Founded in 1350, it’s any wonder that people can’t agree on the spelling of this ancient city. Not that I’m aware of people disagreeing; I only come to this conclusion after seeing about four different spellings across maps, signs and the internet (could it be true that the internet isn’t totally accurate?).
Today was the day I left Bangkok in my journey to head north, via Ayutthaya (I’m sticking with this spelling), a lesser known ancient city and often overshadowed by it’s neighbouring Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, but no less amazing to see – I would put Ayutthaya on my ‘must see in Thailand’ list.
It was a scorcher of a day, and we arrived into Ayutthaya just before midday to the friendly staff a Bann Eve who handed us water and a place to sit under the cool trees of their outdoor dinning area.
The Swiss couple I had met on the train going up put forward the option of the three of us splitting a tuk tuk to take us around the city for three hours. I was happy for the company after four days mostly on my own, so agreed this was a good idea. Unfortunately, it was the height of the afternoon heat, when normally I would return to the hotel for a few hours of rest and heading back out again when the heat had passed (somewhat).
I didn’t have the luxury of a siesta this time with my overnight bus leaving for Chiang Mai that night, so the three us put on the sunscreen, armed ourselves with water and out we went.
You can also hire bikes to cycle around the town of Ayutthaya, but it is a very LARGE town and even in the cooler months (which in Thailand are about 28-30 degrees), I think I’d still find it a struggle. Thank goodness for our tuk tuk!