The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya is 85 kilometres north of Bangkok. We took a day trip out to this ancient city on our last day in the capital. We were heading north to Chiang Mai that evening, and we wanted to be tired on the overnight bus – this was the prefect way to make sure that we were! On our full-day guided excursion from Bangkok we visited Thailand’s former capital by van. This post will show you our first stop on the tour – Wat Phu Khao Thong.
Ayutthaya was a thriving Siamese Kingdom from 1350 to 1767, when it was captured by the Burmese. In foreign countries, Ayutthaya was called Siam (the ancient name for Thailand), but many sources say that the people of Ayutthaya called themselves “Tai”, and their Kingdom Krung Tai, “The Tai Capital”. Today Ayutthaya is known for its speculator ruins and temples, many of which are still intact.