Ayutthaya was made the capital city of Siam in 1350 and by the 18th Century was one of the most important cities in Asia. In 1767, the Burmese invaded and almost the whole city was burnt to the ground. All that remains are the stone relics of the temples and palaces that survived the blaze, situated on their island in the middle of the Chao Praya, Pa Sak and Lop Buri rivers. Although the temples are only ruins, it is still important to dress modestly and respect the various temple complexes throughout the island.
From Bangkok, you can either take the train or get a minibus from Victory Monument in the centre of Bangkok. Minibuses usually leave when they are full and take around an hour to reach the temples. The train takes slightly longer but is a great way to see some of the country on your way up to Ayutthaya.
Renting a bicycle and riding from temple to temple is the best way to see the city. City maps are available for free and it is a great way to explore if you’d rather be independent.
Don’t miss: Just off the island there is an elephant park where you can visit and feed some elephants. It is mainly an overnight park but it easy to visit for half an hour or so and buy a bucket of cucumbers to feed the elephants.