Sunday 14 September 2008 - Monday 22 September 2008
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Well i didnt actually manage to leave Chiang Mai after the last blog!! I stayed a couple more days and then got the overnight bus to Ayuthaya instead, another one of the old capitals of Thailand.
Stayed in a lovely old traditional teak house which has been turned into a guesthouse.
Went to visit the elephants in the old elephant kraal, there were lots of baby ones which were so cute...and very inquisitive, one even had his trunk in my bag looking for bananas!!
Also went on a night tour of the temples, they are in a style similar to the temples at Angkor and it was nice to see them all lit up at night. Think i am a bit templed out now though!! We went by a monument of the king (they love their royal family here!) and there were hundreds of cockerel statues which apparently bring good luck to the families that leave them, was a very strange sight though.
After leaving Ayuthaya i got the bus via Bangkok to Koh Samet, the island i stayed on the first time i was in Thailand. Spent a very relaxing six days on the beach, reading, eating and sleeping!
Left there this morning and am now in Bangkok awaiting the arrival of Sally in a couple of days!!
Added some pictures to Flickr of Angkor Wat and the other temples in Cambodia as i forgot to put them on before!