Friday, March 25
|Lifting weights prohibited?|
Saturday, March 26
|Fishing for prawns at Chatachuck Market|
Sunday, March 27
I slept really late today, catching up from the past 3 or 4 nights. When i woke up we got some food and then headed over to a nearby gym for a Muay Thai Boxing training session. It lasted 2 1/2 hours and was an intense workout. While Russ went to pick up Melanie at the airport we walked until we were a bit out of the tourist ghetto and had dinner at a roadside place - we picked it when we saw that the travel agent Dave had spoken to earlier was eating there.
Monday, March 28
Medical tourism day. We went to Bumrungrad Hospital, which was huge, spotless, gorgeous and full of friendly staff. In between appointments we found an adorable coffee shop with two huge, Internet connected macs for free use, and some delicious food stalls outside. We had dinner down the road at the beautiful vegetarian restaurant Na Aroon.
Tuesday, March 29
Wednesday, March 30
After brunch we checked out of the hotel and said goodbye to Melanie and Russ. It took an hour through Bangkok's congested streets to get to the bus station, and from there we hopped on a 50 baht bus to Ayuthaya. 2 hours later we checked into our lovely guesthouse, Luang Chumni Village, traditional Thai teak houses in a picturesque setting with a pond and garden. That night we had dinner at the fabulous night market- a feast of papaya salad, fried chicken sticky rice, special Ayutthaya boat noodles (we think) and roast corn. Oh and we started with little gooey fried pancake balls- we didn't realize they were sweet, so we inadvertently had dessert first. Afterwards we sat and had a beer at Dear Steak, a bar/food stall set up in the 7-11 parking lot. The owner, Dear, promised us special music since we were American and then played Hotel California. Is this the most popular song in Thailand? He also poured our Leo beers over glasses of ice. This turns out to be a less delicious way to drink beer than no ice.
Thursday, March 31
We tried to get an early start but didn't get out until 10am. We spent the next few hours riding our rented bikes around town and checking out the ruins. Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam for over 400 years until it was sacked by Burmese invaders. We started at the Ayutthaya Historical Center museum which turned out to be a great little museum. Then we visited a whole bunch of wats. We had great noodle soups for lunch at a stall and later stopped for iced coffee at a cafe that only played acoustic versions of Michael Jackson songs. When we were done touring we went to the "Shootting" range where for 50 baht each we got 10 (fake) bullets to shoot out of rifles. It was fun. Later that night we went to a waterfront seafood restaurant that was less delicious and more expensive than the market, and where we got eaten alive by mosquitoes.