February 25, 2011

The definitive recognisable image of Thailand

Location: Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya, Thailand (14°22'14.81"N 100°33'38.23"E)
Date: 26 October 2009, 10.15am
Camera: Canon 400D with Sigma 17-70/f2.8-4.5

Wat Arun may be the most publicised and recognisable image of Bangkok, but to me, without a doubt the severed Buddha head statue embedded in the roots of a banyan tree at Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya is the definitive image that most people can immediately identify as Thailand. This is one destination that I would recommend all travellers to visit, apart from all the popular spots in Bangkok (such as the Grand Palace and the various Wats). Ayutthaya is such a laidback town, not unlike other rural towns in the agriculture heartland of Thailand. As it is so close to Bangkok, it is a good place to have a feel of the non-urbanised Thailand if one has no plan to travel to the rural areas.

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