All having gone well in Bangkok, we made the decision to head North for a few days to chill out a bit-and Ayutthaya emerged as the place to visit. I hadn’t heard of Ayutthaya before, but definitely glad that Jo found it and we made the trip North!
Just a two hour train ride from Bangkok, Ayutthaya was actually the largest city in the world back in the year 1700-with an estimated population of 1 million. It’s essentially a small Island (3km by 4km) surrounded by the Chao Phraya, the Lopburi and Pa Sak Rivers, and these river links, as well as the fact that it was located perfectly between China, India and the Malay Archipelago, helped it develop into the trading capital of Asia. As was its importance as a trading capital, the city has incredible influences from many of the international merchants that once did business there. China, India, Japan, Portugal, the Netherlands and France all had major effects on some of the sights and tastes that you can find today. Apparently the city flourished and was one of the grandest cities in the world, that was until the Burmese invaded and pretty much razed it to the ground, destroying many of the incredible buildings and temples that populated this small island.
Now the city has rebuilt around the remaining ruins of some of the temples, and is a great place to relax and do some more exploring. Best thing for me to do is just share some pics from our travels..There’re a fair few photos here, so before I lose your attention it’s well worth noting the food that we enjoyed in Ayutthaya as well-it was AMAZING. Probably the best street food that we have had so far, with a regular row of stalls where you could eat some gorgeous Thai fare for around £4….For the both of us! Really enjoyed Ayutthaya, now for a quick pitstop in Bangkok again before moving on to Krabi and the island of Koh Jung!