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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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Map of the island city of Ayutthaya, Thailand

Map of the island city of Ayutthaya

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.

Gateway with a view of large Stupa in the background, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Gateway with a view of large Stupa in the background

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.

Severed head of Buddha, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Severed head of Buddha

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

Buddha head with Bodhi tree roots embracing it, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Buddha head with Bodhi tree roots embracing it

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 with Akaisha standing next to it, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Akaisha standing next to the reclining Buddha to show you the size

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

Buddha statue after Buddha statue wrapped in gold/orange cloth, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Buddha statue after Buddha statue wrapped in gold/orange cloth

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

Buddha statue with Stupa behind it, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Buddha statue with Stupa behind it

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

Later, the Wat was completely abandoned.

A headless Buddha statue pays tribute to the past, Ayutthaya, Thailand

A headless Buddha statue pays tribute to the past

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

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This statue remains whole, draped in orange/gold cloth by devotees, Ayutthaya, Thailand

This statue remains whole, draped in orange/gold cloth by devotees

A Buddha image that escaped the rampage.

Beautiful green grounds with remains of Stupa, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Beautiful green grounds with remains of Stupa

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

Large reclining Buddha draped in royal cloth, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Large reclining Buddha draped in royal cloth

Another reclining Buddha at Wat Yai Chai-mongkol.

Thriving garden with Buddha statue, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Thriving garden with Buddha statue

Elegant grooming, stunning ruins.

Giant Buddha with Stupa, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Giant Buddha with Stupa

Peace and Majesty of the Wat

 

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

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

This is one of my favorite poses of Buddha.

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Worn pathway at Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Worn pathway at Wat Mahathat

A certain stillness here.

These constructions still represent the work and devotion put into them. Ayutthaya, Thailand

These constructions still represent the work and devotion put into them.

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

Roofless ruin with Buddha Stupa behind it

Roofless ruin with Buddha Stupa behind it

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, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

Retire Early Lifestyle appeals to a different kind of person – the person who prizes their independence, values their time, and who doesn’t want to mindlessly follow the crowd.

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