Since I would rather see the ruins than hit the beaches (besides, I bet the Philippines has its own share of the best beaches in the world), I made sure that I visit Ayutthaya when I had my 4-day vacation in Bangkok, Thailand. Similar to my disappointments with other endorsed spots within and nearby Bangkok, Ayutthaya failed below its hyped tourism advertisements. I was not able to feel the sense of history and heritage from the mostly deserted remnants of its probably richer and more meaningful past.
I did make the best out of the visit; thankfully, the sunny weather cooperated and beautifully enhanced the silhouettes of torn walls and fallen structures. I was able to witness the religious fanaticism of the locals with gigantic Buddha imageries comparable to that of Filipinos towards religious idols only proving that religions are never different.
I got a Fortune Slip from one of the temples which exactly says:
“Meet separated. Force yourself to make a transfer for the better chance. Patient gains recovery from illness. Fair fortune. Unlucky in love. Your mate is unfriendly and changeful. Outstanding debts hardly refunded. After this year, living a long happy life. A forthcoming baby is excellent. Though it seems unfavorable at present, eventually be successful.”
I have no idea what this fortune slip says for it doesn’t make any sense. For a country hungry for tourism revenue, it is a pity that Thailand needs to hire competent English translators even for its temples.
Above are personal opinions and I apologize for anything that anyone might find offensive. And I wish a more amazing meeting with Thailand in case of an unavoidable crossing of our paths in the future.