Just 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Bangkok is the old capital of Ayutthaya (or Ayuthaya, or even Ayodhaya. No matter how you spell it, its pronounced ah-you-tah-ya.) In 1991, a vast stretch of Ayuthaya’s historical sites was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city became Thailand's capitol in the mid-14th century and remained the capitol until the late 18th century. About the time that Americans were tossing tea into Boston harbor, the Burmese attacked and sacked Ayutthaya. View city ruins of Ayutthaya, built in 1350 A.D., which had been the capital of kingdom for 400 years. Visit 3 famous temples and 1 summer palace
Visit the Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace consisting of the finest Thai-style architecture. The Royal Palace at Bang Pa-In has a history dating back to the 17 th century. According to a chronicle of Ayutthaya, King Prasat Thong had a palace constructed on Bang Pa-In Island in the Chao Phraya River.
Also visit the most important and well-known temples in Ayutthaya. Wat Phra Si Sanphet is located in the grand palace compound, it was used as a residential palace since the reign of King Ramathibodi I (Phra Chao U – Thong). Moreover, visit and pay homage the other 2 famous temples. (L)