Ayutthaya and endless Buddhas.

Next up was Ayutthaya, one of Thailand’s old capital cities.

Located in the valley of the Chao Phraya River, the city was founded in 1350 by King U Thong, who went there to escape a smallpox outbreak in Lop Buri. Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai.

Strewn with epic sized Buddhas, swaddled in vibrant orange cloth, busy yet still serene at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

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Here you can see the scale of some of them, they make the tourists look like little ants.

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Once again Neil scaled the heights while I sat and “contemplated” (mainly how to get out of climbing steps in 36 degrees heat!!)

Here’s one of my favourite pics of the whole holiday. Neil passing a line of serene, saffron clad Buddhas. Again at Wat Yai Chai Mongkon

And here you can see the ruined grandeur of the old city.

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