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Thailand Ancient Ayutthaya

I know that everyone falls in love with the places that they travel, but I think that is a great description for the feeling that I had when I went to Thailand’s Ancient Ayutthaya city. Everything about this amazing destination enchanted me and made me want to go back to the land of Siam time after time. From the people to the sense of history I got, I don’t know that there is another place on earth that I would feel as attached to in all honesty.

The first thing I want to talk about was the people there. I know that in most tourist spots, it seems like the locals could care less, or they are out to sell you something. It didn’t feel like that when I was in Ayutthaya. Instead, I felt like people genuinely wanted to help me and that they really cared about the history that their country held. It seemed like they were happy to have me there, and like they were honored I would understand the importance of their history.

The second thing I noticed was just how time has been preserved here. In other historical sites, I see way too many modern things, I hear way too much English, and I don’t feel like I have been transported to the past. However, this city seems like it has stood still in time, and the people who work there have worked very hard to preserve that. From people speaking in fast Thai to old ladies squatting by the side of the road and selling their wares, I felt like I was actually in the past.

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Walking among the ancient buildings. I realized that I was in a place older than my country, older than many of the countries on earth. This place stood through the ages, through different empires, and through entire shifts in boundaries. It’s breath-taking to be in a place that existed farther back than you can even think, but that still stands and is able to welcome people into it as well. This is the true power of Ayuuthaya, and the part of it that truly dragged me into the city.

There are modern areas in the city, but the historical districts seem almost untouched. The temples in particular seem to welcome you back to a time that has long been forgotten. Monks walk among the people, their robes colored as they were years ago, and they speak in the same tongues that were spoken hundreds of years ago. Women in sarongs provide them food in hand-made containers and laugh in a way that vibrates throughout the city.

Millions of people come through this city in a year, but it feels like you are alone when you watch the goings on of the city. Everyone is careful to pay attention to their own lives, leaving you to explore and learn more about the city on your own. However, you will always get the help that you need as well, making it the best of both worlds.

One of the biggest features that I loved was the floating market. Trying to see everything and sample everything for sale was futile, but I was amazed at the Thai ingenuity that I saw. Rather than crowding the street with sales, small boats came and went, selling out their wares and then returning home. The market was never the same, it changed every day, making me return every day that I stayed, and making me wonder what I am missing to this day.

Everyone smiled as well. Thailand is called the land of smiles, but I didn’t really think that it was going to be this common. Everyone looked me int eh eye, treated me as an equal, and welcomed me with a smile. I think this might be what truly won over my heart.

In the end, I fell in love with the city, the people, and the culture. I think I could go back 50 more times and still be happy, still have something to explore, and still be in awe of the history that the city holds. It’s a must have on any bucket list in my opinion.

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My Thailand Elephant Park Visit

Not long ago, I decided that I was going to make a trip to Thailand. I had always loved the area and been intrigued by the culture and the animals of the country. I decided to study up on Thailand and learn even more about the people, the animals, the geography, and more. After I did, I would plan a trip so I could see all that I had learned about and solidify my knowledge.

It took me a few months to learn all I could and to secure my passport, plane tickets, and other reservations I needed for the trip. I had already planned out so many things that I wanted to do while I was there and I knew that I would not have time to do them all, but I could always hope. I decided to make a list of all the things I would like to experience and then prioritize the list.

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I knew that one of the main things I wanted to do was go on a Thailand Elephant Park Visit. I had read so much about the park and I was really excited to go and see all the animals that lived there. For as long as I could remember, I was a big fan of elephants and the ones at the park in Thailand would be my dream come true.

I took some time to learn about about the Elephant Nature Park. The space was a sanctuary for elephants and a natural home for cats, birds, dogs, buffalos and many other animals that had been rescued. I knew that I wanted to spend at least an entire day in the park, maybe longer.

So, after learning all I did, and making all my plans, I arrived in Thailand. I was super excited and just like a kid at Christmastime. It had been my dream for so many years to visit the country and I finally made my dreams come true.

The first thing I did was have a car bring me to my hotel. I unloaded my suitcases and took a short rest. I was quite tired from the trip and I wanted to have the energy I needed to start enjoying my time in this amazing country.

My very first full day in Thailand, I visited the Elephant Park. I was so excited to get started. Once I arrived, we took a drive though the countryside to get to the park. During the drive, stories were shared about the elephants that had been rescued. It was quite inspiring to learn how they got free from the abuse and become members of a herd. The time spent driving was so relaxing and I loved watching the elephants in the sanctuary roaming free. My overall experience at the Elephant Park in Thailand was an amazing day that I would never forget.

After the elephant experience, I had many other great adventures in the country. I tried a lot of delicious foods and loved almost everything that I had tried. I also met so many amazing people and was so glad that I made the decision to visit the area. Once it got close to time for me to leave, I decided to visit the elephant park since I loved it so much. I knew that I would not be able to get the experience again unless I visited the country again. Just like my first visit, the second visit was just as amazing. I wasn’t sure if I would learn anything the second time around, but actually I learned more than I had ever imagined. I knew that I would try to come back soon and bring a friend of mine that seemed to love the area as much as I do.

In conclusion, I was appreciative of the trip that I took to Thailand. I learned so much more then I could ever learn in books. I knew, too, that I would continue my studies of the country and plan another visit for the future. I sure did hope, though, that I was able to find group, though, so I could share my experience with a big group of people.

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Jacky EditorMy Thailand Elephant Park Visit
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