I recently took a two-day trip to Ayutthaya, Bangkok's old capital, by train (one of my favorite modes of transportation). The city is filled with ancient ruins, many of which are in the process of being reclaimed by nature. I hope you enjoy the photographs.
Bangkok's Hua Lamphong train station: the starting point of the journey.
Some of my best/favorite photos have come from train stations. Train travel seems to bring together an interesting combination of characters, and many of them wear their emotions. I snagged this photo of a train passing by in the opposite direction. What does this man's expression convey to you?
Many years ago, a head fell from a statue of Buddha. This tree has been growing around it ever since.
A statue of Buddha that has been worn away with time. These worn statues are everywhere in the ruins of Ayutthaya.
A monk came up to us at one of the temples. In broken English, he asked us where we were from and why we were in Thailand. We responded as best we could in broken Thai. He was very kind and gave us bracelets made from twine.
A statue of Buddha sits in the ruins of a wat.
One of the three spires at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet.
The foundations of these structures are starting to buckle and bend, which causes the towers to lean.
Elephants wait in a holding area before giving rides to tourists.
The gold statue of Buddha sits inside Wiharn Phra Mongkhon Bophit.
Statues of Buddha that have been whithered away over time.
The famous reclining Buddha statue in Ayutthaya's Historic Park.
This marker is known as a bai sema. They are used to designate the boundary around sacred spaces at Buddist temples.
A spire at Chai Watthanaram Temple stretches into the air.
At the train station in Ayutthaya ready to head back to Bangkok.