All Templed Out On Our Last Day in Ayutthaya | Thailand

The Reclining Buddha at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol

Who wouldn't be templed out if all you see in the past 36 hours were more temples? Yes they are differently named from each other, differently located in the city, but they mostly looked the same!

Well, on our last moments in Ayutthaya, we detoured when we saw a sign that says "Floating Market & Elephant Village" - which was really quite a surprise for us because we didn't see that in the must-visit places on the list. The Floating Market was a fail as the market only happens in early hours of the morning and since it was noon time, we didn't see a single boat selling anything. Luckily, there are still shops and stalls along the river. Then we headed to the Elephant Village but since we don't patronize elephant riding, I was happy enough to just see elephants. They are really gentle giants!

Then we headed on to the "white temple" as what they refer it to, but otherwise known as Wat Phu Khao Thong. It was scorchingly hot after lunch but we managed to climb it. There was a shrine on top which devotees pray in, but that's just basically it. On the way to it, we passed by a big monument which is the Monument of King Naresuan The Great which was another landmark of the city.

Wat Phu Khao Thong
We got lost finding another temple and we ended up passing by a Dutch village which had nothing since it was closing up when we got there. There were old boats docked behind it but it was well-guarded by stray dogs so we didn't spend ample time there.

Then our last destination was to see the reclining Buddha at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol, which was interestingly busy with tourists and local devotees. Not only it had the reclining Buddha, but it also has an old temple. There were lots of Buddha images around it that makes it picturesque.

One of the Buddha images at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol


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