Excerpt from the Journal of Olds – Day 119 – Ayutthaya

It was an early start for Ayutthaya.

Having only recently undertook the mammoth temple-a-thon of Angkor we were unsure whether to bother but as often happens in these situations the fact that it was only a couple of hours away won out.

In the interests of simplicity the ladies had elected to book us on a tour rather than us attempt to get around it on our own. While I normally favour independence when visiting anything on this occasion it was a masterstroke. To cover the sites that we covered on our own at short notice would have been almost impossible – we’d simply have seen the main site and returned to Bangkok.

The day was good, as was the weather. Colin was unfortunately still very ill but soldiered on without complaint. We saw everything we wanted to see an ignored the guide whenever he delivered his eyes-closed-séance-like monotone and barely intelligible pitches. We also saw the site of a momentous battle of good versus evil where Ryu had defeated the mighty Sagat…OK, comical videogame reference – at the time of writing this up it’s the background of the blog. I also had kittens when my camera decided to start failing – I left it for about half an hour and it came back to life. At the moment the problem has not yet recurred – hopefully it just had enough of the heat.

We happily got back to Bangkok mid-afternoon and sat twiddling our thumbs until our pickup for Kanchanaburi. Our next accommodation – Ploy Guesthouse – had offered a door-to-door pickup service. While this was an extravagance it was a worthwhile expense. Given Colin’s illness it made sense to minimise the hassle and it was the start of a gift to Colin & V for performing the Herculean task of selling my car after we’d left the country, as well as all the other running around they’d done in bringing out essentials and taking home gear we no longer needed – thanks again!

We reached Kanchanaburi late and checked into our rooms. Compared to the vast majority of generally good digs this place was a palace. The rooms were a really good size with a huge bed, private rockery as a view, hot shower, air con and just nice decor. We grabbed grub at a local restaurant and retired not long after.