Onto Lopburi by leananiemand

Onto Lopburi

Day 6 – Ayuthaya – Lopburi – 68 km

We decided to leave as early as possible to try and beat the heat, and we were on the road shortly after 7am. I was pleased with our early start, even although I'm a late starter. The light was beautiful, and it was good to be out in the cooler morning air. No sooner had we left, and we were already on the smaller roads. We cycled past the elephant kraal, and I felt sorry for those lovely animals, all chained and domesticated. I understand just too well that it is a practice that has been part of the Thai culture for millenniums. Still, I don’t like it or support elephant rides.
We continued on the back roads through farmlands, and although it was early, it was already hot making for challenging riding, especially for new riders. The route also became far too busy to my liking, and we soon turned off onto an even smaller road. It turned out to be a lovely ride as we cycled past bright green rice paddies, fish drying in the sun and large Buddha statues. In, fact the road was so small it turned to a narrow dirt road. Fortunately, we found a paved road again, and then it was onto Lopburi where we arrived around 14h00. It was Chinese New year, and we strolled the crowded street with 1000’s of others enjoying all there was to see. Most people were beautifully dressed in traditional Thai costumes, and all the historic ruins were lit and open to the public, what a sight it was. All the trees were covered in fairy lights, and visitors were entertained by cultural shows, music and fireworks.
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February 17th, 2018  
Very interesting perspective
February 17th, 2018  
I love seeing your adventures! This is a n amazing capture.
February 17th, 2018  
Wow! fabulous shot with that background ~ fav
February 17th, 2018  
Love it!
February 17th, 2018  
Wonderful image! What an adventurous life you lead. Love reading the little stories that you include. Fav.
February 17th, 2018  
you never cease to amaze me with the places that you visit
February 17th, 2018  
Fabulous shot, she's very well placed
February 17th, 2018  
A grand sense of place shot!
February 17th, 2018  
An interesting trip. I wish I was there :)
February 17th, 2018  
Great image! You make me want to be there!
February 17th, 2018  
Brilliant .. pov
February 17th, 2018  
Fabulous shot and interesting filler of your day, I love reading them :-)
February 17th, 2018  
Super shot !
February 17th, 2018  
Fabulous capture! Your adventures continue to amaze me! Fav!
February 17th, 2018  
Wonderful shot.
February 17th, 2018  
I love the stories of your travels.
February 17th, 2018  
This is a brilliant shot! Such adventures you have!
February 17th, 2018  
An awesome shot!
February 17th, 2018  
Wonderful shot.
February 17th, 2018  
A super capture. Fav!! 😀
February 17th, 2018  
Terrific shot and story.
February 17th, 2018  
A perfect capture with the Buddah in the background.
February 18th, 2018  
Sounds like an amazing ride. What a great shot- I don't know how you did it, but the setting is really exciting.
February 18th, 2018  
Great composition and I bet they are loving your tour
February 18th, 2018  
love this shot with the statue in the background. sounds like a full on day
February 18th, 2018  
lovely shot of your journey with the Buddha in the background. fav
February 18th, 2018  
Awesome shot
February 18th, 2018  
Awesome juxtaposition.
February 18th, 2018  
Amazing day... I heard someone say that when travelling, the slower you go, the more you see. You're living proof of that. Love the shot, too!
February 20th, 2018  
Sounds like a wonderful time. I love your choice of compensation for this photo with the Buddha in the background
February 21st, 2018  
Great pic!
February 26th, 2018  
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