Sunday, August 19, 2012
Day 4 - Ayutthaya (Wat Lokayasutha and Wat Yai Chai Mongkol - Reclining Buddhas)
We took a tuk tuk from the railway station to this place - Wat Lokayasutha at 100baht. We wanted to go to this temple where there is a reclining buddha. Actually we chanced upon here (Wat Lokayasutha) by mistake. I told the tuk tuk driver that we wanted to go to the place where we could see the reclining buddha and he brought us here. During the tuk tuk ride, we already sensed that he was driving us to the wrong place as he was heading towards where we came from. However, when we reached here, we were "wowed" by the scale of the reclining buddha and I think it was really beautiful. No admission fee was required here and there were much fewer tourists here. This place is also not commonly mentioned in guidebooks I think.
We asked the tuk tuk driver to bring us to the other temple where we could see the other reclining buddha. He charged us another 100baht. This temple is actually nearer to the railway station.
Admission to this temple - Wat Yai Chai Mongkol is 20 baht.
The more famous reclining buddha in Ayutthaya which I came across while researching on Ayutthaya before the trip.
I saw a shrine and inside, there were so many doraemon soft toys!!
After we ended our own tour around this temple, the tuk tuk driver brought us back to the railway station. We checked the train schedule and the staff told us that the train was delayed by 1 hour!! There were some locals at the train station asking us whether we wanted to take the bus or mini van. We asked for the cost and we decided on the mini van for just 60 baht per person back to Bangkok, so much cheaper than the short tuk tuk ride! Furthermore, It was air-conditioned and it was a smooth and comfortable 45 minutes ride back to the city. :)
We both took the front seat, next to the driver.
Back to Bangkok, at Victory Monument.