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    Default Ayutthaya, Thailand

    I am toying with the idea of going for a photography trip to Ayutthaya
    any kind souls with experience there to give me some tips/advice?

    thanks in advance

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    u can take a train from BKK (hua lumpong) to ayutthaya. Try go as early in the morning as possible. Then once reaching ayutthaya, u need to cross a small river by boat which cost only a few baht. u can choose to rent a bicycle (50 baht whole day) to cycle ard or u can rent a bike if u know how to upon reaching the other side. Or u can also rent a tuktuk to drive u ard.

    All their bicycles look like this:


    Not the usual mt bike u get at east coast.

    If u intend to cycle, bring along plenty of water.

    i covered the following temples via bicycle:
    Wat Phu Khao Thong
    Wat Na Phramen
    Wat Phra Sri Sanphet
    Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopitah
    Wat Phra Mahathat
    Wat Ratchaburana
    Wat Chai Wattanaram

    u can view the pictures here:
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...2&l=d5a5504460
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    Default Re: Ayutthaya, Thailand

    thanks, what are the best times to be there, i noticed from pictures that some of them are lighted up at night

    my thinking is to go in the evening (sunset) + night shoot
    stay over and then sunrise before heading back to BKK

    btw i like your staircase shot, looks like a tripod is a must
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    Default Re: Ayutthaya, Thailand

    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    thanks, what are the best times to be there, i noticed from pictures that some of them are lighted up at night

    my thinking is to go in the evening (sunset) + night shoot
    stay over and then sunrise before heading back to BKK
    i did not stay over for night shots i went early in the morning and go back to bkk in the evening ard 6+ taking a bus back (bad choice! cos kana traffic jam).

    if u want both day and night shots, i will suggest that u spent one whole day then go back bkk in the late afternoon next day.

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    Hey there,
    I was over there just last month.Beautiful place. Mid-afternoon for beautiful silhouettes and shooting people/village atmosphere. I must say the best part was the sunset...you can't miss it!

    Have a good trip
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    some links for research (will update when i find more)

    http://www.promtong.com/profile.php

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    Default Re: Ayutthaya, Thailand

    any more shooting related advice?

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    I was there in December... took the train from BKK, 1 to 2 hours, depending on whether it's an express train or normal train. When you want to buy tickets, make sure you go to the info counter to ask about the prices first, so that the guys selling u tickets won't hike the price up. (one guy tried to do that when I was there)

    Make sure you buy the correct ticket... there's the 'standing ticket' which costs 20+- baht, and the 'sitting ticket' which costs 150++ baht.

    If you have a bike licence (or adventurous enough, and no one bothers checking for your licence), go rent a motorbike instead. It costs about SGD 20 for the whole day, and it's easier to get around.

    I didn't stay there till sunset, but i'm sure it'll be pretty near sunset. Take note that the last train is at 7pm, so if you're planning to catch the sunset and stay after, you might miss the train.

    The place is very easy to get around, cause it isn't big. You can get a map from the information counter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    I am toying with the idea of going for a photography trip to Ayutthaya
    any kind souls with experience there to give me some tips/advice?

    thanks in advance
    A few post in the threads mentioned Ayutthaya
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=616898
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showt...=521940&page=2

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    Default Re: Ayutthaya, Thailand

    Quote Originally Posted by Shen siung View Post
    thanks, i saw those already

    i am looking for shooting advice, eg. what time to go? which one to miss
    from my research there are only 2 which are lighted up at night

    I am trying to plan my time to make the most of available light there.

    some places are better in the mornings while some are better in the evenings\those kind o information, also will there be monks there?

    Just empty temple ruins does not make an interesting picture
    I will go there on a week day to try to avoid the tourists from being in my frame
    is this possible? or should i give it a miss altogether and shoot street scenes instead

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    thanks, i saw those already

    i am looking for shooting advice, eg. what time to go? which one to miss
    from my research there are only 2 which are lighted up at night

    I am trying to plan my time to make the most of available light there.

    some places are better in the mornings while some are better in the evenings\those kind o information, also will there be monks there?

    Just empty temple ruins does not make an interesting picture
    I will go there on a week day to try to avoid the tourists from being in my frame
    is this possible? or should i give it a miss altogether and shoot street scenes instead
    OK, forgot where i post my Ayutthaya experience... Here is a recap
    My experience - one day trip. Not intend to make it very 'photograph'.
    Early morning I took train from BKK to Ayutthaya. 8 am if not wrong. There are a few morning trains,check train website. take about 2 hr reach. then rent a whole day Tuk Tuk (actually 5 hrs). The driver brought us to a few important temple. then take bus back to BKK.

    To make it a more 'photography trip', IMO, you have to do it on your own.
    Make a 2D1N trip. So you may reach there about 2 or 3 pm (usually check in to hostel also around that time), to avoid the afternoon heat. But not sure what is the time of opening. Some temple got time. Rent a motorcycle. Bicycle will make you tired, unless you are a good cyclist.

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    Default Re: Ayutthaya, Thailand

    yeah thanks

    so far my plan is this, arrive in the afternoon, check in and rent motobike, go around and recce locations (if some kind soul can tell me better)
    must bring compass to see direction of the sunrise and sunset. go for a quick meal.
    shoot and setup for grand sunset, after night shoot with artificial lights. Dinner and street shoot at night market.

    must buy food for early breakfast?

    go to location for sunrise, (can rent bike overnight?) depending on location might just change to bicycle.
    setup for sunrise and shoot until around 10am

    should be about right?

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