The Historic City of Ayutthaya, founded in 1350, was the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom. It was one of Southeast Asia’s most prosperous cities in the 17th Century and beyond. Flourished from the 14th to the 18th centuries, during which time it grew to be one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan urban areas and a center of global diplomacy and commerce.
Ayutthaya was strategically located on an island surrounded by three rivers connecting the city to the sea. This site was chosen because it was located above the tidal bore of the Gulf of Siam as it existed at that time, thus preventing the attack of the city by the sea-going warships of other nations and to help protect the city from seasonal flooding.
The city was attacked and razed by the Burmese army in 1767 who burned the city to the ground and forced the inhabitants to abandon the city. The city was never rebuilt in the same location and remains known today as an extensive archaeological site. Ayutthaya city has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 13, 1991.
Thailand’s former capital is renowned for its temple ruins and historical sites. At the centre of the City is Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the centre of the city. At present, it is located in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Province, it is 76 kilometres far from Bangkok.
Ayutthaya Historical Park comprises the four spectacular temples of the early Ayutthaya period. – Wat Phra Ram, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Mahathat, Wat Ratchaburana, or the Royal Palace and Wiharn Phra Mongkol Bophit, stand amongst a dense canopy of ancient trees.
Things to do in Ayutthaya
Apart from touring Ayutthaya’s history and temples, we recommend you to visit “Ayutthaya floating market”. Only less than 2 hrs from Bangkok by car and train are also known as a tourism hub for both domestic and international tourists to enjoy the pleasant environment and gorgeous scenery in a Thai style.
Covers a vast area of approximately 70 acres and is regarded as the largest tourist attraction in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. Which has a lot of unique cultural and traditional attractions such as traditional costume, stunning architecture, authentic amusement, folk performance to represent the simple lifestyle of Thai people You can find affordable thai food and experience dining right through the river? Open from 9 am to 18 pm every day