arab and European powers who were expanding their influence in the region even as Ayutthaya was itself consolidating and extending its own power to fill the vacuum left by the fall of Angkor. As a result, Ayutthaya became a center of economics and trade at the regional and global levels, and an important connecting point between the east and the west.
I generally don't like splitting up blog posts into parts but Bangkok was such a loaded trip that splitting this post is the only way to go. Alright, lets take it from the top...
At first, I sorta hated it. Overcrowded, messy, everything available in excess. Traffic was hurroundes. Just walking down the street felt like I should have a face mask on, the pollution and heat was crawling on my skin.... but then I started seeing a more beautiful side to Bangkok. As I explored the city, like the Chao Phraya Express Boat, Wat Pho temples and the private tour of the floating market, I realized there are so many layers to this region, filled by history, epic tale stories and stunning landscapes and nature. Have a look for yourself...
Riding Chao Phraya Express Boat
In the old days, Bangkok was comprised of hundreds of small canals or “khlong” in Thai and local people mainly traveled by water. They relied heavily on the waterways as this mode of transportation is faster, more convenient and efficient than the land route. I decided to take Chao Phraya Express Boat, a transportation service in Thailand operating on the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok. It was quite a scene.
*Part one covers first stop, Boston. Scroll down to Part II for the rest of the road trip.
53 days long, yup! That's how long it took to drive across America and Canada, from Montreal to Montreal. This post wraps up the entire road trip on North America from summer of 2015 (yup, I am a year behind on content for this blog).
Much like a scrap book, I've put a little bit of everything in this post, highlights of my adventure, yummy foods and landscapes that took my breath away. I've also complied a few videos of the many random clips I shot on my camera and iPhone... no fancy production, just trying to create a sense for my adventure. This road trip was about connecting with nature and earth rather then doing some wild thing so...here it goes...