Photos: Ruins and Roots in Ayutthaya


Buddha and roots, Wat Phra Mahathat

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This is probably the most photographed object in all of Thailand.

Once the Siamese royal capital, Ayutthaya was conquered and burned to the ground by the Burmese in 1767. At the time, it boasted a population for over one million, was a major trading hub, and was considered to be the grandest city in all of Asia. The old city sits on a small island formed by the convergence of three rivers and is a wonderful travel destination. The ruins are spread throughout the island, intermixed with modern buildings and easily visited by foot, tuk tuk or bicycle.

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Tavia April 7, 2010 at 3:01 am

Wonderful picture!! Its a little funny tho. Sorta looks like The Alamo? :)
The Tall stucture (whatever its called?)…are those vines growing out of the sides of it? At the top.
I like the ideal of them leaving it alone,’ as is’. Not trying to clean it up for the tourist.
You are a lucky man indeed dear cousin. Hope you had a beautiful day…with a little cool breeze to help you along.


Tavia April 7, 2010 at 3:07 am

It was the last picture of your set. (High way view by night) I just realized this is commenting for all the photos. Also the “wings n wings” I hate to ask…but did you get a frontal picture of the stone bird man. ( i’m sure its called something nicer than that? ) lol


wes April 7, 2010 at 5:06 am

Afraid I couldn’t get a better shot of the bird man — he was a good 20 feet above me…


Anna April 7, 2010 at 3:05 am

Wow – I get a nice, serene feeling looking at those pictures. Like this place would be really good for the soul.


wes April 7, 2010 at 6:08 am

Indeed, it’s a very peaceful spot. And mostly empty this time of the year. I saw maybe 4-5 other people while I was there…


Cate April 7, 2010 at 3:20 am

What a great blog, what fantastic photos! I will base a trip on this.


Bill Gillespie April 7, 2010 at 4:25 am

Very cool.


Joel April 7, 2010 at 5:32 am

Beautiful photos, Wes. I’m dying to hear more about Ayutthaya. It’s one of the parts of Thailand that a good friend of mine talked up for several years, so I’m looking forward to checking it out.
.-= Joel´s last blog ..Los Angeles Travel Blogger Meet-up – April 21st =-.


wes April 7, 2010 at 5:49 am

I have to say that I think it’s my favorite stop here so far. Not touristed out, very laid back, amazing ruins and small enough to get around easily. Cheap, too. Very glad I came.


Tavia April 7, 2010 at 5:50 am

eeek! 20 feet! wow i feel sorry for the suckers who had to build it. :) kidding. Its still a great picture. Looking forward to seeing and hearing more from ya. Go get em tiger. ;)


wes April 7, 2010 at 6:01 am

The tower, called a Prang, (stop giggling) is a good 100 feet high. Really impressive and really tricky to capture on film due to the height.


Michael April 8, 2010 at 6:34 am

nice shots
hey, where are you staying?
some excellent local food to be had around town


wes April 8, 2010 at 11:52 am

I stayed 2 nights at Tony’s Place, right at the edge of the guest house area. Nice place with lots of teak and a real travel community vibe. Had some decent eats at the night market.