The first of our Thailand ancient cities-Ayutthaya

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!

First glimpse of Wat Thammikkarat

First glimpse of Wat Thammikkarat

More of Wat Thammikkarat-interesting fact, Mortal Kombat was set here!

More of Wat Thammikkarat-interesting fact, Mortal Kombat was set here!

Was great to be in and around temples as it was getting dark

Was great to be in and around temples as it was getting dark

Dramatic lighting and everything!

Dramatic lighting and everything!

First of MANY Buddha photos!

First of MANY Buddha photos!

The steeps of Wat Phra Si Sanphet

The steeps of Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Wat Phra Si Sanphet-this was just a small part of the Royal Palace complex which was destroyed

Wat Phra Si Sanphet-this was just a small part of the Royal Palace complex which was destroyed

Love their elephants!

Love their elephants!

Central city monument

Central city monument

WASSSSSUUUUUUP!

WASSSSSUUUUUUP!

No, not the Loch Ness Monster, but one of the many monitor lizards

No, not the Loch Ness Monster, but one of the many monitor lizards

The leaning towers of Wat Mahathat

The leaning towers of Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat

Dusk creates some of the most beautiful scenes

Dusk creates some of the most beautiful scenes

Famous Buddha head in tree at Wat Mahathat

Famous Buddha head in tree at Wat Mahathat

Same Buddha, different angle!

Same Buddha, different angle!

Sunsets on Wat Mahathat

Sunsets on Wat Mahathat

MASSIVE bronze Buddha at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

MASSIVE bronze Buddha at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

That's one biiiiiig Buddha

That’s one biiiiiig Buddha

One of the many Buddha shrines

One of the many Buddha shrines

The river was absolutely teeming wiith massive catfish-seriously, this was just a photo from the jetty!

The river was absolutely teeming wiith massive catfish-seriously, this was just a photo from the jetty!

After all this temple exploring, have to find a nice spot for lunch!

After all this temple exploring, have to find a nice spot for lunch!

Wat Suwandararam

Wat Suwandararam

Wat Suwandararam shrine

Wat Suwandararam shrine

The paintings on the wwalls of this tempe were amazing, and told the life story of the Thai king

The paintings on the wwalls of this tempe were amazing, and told the life story of the Thai king

Tuk tuk rank!

Tuk tuk rank!

Loads of reclining Buddha's in Ayutthaya!

Loads of reclining Buddha’s in Ayutthaya!

Steeeeeeeeep!

Steeeeeeeeep!

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2 thoughts on “The first of our Thailand ancient cities-Ayutthaya

  1. Morning,

    Another very detailed message,we do hope you can keep it up for the entire trip !!!

    From Kathy Jones 1 Estornino, La Torre Golf Resort, Roldan, 30709, Murcia.

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