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Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Historic city in central Thailand, once the second Siamese capital, known for its extensive archaeological ruins and temples.

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Ayutthaya was once the second location for the capital city of Thailand. By 1700, Ayutthaya was the most populated city in the world with 1 million inhabitants. It was also the trading capital of the world. Three rivers surrounding the city, all lead to the ocean, made it an ideal location for global trade. The glory didn’t last forever, though. In 1767, the city was invaded and most of it was burned to the ground and extensively looted. Local residents were forced to flee. The city was never rebuilt and the capital of Thailand was moved to Bangkok. What now remains is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ruins of the once opulent and influential capital city are fascinating to see, especially by bicycle. The ruin locations are close enough together to walk, but a bicycle affords covering a bit more ground. Of course, I have to recommend hitting the pavement on two wheels early in the day with a lot of water on you, a hat, and some sunscreen. Thailand is hot, but you already knew that.

laurenallain 2 years ago

Whoever said backpacking Southeast Asia can’t be educational? Well…the UNESCO-tagged town of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya certainly is. It was constructed by the old kings of Siam back in the 1300s, lasting more than 400 years before it was razed by the Burmese in the 18th century. What remains is a vast complex of half-crumpled temples, soaring prang (stone spires), and reclining Buddhas. Rent a bike and cycle the sites; it’s the most pleasant way to navigate. Itineraries should certainly include Wat Mahathat and its haunting statues writhed in teak trees, and Wat ChaiWatthanaram, which reflects beautifully in the Chao Phraya River.

jrfrancis 2 years ago

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, located in central Thailand, was the former capital of the Siamese Kingdom and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can explore its impressive palaces, temples, and ruins that date back to the 14th century. With its unique blend of Thai, Indian, and Khmer influences, Ayutthaya is a must-visit destination for those interested in history and architecture.

seeker 11 months ago

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