My Pride, My Thai part 28: Ayutthaya


Over the years, I have probably been to Ayutthaya just north of Bangkok more times than I can recollect. It’s within an easy reach from Bangkok, and as Siam’s former capital and one of the most important trading towns in the 1700’s, it’s basically temple-heaven with lots of tranquility at the banks of Chao Phraya River (River of Kings). Ayutthaya (also known as Ayudhia, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, or just the Thai version พระนครศรีอยุธยา), is the provincial capital of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province in the so-called central Thailand. A decade ago, the population of this charming town was estimated at just above 80.000 people, about half of Trondheim. There is one very touristy part of Ayutthaya, but there are also another part which is not so frequently visited. 


To read: My Pride, My Thai part 1: The Preparation (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 2: The flight (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 3: The arrival (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 4: The first morning (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 5: Big C (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 6: Bangkok (opens in a new tab).  

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 7: 200 THB to heaven (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 8: Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 9: Being a celebrity in Thailand (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 10: From Sisakhet to Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 11: Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new  tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 11-B: Coffee Love at Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 12: The long drive to see the King (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 13: Hua Hin Inbox (opens in a new window).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 14: Returning to Kanchanaburi (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 15: The luxurious resort (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 16: LiT Bangkok Hotel (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 17: Nearing the end (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 18: Departure for Norway (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 19: The two forgotten hotels (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 20: Back to work again… (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 21: The new dawn starts right here (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 22: The homecoming (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 23: A world away (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 24: Hello sir… (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 25: Prachuap Khiri Khan - Hua Hin (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 26: Hua Hin - Bangkok via Had Chao Sam Ran beach (opens in a new tab). 

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 27: Coffee’s Love at Petchaburi (opens in a new tab). 


One of my planned destinations would be to spend a day again back in Ayutthaya. It turned out to be a rather busy day, with lots of sacred temples on the list to visit. I also managed to get time to drop by a rather . ehhhh. horrific park containing massive amounts of statues describing what would happen to you in your afterlife if you choose to live your life in the wrong way, and not in accordance with Buddhist teachings. Also on the program this day was paying respects at a giant statue of Lord Buddha, a visit to both Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Si Sanphet, as well as a visit to a riverside restaurant for dinner: a restaurant I had been visiting for the past 2 decades, and which still serves delicious and spicy local food. 








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