was once one of the major world empires of Asia, with influence
extending all the way to China, Japan and Europe. The city had a
population surpassing that of London and the capitals of the west.
Not surprisingly, much remains to be seen of this once vast empire,
and the ancient ruins and temples are preserved as a UNESCO World
you love beaches and islands, Ayutthaya is definitely not the place
to visit. But for anyone with even a passing interest in Buddhist
archaeology and historical sites, then Ayutthaya is among the best
destinations in Southeast Asia. See the amazing triple-pagodas of
Si Sanphet Temple, each housing the remains of a once-great king.
Take a boat ride to the exotic palaces and gardens of Bang Pa-in,
or if you need a break from all the history, try shopping at Bang
Sai, Thailandís center for folk art and handicrafts. Best of all,
Ayutthaya is just minutes away from Bangkok. You can visit as a
day trip from Bangkok, for a weekend or as long as you wish.
a leisurely boat trip up the river to the decadent palaces and gardens
at Bang Pa-in. Go there and back in a day from Bangkok or take your
time with a two-day luxury tour.
Si Sanphet Temple
most famous and most outstanding temple and a symbol of the power
and majesty of the Ayutthaya era.
Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Center
your fill of history? Try Bang Sai to pick up some low-priced Thai
handicrafts and see how they are made into the bargain.