The Historic City of Ayutthaya

In Thailand, not far from Bangkok, lies a World Heritage Site:  The Historic City of Ayutthaya.

Ayutthaya was a Siamese kingdom that existed from 1351 to 1767. In the 16th Century, Siam was described by foreign traders as one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the East, compared in size and wealth to Paris.

In 1767, as a result of two years of war, Ayuthaya was conquered by the Burmese army. They destroyed everything that was sacred to the Thais, the city was abandoned and fell into ruins.

Today only stone walls and a few towers remain. Travelers usually stop to photograph the crumbling temples and pagodas (see video) and the most unusual of tourist attractions, the buddha head in a fig tree.

Why not combine a day trip from Bangkok to view Ayutthaya Historical Park and spend time at Elephantstay. It’s a working camp and sanctuary for Thai elephants just a few kilometres from the World Heritage Site park.

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