The old kingdom of Ayutthaya in Thailand, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies in the valley of the Chao Phraya River, around 85 kilometers north of the capital Bangkok. Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Burmese army destroyed the kingdom in 1767 who burned the city to the ground.
Today, the ruins of the century old temples of Ayutthaya still show its beauty and splendor. A reminder that once upon a time, there exists a great kingdom that was considered one of the world’s largest and center of global diplomacy and commerce.
Only less than two hours from Bangkok makes Ayutthaya an ideal day trip from the Thai capital. Check out how I spent a day in this ancient kingdom in my blog Ayutthaya in a Day.