A Simple Heritage Cycling Ride… ride around Ayutthaya (En)Ayutthaya, 13 Jan 2013
This is my only second time to Thailand. This time I have more time, two night and tree days, yet I found to be not enough.
Going to Ayutthaya (see… http://wikitravel.org/en/Ayutthaya ) found after browsing with keywords ‘ruins’. Last experiences on photographing ruins always proven to be a worth to take visits: Situs Gunung Padang, Cetha Temple, Sukuh Temple, Ratu Boko Temple, Tamansari, Kraton Kaibon, Kraton Surosowan. I have become a ruin buildings fans. Ruins always giving a lot of exploration possibilities to take pictures. Ruins also giving us a feeling of drama. Ruins always dramatic. Visually ruins also giving a lot of visual, composition and content possibilities. Background history will add more on content of the photograph.
My other posts related to ruins (most of them in Bahasa Indonesia language):
Gunung Padang Megalith Ruins https://antoix.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/tgunung-padang/
Cetha Temple https://antoix.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/uphill-candi-cetha/
Kaibon and Surosowan Palace https://antoix.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/banten-lama/
Ruins of a temple, or once a military fortress, or once a royal palace already give us a shock and a lot of drama, this time we are talking about ruins of a city, ruins of an old capital of Siam. Ayutthaya, a city once inhabited by more than one million back in 16th century. A city full of prosperity and glory, full of luxury and greatness.
Ok, enough on the ruins story, let me write on the cycling trip…
What? Cycling trip?
Yes. This time I will not write on mountain bike ride as usual, this time about cycling around the old city of Ayutthaya. From one tourism spot to other.
Bicycle was not hard to find, rental in front of Ayutthaya Train Station already written as a reliable and cheap bike rental. It cost us around 1.0-1.2 USD per day. You only need to show your passport and they will take a copy of your passport. This copy will be returned back to us. The bicycle rental spot also widely known and write by blogger/fellow travelers, it was well known and easy to find.
Bicycle condition? Hey! It’s a 1USD rental, what do you expect? At least it was ready to be ridden, not mention the gears change problem off course. But anyway it’s not too much problem since the track was flat, unless the part hike across the Chao Praya river bridge. Some part of the city, especially in the area of temple complex, the road was not crowded and we have bicycle lane under the trees. Really enjoy the ride.
The tourism area also not too far to take on bicycle. Taking the Sleeping Budha site and Chao Praya river/Train Station was 10+ km ride
Although it’s not a mountain bike, it’s really give a spice to the city tour. You have a different feeling, got some sweat, meet other cyclist, take unique angle to picture the city. I really recommend you to take bicycle around the city. Yes, we receive some security precautions from the cycling-rental, not to put bags into the basket in front of the handlebar.
The same feeling as bike to work, while you on bicycle you will have a very different view of what’s around you. You move slower, you have more plan to see what’s around, you can have the smell (literally) of the streets.
Tacklog could be find here… http://www.bikemap.net/route/2015404
Terrain: asphalt city road, flat