NileGuide Expert Says:
The ancient ruins of Ayutthaya are breathtaking. Make sure to see Wat Mahathat, where roots have grown around a Buddha head over the years, making for a popular postcard image. Also, wear clothes that can withstand the dusty red dirt terrain.
72 kilometers north of Bangkok
Outside the city
tel: +66 35 226 0060(Tourist Information Center)
fax: +66 2 225 7615(Tourist Information)
Only 70 kilometers north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is well worth a day trip. King U-Thong founded the city in 1350 and, at that time, was the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. A bustling heart of commerce in its heyday, Ayutthaya was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767 and now serves as a modern-day historical center. Magnificent ruins dot the landscape, open to the exploration of visitors from all over Thailand and the world. The city is easily accessible by train or bus from Bangkok and, once there, a bicycle tour is probably the best bet for getting between the most notable sites.