A flock of blue heron taken from the window of our tour bus.
Wat Phra Kaew
Many buddhist statues at Ayutthuya were decapitated during a war with the Cambodians. This head was covered with dirt, but later the roots of a tree grew around it, and eventually pushed it up out of the ground.
One of the many river taxison the river. There are also river buses that carry more passengers.
School children on a tour.
Pilgrims and tourists purchased small pieces of gold leaf and pressed it onto this statue.
This was a very large golden reclining Buddha. If you look carefully you can see 4 people in the bottom left part of the picture.
Many of the Buddhist statues were draped in orange material.
I don't know the name of this fellow, but he looks very happy.
There were many lotus plants growing in water pots here and there around the temple.
There were many children riding on bicycles and motorbikes.
I friend, Sariwan, and 3 sister workers, Hazel, Merle and Anong.
There were monks of all ages visiting the tourist spots as well.
Colorful roof tiles.
One of the elephants taking a break
There were fruit vendors everywhere.
The bottom of the toes of Buddha. It is difficult to appreciate the scale here.
We saw 2 reclining Buddhas. This one was out doors. You can purchase gold leaf to apply to the statue. You must remove your hat and shoes and make sure your upper arms and legs are covered when you approach these monuments.
Buttering up the ice cream vendor. I didn't see him giving away any free ice cream though.
Choosing ice cream
Restoration work on the temple
We rode in one of these tricycle taxis back to our hotel. They are designed for 2 passengers, but we often saw many crammed in. This one has 6 passengers plus the driver. They zip around pretty fast too.
Very colorful buses and taxis.
Our last view of Ayatthuya before heading back to the bus.
Children riding on handle bars and luggage racks were everywhere.