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Day 5, morning, Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya


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large_938978_12081072477473.jpgRats! Bbq-ed rat anyone? Next morning, almost a weekaway from home. Time flies when you're having fun.
We left for the ruins of Ayutthaya.

Before we got to the ruins the tour guides had a surprise for us. We stopped at a little shop
close to the road where the served the local delicacies of the area...rat and cobra. And because
you have to try everything at least once i ate a bbq'ed rat...didn't taste bad, it was just like chicken,
only a bit dry and with more herbs. Cobra wasn't available when we were there.

So after that little surprise we arrived at Ayutthaya. The city was build based on the building
style of the Cambodians, like the Angkor Wat. Ayutthaya used to be a city, that was attacked
several times by the Burmese. The city was destroyed in 1767.

It was HUGE.large_938978_12081072489829.jpgFinally...the ruins of Ayutthaya!Well of course it used to be a city... too bad that a lot of it was destroyed.
Every buddha we saw was broken, without a head or just completely cut in half. It also used to
be all gold around there, and the only thing we saw now were burns. The Burmese burned the city,
collected the molten gold and transported it to Birma.

The bricks were a beautiful color of red, and the towers and stupa's were mostly intact,
so we could get a lot of pictures. They also had a maquette of how the city used to be. The
morning was over by the time we left. We visited a small other city in the same style also the beautiful red bricks.
What was really special was the face of a buddha in the roots of a tree. In old times people hid the head
of the Buddha because of all the asaults. The roots of the tree didn't grow over it, but perfectly aroud it! Very
special to see, and very important for the people, who saw it as a sign.

We left for Pitsanuloke a little while later.

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Posted by Astreia 17:00 Archived in Thailand

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