"ON BIKE THROUGH THE ANCIENT RUINS AND VILLAGES OF AYUTHAYA"

 
   The legend of Ayuthya began when king Ramadhibodi 1 (U-Thong) settled his city and announced it the center of his kingdom in  
   1350. It functioned loyally since then till 1767 when the Burmese army broke into the city and seriously destroyed it into ruins.  
   The total 417 years of its legend had marked many periods of uprise and decline of the kingdom.  
   Travelling through the ancient ruins of Ayuthya on bike will bring you closely back to the idea of the prosperous period of the  
   city which was once even bigger than London, and of its decline when the people in charge were divided into groups and never  
    trusted one another and finally led to its falls in 1569 and 1767 respectively. Many classic scenes of the ruins as well as the current  
    lifestyle of Ayuthaya people is anticipated during this half  day biking.   
     
     
 
       
           
 
       
 
       
           
           
                                 
     
   Our biking starts within the Ayuthaya island closed by the Chaophrom day market. We  
   bike pass the ruins of wat Ratchaburana and wat Mahatat, and make our first stop  
   at wat Phra Srisanpet in the ancient palace.This temple was built on the part of the  
   palace devoted by king Borommatrilokanart and served the royal ceremonies since  
   then till the final fall of Ayuthaya kingdom in 1767. The idea to make the temple in  
           the palace ground and allow no monks to reside had been proceeded on to Thonburi          
           and Bangkok capital afterwards.          
   The outstanding scene of this temple is the big 3 chedis of the 3 Ayuthaya kings at the  
   center. The photo can be taken beautifully at any time of the day, from the dim to the  
   clear sky period, or even by night when illumination is presented daily till 09:00 PM.  
   The ancient palace was next after the wall of the temple. Nothing more than the bases  
   of the buildings can be seen after they were seriously destroyed by the cruel war and  
    time. Jujube trees now dominate the whole area. different species of birds reside here  
           and make this area another heaven for the bird watchers.          
           A small elephant camp is not so far from the temple. Tourists can ride on the elephants          
   alongside this world heritage. During the Tsunami disaster in 2004, these elephants  
   were sent down to search the dead victims in the areas beyond the human reach.This  
   camp is only for day use.All elephants will walk back to the elephant kraal of Ayuthaya  
   near Lopburi river in the north of the island.  
   Biking further westward and crossing the Chaophraya river, finally we arrive the  
   famous wat Chaiwatanaram. It was built by king Prasart thong in the early 17th century  
           on the cremation site of his mother. Its plan resembles that of Angkor Wat in Siemriep,          
           Cambodia, as such to remind people of his great victory against the Cambodians.          
   It appears many times in the scenes of many international movies such as the Mortal  
   Combat. On the temple front across the river is the beautiful Thai wooden mansion  
   of the Queen which the crownprince built on the king's land and presented her during  
   her birthday anniversary.  
   We now bike back to Ayuthaya island and head northwards. Many photo stops are at  
    the complex of Wat Lokyasutaram (reclining buddha), wat Worachetharam and wat  
            Dhammikkarat before we cross out of the island again. Coffee break can be taken in a          
            in a small resort in the neighborhood.Only Arabica and expresso can be ordered here.          
   We continue on bike through the ruins of many small but undisturbed temples. Their  
   meaningful buildings and splendid views are emphasized, ie the personal meditation  
   tower at wat Chaoya and the ficus root door frame at wat Phra Ngam.Story is not the  
   main concern since nothing much has been recorded about them.  
   Ayuthaya city was honored by the Unesco, one of the 5 world heritages from Thailand.  
   This organization gives financial support annually to preserve these heritages to the  
           original closest. Many bricks are highly demanded to replace the old damaged brick          
            structures.The household brick making factories around here work steadily to supply          

   their demand.  
   We entered a factory to study the brick making procedure and continue onto the main  
    road again. Now we bike downward and cross the Pasak river back to the island. The  
    final stop of the trip is at wat Mahatat.  
    Wat Mahatat is an old temple in the early Ayuthaya period. It was built on the site  
    where a relic of the great Buddha miraculously beamed up to the sky 34 years after the  
             Ayuthaya establishment. As similar to Sukhothai system, it had been the main center          
           for the monks in town where many royal ceremonies were performed in. Its importance          
   declined when wat Phrasrisanpet was built up to serve the royal ceremonies instead.  
   Many ruins in this big temple are charmful but the impression is more on the dropping  
   sandstone head of the Buddha being protected by a ficus root.Taking photos with the  
    head is possible only when we are sitting by. Back to the bike, and we bike back to the  
    start with full content of historical background and the best impression of this world  
    heritage.We have learnt many lessons and memorized them with the hope that history  
            may not repeat.