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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Ayutthaya, Thailand

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Ayutthaya is an island city in the center of Thailand founded in 1350. This city flourished for more than 400 years, and at its peak, supported hundreds of thousands of residents. Surrounded by the Chao Phraya, Lopburi and Pasak rivers, it was easily accessed for trade by foreigners in centuries past. The Portuguese, Dutch, French, Indians, Chams, Malays, and Japanese all regarded this city highly for the gold, silk and spices found here, and some cultures, like the Portuguese and Japanese built permanent communities. Canals, natural and man made still exist to this day for transport of goods.

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In 1991, Ayutthaya was designated as a World Heritage Site for having historical and architectural merit with outstanding universal value.

The photos speak for themselves.

Wat Mahathat was a royal monastery and served as the seat for the head of the Buddhist monks.

Ransacked and burned to the ground in 1767, it still remains in ruins.

During the Burmese invasion many Buddha images were plundered or broken.

This Buddha face is said to have been placed here by a thief to be retrieved later.

However, since it was never collected, this bodhi tree's roots eventually grew around it.

 

Pra Bhuddhasaiyart, reclining Buddha: the position Buddha took when he passed from this world.

Wat Yai Chai-mongkal escaped much of the pillaging of foreign invasions.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram was besieged by Burmese invaders and became an army camp.

Later, the Wat was completely abandoned.

Looting, the decapitation of Buddha images and the selling of brick from the Wat became common practice.

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A Buddha image that escaped the rampage.

Although in ruins, some Wats are well groomed with manicured gardens.

Another reclining Buddha at Wat Yai Chai-mongkol.

Elegant grooming, stunning ruins.

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Buddha in the pose of receiving Enlightenment, The Earth as a Witness.

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Worn pathway at Wat Mahathat

Although in ruins, the immensity of these structures is clearly visible.

Relics of the Buddha were found in the stupa located here at Wat Mahathat.

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their popular website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurerís Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.

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