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Thailand - 2005-07-13 - 01 - Ayuthaya - Wat Phanan Choeng

Even though we had called it an early night we were still late getting left this morning. One of the reasons is that we were late was because we spent a while waiting for the tuk-tuk that the hotel had called for us. Finally we gave up & walked to the street where we took the first one. He charged us 150 baht which was more than our hotel room & which was a total rip off. Although on the positives side that is still under $4 USD. On the positive side of that was that he was very quick & when he took us to the temple we wanted to visit before going to the train station we got in for free (30 baht each normally). While we were in looking around he also waited for us & watched our bags. I guess the more you think about it the better it sounds, but if you think of it in terms of percentages, it would be like paying $80 for his 30 minutes back home, so he made out really well.


Once in Wat Phanan Choeng you see numerous rows of Buddhas, a fat Buddha & a giant reclining Buddha. It also has a 19 meter high sitting Buddha image. You may wonder about the robes. Well according to LP "...on weekends is crowded with Buddhist pilgrims for Bangkok who pay for lengths of saffron-colored cloth to be ritually draped over the image." This was my favorite of the Ayuthaya sites & I wish we had more time to look around. If not for time constraints I could have stayed there a lot longer.

Either way we were back to the taxi in under 15 minutes & then went on to our train. Once we had bought the tickets we realized we had a few minutes to get something to eat, but by the train station the only real option is fried food. This seemed to happen to us all the time that the only thing we could eat before taking a train was fried food. It would be like there only being a McDonald's around every train station and about as unhealthy. There was not much nutrition to any of the fried food, but at least it was something to put in your stomach for the day & the train ride!

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