Our Picks | The Best Sites & Temples in Ayutthaya, Thailand; Kavita Favelle; Kavey Eats

Thailand – Historic City of Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya, a small city not far from Bangkok, is best known for the multitude of temple ruins scattered around its historical centre.

Founded in 1350 as the capital of the Siamese Kingdom, Ayutthaya flourished for more than four centuries, growing into one of the largest cities of the period. Thanks to its strategic location on an island surrounded by three rivers, and with a direct connection to the sea, it became a key centre of commerce and global diplomacy. During it’s heyday, it was a grand and wealthy city full of ornately decorated palaces and temples. In 1767 the city was brutally sacked by the Burmese who burned Ayutthaya to the ground. Following this, the Thai capital moved to Thonburi (in present-day Bangkok), and remained there even after Ayutthaya was retaken from the Burmese, and the regions of Thailand were unified into a single kingdom.

Visiting the Palaces and Temples of Ayutthaya

Extensive ruins of many of the former capital’s palaces and temples remain virtually untouched; the city of Ayutthaya having regrown gradually around them.

Source: Our Picks | The Best Sites & Temples in Ayutthaya, Thailand – Kavey Eats

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10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Ayutthaya; Casey Hynes; PlanetWare

Thailand – Historic City of Ayutthaya

The old Thai capital of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most impressive ruined cities in Asia, and a must-see for history buffs visiting Thailand. The Menam, Lopburi, and Pasak rivers ring the island of ruins. Wandering through this once-thriving place will make you feel you’ve stepped back through time. Allow at least two days to see all of Ayutthaya’s attractions, and more if you don’t want to feel rushed. This place is steeped in history and you’ll want to get the full experience while you’re here. Ayutthaya Historical Park is open 8:30 am-4:30 pm daily.

1 Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Wat Phra Si Sanphet is the loveliest but also the most historically important temple in old Ayutthaya. Its three large chedis and numerous smaller ones make this wat one of the most impressive sights in the ruined city.

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The Best of Bangkok; Amanda; Kevin & Amanda

Thailand – Historic City of Ayutthaya

The Ultimate Guide to Bangkok. Here are the best things to do and see in Bangkok, PLUS the most popular day trips from Bangkok.

After traveling our way north through Singapore and Malaysia, we were so excited to spend the next 15 nights in Thailand with Centara Hotels & Resorts. Hello Thai food! Our first stop was the capital city of Bangkok. We only had 3 nights here, so we had to make the most of our time. We spent one day visiting as many of the main sites in Bangkok as possible. The other 2 days we took day trips outside the city to see some of the most popular historical sites nearby.

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The lost cities of Southeast Asia; Aisyah Llewellyn; Travel Wire Asia

Thailand – Historic City of Ayutthaya

LOST cities have always been the stuff of intrigue and legend. Once thriving metropolises, lost cities by definition fell into decline at some point throughout history, eventually becoming completely uninhabited.

Some remain nothing more than shadowy myths, like the lost continent of Atlantis, first mentioned by Plato and said to have been swallowed up by the sea. Others have been lost to time, engulfed by the jungle, only to be rediscovered years later and then placed firmly on the tourist trail.

Nowadays some former lost cities in Southeast Asia have been resurrected from a pile of ruins, while many are nothing more than the subject of disputed theories and prolonged yet unfruitful historical research.

Here are some of the most famous lost cities of Southeast Asia:

Angkor – Cambodia

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10 Beautiful Places of Thailand That Will Impress You; Himanshu Kapoor; Tripoto

Thailand – Historic City of Ayutthaya

1 Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya an island between the Chao Phraya, Pa Sak And Lopburi Rivers, it’s just 50 kilometers away from Thailand main City. Ayutthaya is also declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Website for info: http://www.bangkok.com

How to Reach: Catch a bus from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal to Ayutthaya.

2 Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai or Chiengmai is a largest city in northern Thailand and is a cultural hub, and a house of hundreds of ancient temples. People who love outdoor activities they can have trekking, rafting or elephant camps here.

Website for info: http://www.chiangmai.bangkok.com

How to Reach: You can get direct bus from city to Central, Southeast, and Northern Thailand.

3 Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is the northernmost large city in Thailand, it is closely located to the Golden Triangle, a border area on the Mekong River where Thailand, Laos, and Burma.

Website for info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Rai_(city)

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The 10 Greatest Cities in the History of the World | Baba Recommends; BabaMail

Thailand – Historic City of Ayutthaya
Through the millennia, many great cities have risen and fallen, but the greatest of all have stood the test of time and gone on to thrive. Some are many times larger than they were historically, whereas others are now inhabited by a few tens of thousands. Nevertheless, these 10 cities were all the greatest in the world at a point in their history:
10. Carthage

Population: 500,000 (in 300BC)

Present day population: 20,715

Some 20,000 urns containing the charred remains of newborns and infants were recently unearthed at the site of the once-mighty Carthaginian capital. Records of the city were destroyed by the Romans following the end of the Third Punic War, so we’ll never know whether they were sacrificial victims, or whether they died of famine or drought. At its height, Carthage was home to half a million people.

9. Rome

Population: 1,200,000 (In 200AD)

Present day population: 2,754,440

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Can VR and 3D mapping save China’s cultural history from tourists, earthquakes and climate change?; Jamie Carter; South China Morning Post

Thailand – Historic City of Ayutthaya

Technology is being used to digitally preserve Dunhuang’s Mogao Caves as mass tourism takes its toll, while drone footage and photos are helping groups such as CyArk create 3D models of heritage sites across the globe.

This is where China begins. The Mogao Caves, which straddle key points on the Silk Road in China’s western Gansu province, are as precious as they are delicate.

Also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes, they form a system of 492 temples near the city of Dunhuang that contain some of the finest examples of Buddhist art in China, some dating as far back as AD366. Between them the caves contain some 45,000 square metres of exquisite murals and 2,415 coloured sculptures, many fashioned from clay, wood and straw.

It may sound intriguing, but that’s the problem.

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Trip to Ayutthaya, Thailand, recalls glory days of old Siam; Karla Cripps; CNN Travel

Thailand – Historic City of Ayutthaya
Filled with crumbling, camera-friendly ruins, Thailand’s old capital of Ayutthaya has long been a popular Bangkok day-trip destination.
Just an hour outside of the city, this UNESCO-listed heritage site, founded in 1350, was the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Bustling with commerce, it was one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, welcoming diplomats from far-flung nations.
But in 1767, 250 years ago, the Burmese moved in and demolished the kingdom, forcing inhabitants to move downriver and establish a new capital — Bangkok.
Nowadays Ayutthaya has much more to offer than a fascinating slice of Siamese history.
A recent influx of modern dining and sleeping options is tempting some to stay for the night, making it a great time to turn a visit to one of Thailand’s most culturally rewarding cities into a weekend getaway.

Ayutthaya’s historic highlights

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AYUTTHAYA VS SUKHOTHAI: SEARCHING FOR THE BEST ANCIENT RUINS IN THAILAND; Gia Kristel De Guia; Mismatched Passports

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Thailand – Historic City of Ayutthaya

Do you enjoy exploring ancient ruins? There is something beautiful in what has been left behind by former civilizations. There is always something incredible in a place that seems almost too complex to fathom. During our nearly two months of backpacking in Thailand, we explored two of its best sets of ancient ruins — Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. These historical parks possess some of the most incredible displays of ancient temples and palaces in Thailand.

Not everyone has the time to visit both archaeological sites, so the usual question is should you visit Ayutthaya or Sukhothai? Here are a few details to help with your choice. Of course, I have my own preference at the end of this post, so keep reading.

Ayutthaya Historical Park

Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya was the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai.

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Ayutthaya: Once a diplomatic hub, now a heritage site; Aroonim Bhuyan; IANS

Thailand – Historic City of Ayutthaya

The sheer splendour of Ayutthaya makes one forget that it is a balmy May afternoon when on a visit to the Unesco World Heritage Site some 80 km from Thailand’s capital Bangkok.

After lunch at a riverside restaurant at modern-day Ayutthaya, the visit to the once flourishing temple city was an enriching experience.

Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya was the second capital of the Siamese kingdom.

It was a global centre of economics and trade, and an important connecting point between the east and the west.

The Ayutthaya royal court exchanged ambassadors across the world, including with the French court at Versailles, the Mughal court in Delhi and the imperial courts of Japan and China.

Right at the entrance of the site, a plaque gives an idea of what it holds.

“Wat Mahathat (The royal temple that houses Buddha’s relics,” it reads.

 

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