Escape from the BIG MANGO to……….

Ayutthaya,

the ancient royal capital of Siam (Thailand) from 1350-1767-approximately one hour north of Bangkok.

We could only imagine the days when the 500 or more gold-coated wats ( temples) glistened on the banks of the three rivers surrounding Ayutthaya. The Khmer (Cambodian) style prangs (religious towers) can still be seen towering over the lush countryside. Unfortunately, the Burmese armies attacked and burned the city to the ground in 1767, dashing  away with the gold and leaving the temples in ruins. The brick interior and what remains of the plaster exterior can be seen in the pictures below:

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One Buddha is not enough in this religious town

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Floating along the ancient markets

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Tea time: Thai tea is sweet, milky, spicy, and DELICIOUS!

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The Next Day: Ko Kret Island: Home of the Mon People

My students hosted us on an outing to this ancient city (northern part of Bangkok) where the Mon people still survive today making intricately designed pottery and amazingly decorative sweets. The King of Siam settled these Burmese refugees on this island 200 years ago.

IMG_2610 Ko Kret Flower Market

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Artistic Sweets

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Mon Potters

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Boat Ride up the Chao Phraya River (main river running through Bangkok)

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After a long day sightseeing,

Thai style relaxation: facials for 1/10 of the US price

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2 responses to “Escape from the BIG MANGO to……….

  1. missy lytle

    What an amazing adventure! Wish I were there with you. Safe travels and tell Anna hello when you see her.

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