Thailand | Parting Ways with SE Asia

Ayutthaya was wonderful for its history; the city is built practically on top of the old one, full of countless temples and beauties. Not to mention, Joshua found himself a kitty cat, which he is seriously thinking about stealing, as she is the most playful and wonderful little thing.

We rented a motorbike and explored the countless temples, including the well known Wat Phra Mahathat, which houses the famous Buddha head in tree roots. Alongside this temple, the most notable were Wat Ratburana and Wat Phra Si Sanphet. Wat Ratburana had even taller temples and less people, which is always a plus. You could even climb atop the main stupa, then descend into its depths to find an old crypt with fading murals. Wat Phra Si Sanphet, on the other hand, is a deservingly popular image of Ayutthaya, with three grand stupas all in a row. It was probably my favorite, though the day’s energy was certainly at a low point. Our favorite part of Ayutthaya, however, was its quaint night market, which had countless hot dishes and more sticky rice than I knew what to do with. Regrettably, we decided to try durian, which tasted as bad as it smells, and still comes back to us from time to time.

Kanchanaburi was our last stop before returning to Bangkok, home of the bridge over the River Kwai. I will tell you: not a particularly impressive sight. Also, the train’s peculiar schedule prevented us from riding the Death Railway, the construction of which killed an estimated 116,000 people during Japan’s POW fiasco. However, we did get to see our other anticipated sight, the Tiger Temple. Though the place was a bit of a sad zoo, the monks have managed to breed dozens of tigers in captivity, which is notoriously difficult to do. Having started with less than 10 tigers, they now have over 40. For such an endangered species, we felt like any effort was appreciated, however inhonerable the intentions. In any case, we had fun touching the beauties, which rolled about sleepily in the sun. Since the town is a little touristy for our taste, we look forward to returning to Bangkok, where we have planned to dine with Josh’s friends Steve and Sherry before setting off for India.

Things We Already Miss About SE Asia:

  1. Street Food: Delicious, fresh, cheap, and made right in front of you, you cannot go wrong with a delicious Pat Thai or fried whatsit. Food is nearly always served with a smile after a round of universal laughing.
  2. The People: By and large, SE Asia offered up some kind souls. Seared into our minds are countless kind individuals, all of whose smiles were dearly appreciated.
  3. Fun Chaos: From buses to city traffic, SE Asia has a lot of charm to offer on its bustling streets. Take a rot-dang or tuk-tuk to enjoy the madness, or perch yourself near the action for endless people watching opportunities.

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