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Ayutthaya used to be Thailands capital until it was destroyed by burmese soldiers in 1767, then Bangkok became the capital and Ayutthaya was just left as it was. That seemed to have preserved the ruins that would otherwise have been built over.
Ayutthaya is located in the delta of the Chao Phraya river and has a lot of waterways. It is also a real flat area, ideal for doing bicycle tours.
It is a good thing, if you visit the information center first to get an idea which of the many Wats you want to see here. Not only the city you can see today but also its surroundings are full of them.
In the center of the city is the Rama Park, a green area with big lakes and walkways through it. Around this you have the Wat Mahathat that has the Buddha head in the tree roots you can see in my picture. Unfortunately there are not many trees left beside this one. The area must have looked a lot like Angkor Wat in earlier times.
Today you walk over gras fields and have a look at the remains of Prangs, Chedis and Buddha statues. Most of this is built with tiles. It is hard to tell what has been renovated and which is still original, but it is a sight anyway.
Entrance to the Wat is 20 Baht.
Next to the Rama Park is Wat Ratburana that offers a restaurated Prang (lots of the ruins here have been partly restaurated, but this one is completely made over).
Directions: Ayutthaya, Rama Park (the big green park with the lakes)
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