Today Thailand is a magnet for visitors from all around the world, but what most visitors do not know is that the land of Siam- Thailand’s old name- was a magnet for foreign visitors
from a very long time ago, when the kingdom of Ayutthaya ruled the land.
The Siamese capital at the time was Ayutthaya, founded in the fourteenth century, attracting foreign traders and visitors. It was thriving till the eighteenth century, but was ruined during a vicious attack by the Burmese army.
Remains of the glorious era of the old Siamese capital still stand today, and fascinates those interested in Thai culture and history. The ancient remains of Ayutthaya city are now one of Thailand’s top tourist destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage. All the more reason why you should visit them!
Ayutthaya is located about 70 kilometers from Bangkok, and you can go there by car, bus, train or even boat. Ayutthaya is actually a city, so you can rent a bike and see more of the city rather than just walking around.
There are some unique places in Ayutthaya ruins that are truly instagram-worthy and one of them is the iconic Buddha Head in the tree. This amazing icon is inside Wat Phra Mahathat, which was built in the 14th century.
Another one is the Reclining Buddha which is inside Wat Lokaya Sutha. This Buddha is often covered in an orange cloth and the devoted Buddhists make offerings to it.
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is another highlight of visits to Ayutthaya. This temple has been the holiest and the most beautiful wat in the ancient capital of Ayutthaya and despite the destructions that has endured, is still an architectural marvel.
While in Ayutthaya, visit Bang Pa-In palace too. This is known as the Summer Palace, formerly belonging to Thai monarchy. It is open to visitors now.