Sawadii ka, everyone!On the fifth weekend we decided to go to Ayutthaya again. In case you've read the "Siam Culture" post, you'd know, that we've been there in the first week; but only for a day. Sunday, a coordinator, said that there would be a festival on Saturday and, since we've only seen 2 monuments last time, we wanted to go and visit more.
There was some sort of wooden cabin there but it didn't look like a bus station at all. We asked a guy if we could get a taxi somehow to the city center and he said, he'd organise one. Our "taxi" was a pick up truck where we had to sit on the truck bed without anything. I'm not sure if that was safe but it was an interesting experience, we survived and actually got to the center.
Thankfully the room was air-conditioned and the beds comfortable. We stayed a bit in the room until we decided to look for the festival.
First we went to a monument, though, where we could walk lots of stair ways and had a pretty decent view of the area.
There also was some kind of bunker we went in but there was nothing in there and I started to get claustrophobic so we left the bunker and went to see the rest of the monument.
After a couple of minutes we figured, that it was probably not in that direction and went back.
We then saw a huge monitor lizard swimming in a pond and came across a sports party where children were playing games.
We walked there for half an hour and all the researching was worth it. It looked more like a thai street market than a festival but it was amazing nevertheless.
There were food stalls and little shops everywhere and we even found a pastry shop where I bought 4 pieces of pastry for only 42 Baht (~1€). And it was delicous. There were two different stages at this festival.
One where there were different acts every few minutes, such as magicians, singers and dancers, and another one with traditional thai music and comedy shows.
We walked the market up and down a couple of times, watched the performances on the stages and I also got coconut water before we decided to go back to the hostel.
After a few minutes of walking, we realized that, maybe, we should've rather taken a tuk tuk back. There were so many dogs on the streets and they obviously all wanted to defend their territory. When suddenly three dogs at once started barking at us, we decided to walk back and take a tuk tuk.
After lunch, we met up at a museum with two volunteers who were staying in another hostel.
There we took a tuk tuk to the Asian Highway bus station. The driver took us to the wrong bus station at first and we had to drive back a few minutes on the service lane as wrong-way drivers.
September 9th - September 10th 2017