Seriously, trying to figure out which is which can be confusing. I was told by a guide the other day that stupas are meant to contain a relic of the Buddha, like a tooth or a bowl he used or something. This strikes me as very much in the vein of catholic churches and their obsession with relics. In fact, I have been surprised by how…iconographic the whole of Thai Buddhism seems to me. I guess from my readings I was hoping to find something more abstract, but people around the world love an idol i guess. I find all the imagery really distracting and oftentimes bordering on kitch. Seeing them as cultural, or art objects I can find a great appreciation. Seeing them as divine turns me off.
Anyway, I arrived in Ayutthaya this morning from Bangkok, and I have to say, it was a breeze compared to my last few days. I just went to the train station, looked at the times and bought my ticket. Just like that.
Ayutthaya is an AMAZING place (albeit hotter than hell. Is this REALLY the cool season? wtf?). The ruins are incredible. And I definitely recommend renting a bike as I did, as the whole town is easily accessible in this manner. So, without further ado, I present the pics: