Thailand: The Journey to Ayutthaya, Bangkok & Pattaya Day 1Friday, February 12, 2010
Finally after a Year, I decided to post my last trip to Thailand on 2010 CNY…
Well Thanks to Air Asia for making traveling so affordable… I book my ticket approximately 9 months ahead and just 2 months before departure I plan my iternary, read hundreds pages of traveler’s advise and comment and book day trips as well as hotels..
First I booked my Bangkok & Pattaya 4D3N with Cempaka Travel Bug as I want to save time travelling between Pattaya and Temples around Bangkok. Next I booked a day trip to Ayutthaya with Mama Tour as recommended by some of the traveler. We reach Bangkok at approximately 11pm, we check in to Citin Hotel, Pratunam and then went down to the stall nearby our Hotel. The Hotel is still new and thus the area is quite clean and the room is well maintained. The location of the hotel is very convenience too, as the Pratunam Market just few minutes walk away…. Besides we can also walk around 15minutes to MBK
1) AYUTTHAYA THE HISTORICAL CITY
I must say the weather in Ayutthaya is HaWttttt; mostly due to the high temperature and also the dry and sandy environment that I can’t barely see a tree… It become worst when the bus that bring us from one monument to another is a non-air conditioned type!!! We actually buy a few bottles of mineral water every time we stop by. Lucky it’s not that costly, 10 bath each bottle.
Basically the Mama Tour is not bad, I couldn’t expect more because the package they offer was quite cheap. It cost a total of RM 90 each for a day trip in Ayutthaya that includes visits to Wat Phukhao Thong. Wat Thammikarat, Wat Lokayasutha and Wat Phra Mahathat. They provide a free lunch during the trip as well, so called can eat type of meal!
Ayutthaya was declared as a World heritage site by UNESCO. Undoubtedly behind each places in Ayutthaya has its own stories…
The driver pick us up at 8am in our hotel and bring us to a meet up point near their office in Bangkok. Then we were transfer to another mini bus and start our journey to Ayutthaya.
The first stop was at Wat Phu Khao Thong (Golden Mount), a huge fade off white chedi set in a field overseeing the countryside surrounding Ayutthaya.
Location: About 3 km north of town, west off the Ang Thong Rd
Next we head to Wat Thammikarat, leaning tall brick column at great angle surrounding the large roofless viharn. It was founded by Phraya Thammikarat, a son of King Sainam Phung before the Ayutthaya period.
Location: U-Thong Rd
The next spot was my favorite because we get to drink sweet aromatic Thai Roast Coconut under a Huge Tree. Its nearby Wat Lokkyasutharam. Besides the Famous reclining Gold Buddha in Wat Pho there is another Giant Reclining Buddha located in Wat Lokkyasutharam, Ayutthaya Thailand. Since I cannot withstand the direct sunlight, I bought a oversize hat, using my bargaining tactic it just cost me 60 Bath. Usually the reclining Buddha covered with a saffron colored robe, but on my arrival the robe wasn’t there anymore.
Location: Pratuchai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
The last spot we visited was the Wat Mahathat, a huge space to look around and admire all the architecture details. There are quite a numbers of Buddha statue whereby the head was chopped off. For more historical stories behind these places please visit this website.
Location: Chikun, Tha Wasukri, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Well we ended up with sweat and fishy smell after visiting all these monuments…The journey back was tiring and I fall asleep in the bus…
2) The walk to Central City of Bangkok, SIAM PARAGON & MBK
We reach the meet up point around 5pm and our passion for shopping has never stop and so without bothering all the tiredness we took a tuk tuk to Siam Paragon. At first was thinking to get a cab but the road was so busy and traffic is bad. The rider is so efficient he able to get us there in less than 20 minutes by going through all the short cuts between building and houses! Thumbs Ups!!!
While walking inside Siam Paragon, we got hungry so we stop at this Japanese Burger Restaurant, MOS. Well I order a pork burger with satay sauce…
We walk to MBK and grab quite a number of stuff while shopping there especially my brother.
The food was decent, not to say very good but it’s has the best varieties of sushi and also fish balls and seafood to choose from.
Well the day 1 has ended and time to head back to hotel…My feet felt sore already even it’s just first day…