"Ancient Ayuthaya" Ayuthaya by joecooper

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Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya was the Thai capital from 1350, when it was founded by King U-Thong, until it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767. At its peak it was one of the world's most prosperous cities and was larger than London at the time.

Today there are extensive ruins covering an area of 2,556 square kilometres in and around the city island surrounded by three rivers - the Chao Phraya, Pa Sak and Lop Buri. The modern city is relatively pleasant and quite spread out. The whole area is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It really is a magnificent place and as it is only about 80 kilometres north of Bangkok, it is a must see for anyone spending more than a couple of days in the present capital.

The best way to visit is on an organised tour which you will easily find details of at most hostels and guesthouses in Bangkok.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fascinating ruins in a picturesque river island setting
  • Cons:Searing heat, difficult to get about
  • In a nutshell:A step back in time in a different world
  • Last visit to Ayuthaya: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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