Ayutthaya – Thailand

Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 and was the second capital city of Siam (Thailand). A central trading capital of Asia in its heydays, in 1700 it was touted to be the largest city in the world with 1 million people. Merchants from distant lands such as the Middle-East, India, China, Japan, Portugal, France and the Netherlands were trading with Ayutthaya and claimed it as the finest city they had ever seen.

The Burmese sacked the city in 1767 and almost completely destroyed the city by razing most of the buildings to the ground. Most of the remains today are remnants of temples and palaces. The old city became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. Located 85 km from Bangkok, it sits at the confluence of the Chao Phraya, Lopburi and Pa Sak rivers.

Ayutthaya train station
The iltreno Hostel opposite the train station run by a young attorney and his family. il.treno.ayutthaya@gmail.com 
Attorney Jack (left) and his team. Jack: +668 8858 2973. You can get free Muay Thai lessons too.  https://www.facebook.com/Iltrenohostel/

Convenient transport. 40 Baht a day.

 

Author: J. Sam Barr

Greetings from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

6 thoughts on “Ayutthaya – Thailand”

  1. Very nice trip you had Sammy. Enjoyed the pics and historical briefing will add it to my bucket list. Thailand is a favorite destination for Swedes in winter, I want to check out the big attractions some day.

    1. Thanks Jim, Yes, Thailand is a lovely country. Unbelievable cheap especially when you exchange Euros for Baht. It has a lot to offer besides nightlife and shopping.Lovely islands and beaches too. I’ll post pictures of the country’s first capital Sukhothai soon. If you like ruins, take a detour to Siam Reap in Cambodia to see the Angkor Temple Complex. It’s probably a 45-min flight from Bangkok.

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