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Day Two in Ayutthaya

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Day two in Ayutthaya started off with another biking adventure. Our hostel conveniently had some to rent, so we took off just after 8:00 and explored the island. We saw many of the same sites that we did yesterday, as well as a bunch of new ones, but we were going at our own pace and could be a lot more flexible. We still ended up coming home after 3 hours, but it was quite an intense three hours.

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Much like Ko Kret, we were sweating bullets by the end of our trip. But it was completely worth it. The sights here are incredible. It was somewhat scary sharing the road with cars and motorcycles though. Lanes here seem more like suggestions than laws.

We ended up having breakfast at the Elephant Camp and then taking another adventure through some ruins. Our vantage point was a little different this time.

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Captive elephants in Thailand can raise a lot of questions for people. I did my research before coming here, though, and was sure to pick the most ethical group possible
. There is no doubt in my mind that these people love their elephants dearly. Our ride was relatively expensive, but I'd rather spend money on well cared for elephants than be cheap and support a poorly run kraal.

Now it is the hottest it has been on this trip, so we are chilling in the shade at the hostel. Our hostel is really interesting. At night these little gecko type lizards come out of everywhere and cover the walls and ceilings outside. I'm not sure what they are exactly. They seem almost clear at times, but they might just be camouflaging themselves.

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There are also a ton of dogs running around the property and another little kitty who I've named Kitty Meows. She seems to like to follow me around and even camped out on our porch this morning waiting for us to wake up.

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Tomorrow we head back to Bangkok, then the next day we head to Malaysia. Here are some final thoughts on Thailand as a whole:

-7/11 is incredibly popular. 7/11:Thailand::Starbucks:USA. There seems to be one every half a block or so. They have the cheapest water in town at 7 Baht (20 cents).
-KFC is also huge. I'm not sure if the locals eat it, or if its just geared towards foreigners who need some good ol' American food.
-Wild cats and dogs are everywhere.
-Traffic laws are more of a suggestion.
-Mosquitoes seem to avoid locals, but feast on tasty foreigners despite copious amounts of bug repellent.
-”Same same.”

Posted by slugtrek 00:57 Archived in Thailand Tagged tourist_sites

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Sounds like a definite adventure you two are on. I know it's going back a few posts but I like the post where you referenced the smells. I am guessing it doesn't quite smell like Josh's parents home when Mom was making her marinara sauce you spoke of on Christmas .

by Uncle Tom

It smells like the food, which is spicy, salty, meaty, sweet, and sour. There is also the overpowering smell of sweat because it is, afterall, 90+ degrees and 70% humidity. Intermingled with that is the stench of exhaust, punctuated by burnt rubber and oil. It's fantastic.

by slugtrek

oh, and incense. Can't forget the smell of incense everywhere.

by slugtrek

That's a very odd coincidence. I've been looking at Bed Bath and Beyond for a candle with just that odd combination of aromas. I haven't been able to find it though. I think I'll put it in the suggestion box. I'll let you know what I find.

by Uncle Tom

Another National Geographic quality report. It sounds like so much fun.

by Dan01

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