"AYUTTHAYA -Fascinating Link with the Past" Ayuthaya by bonbonhart

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....Trace Back Time...

The central plains stretching northward from Bangkok are the historic heartland of Thai people. The impressive ruined city of Ayutthaya stands as a fascinating link with Thailand's past.

It was one of the greatest cities in Asia during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Let's back to know history of Ayutthaya a bit. The city of Ayutthaya was founded around 1350 by Ramathibodi I (1351-69) who came here to escape an outbreak of smallpox at Lop Buri. In that year it became the capital of Siam and the city expanded into a great trading center with entrepot trade between China and Europe. It prospered for four centuries until 1767 when the invading Burmese ,after four years of fighting, completely destroyed the city, leaving only ruins which can be seen today.

Anyway.. it's a history. Don't be upset.

You can visit Ayutthaya by air-conditioned bus or hire a car and drive it yourself. Because it is only 30-40 Kilometers far from Bangkok International Airport. We started our engine around 9.00am ,drive along the main Wipavadee road and went back on 6.00pm (The old places in Ayutthaya will be closed on 5.30pm) The first stop was the Bang Pa-in Summer Place(take a look at my Bang Pa-in page) and go directly to Ayuttaya. But I recommend you to go there as early as possible, otherwise the sun will burn you and you will sweat like sauna.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Packed of history
  • Cons:Sweat like sauna
  • In a nutshell:How wonderful ancient city .
  • Last visit to Ayuthaya: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2008 at 5:48 AM

    Great page nan!

  • vpas's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    nice page with good photos,thanks for sharing them.it is very interesting to read these. vpas

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2006 at 9:37 AM

    Excellent photos and tips!! What an interesting spot! Birthday greetings from Alaska!

  • AyurinHiro's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2004 at 4:55 AM

    We would like to visit Ayuthaya someday :-) Great history and great architecture! Thank you very much for your warm birthday wishes! It's so nice to receive such greetings from a distant place. Thanks again.

  • beebah's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2004 at 5:33 AM

    I like Wat Phra Sri Sanphet Part III picture! very nice kha

  • karin_kamphuis's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2004 at 8:46 AM

    Nice pics and info from ayuthaya!!! We want to take a visit at the end of our trip in november. Hope it will be just as nice... Greetings Karin!

  • May 6, 2004 at 7:41 PM

    looks like a beautiful place. sweat like a sauna huh? :-)

  • pmarshuk's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2004 at 6:27 AM

    Great pics and lots of useful information. I'll have to remember it all if I go back there

  • thelittlevoice's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2004 at 5:38 AM

    informative page! nice pix.

  • genispp's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2004 at 5:26 AM

    Beautiful page. I like your photos

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