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Jungle Fish Spa at Klong Plu Waterfall

The journey from Ayutthaya to Koh Chang had taken the best part of the previous day. After an early train to Bangkok and a five-an-a-half hour minivan ride some 350 km east to catch the ferry to the island, we embarked on mountainous, petrol-inhaling songthaew ride that had us checked-in and chilling out an hour or so before sundown.

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Ayutthaya: A Tale of Two Temples

There was a time when Ayutthaya was one of the largest cities in the world. At the beginning of the 18th century, a population of almost a million had made the city the most important trading post in Asia. Merchants from India, China, South East Asia and even Europe ...

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Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya by Train

The ticket cost around 800THB - a second class, air-conditioned sleeper carriage for the 680km journey from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya. After yesterday's morning with the monks at Wat Phra Singh, I'd said an emotional farewell to my trusty red devil before I was back in the back of another songthaew ...

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A Morning at Wat Phra Singh

Nothing good can come of waking up late when you’re travelling. I'm sure of it. Get up at 08:00, get there by 09:00, and by the time you've had chance to wish you'd woken up earlier, the sun's burning a hole in your back and the place is crawling with tourists.

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To Wat Phra That Doi Suthep on 115cc of bike

A 05:30 wake-up and still I hadn’t beat the sunrise. It was already light outside. Lighter than I’d thought it would be. Lighter than I’d hoped. If we were operating on monk time, it was already alms-giving hour, and those quiet lines of orange-robed novices would be filing out onto the city streets ...

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Morning alms and sunburnt arms at Wat Suan Dok

I’d been to Chiang Mai once before, only a few months before. On that occasion, I’d left not knowing what all the fuss was about. Everybody I’d spoken to about the city had spoken of it as some kind mystical, mountain-ringed Xanadu, where every cliché about what life in Thailand for the soul-searching foreigner should be like rang true.

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