the magic of Google Street View has the same perspective that i took.
the three Chedis of Wat Phra Si Sanphet are probably the most easily recognizable landmark of the old Royal Palace, but the grounds are quite extensive. one ticket gets you into most areas, although Wat Mongkhon Bophit was under repairs, so there was no chance to see the giant bronze Buddha image.
probably most well known for the statue of “Buddha head in the vines”, but since there aren’t enough pictures, i took my own 🙂
founded in 1424 by King Borommarachathirat II, on the cremation site for his two older brothers, who killed themselves in a dual over who would inherit the position of king. sometimes it’s good to be the youngest brother.
Google Street View actually has this whole place mapped, here’s their perspective from where i stood 🙂
a short bus ride north of Bangkok is the city of Ayutthaya.
the original plan was to take a bus from Pattaya to the train station in Bangkok, and then a train north.
turns out that there are mini buses at the main bus station, and it would have cost more to take a taxi from the Bangkok bus station to the train station that the tickets for the mini bus directly to Ayutthaya.
i do not fit well inside mini buses, but at least they have air conditioning.