Ayutthaya is the former capital of Siam, from 1350 until
mid-18th century, and at one time was one of the largest cities in
the world. The capital was relocated to Bangkok in 1768 when the
Burmese army destroyed much of Ayutthaya. Today tourists needn't
imagine too much to experience splendour of the old capital as many
of the enormous structures are still there, and the ruins of
Ayutthaya have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Multiple buses (a trip that takes a bit over an hour) and trains
arrive daily from Bangkok and a boat up the Chao Phraya River to
Ayutthaya can be organised through travel agencies. Although many
organised tours in Thailand can be a frustrating experience, a tour
guide here can give some fascinating history to the already
impressive wats. This is an easy way to experience some of the
ancient history of Siam as Bangkok is relatively new.
Address: At the junction of the Chao Phraya, Lopburi and Pa Sak