Ayutthaya was once a large and bustling metropolis, but today lies in ruins. See the old ruins, as well as the reconstructed site, Buddhist temples and other sites of interest on a cruise or tour of this historic city.
The richly historic city of Ayutthaya was founded in 1350, and was the second largest capital of the Siamese Kingdom. It was once a wealthy, flourishing city between the 14th to the 18th centuries, and grew to be one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan urban areas and a centre of global diplomacy and commerce. Despite its strategic location, the city was attacked and razed by the Burmese army in 1767, and was never rebuilt in the same location and remains known today as an extensive archaeological site.
The place is characterized by the remains of tall prang (reliquary towers) and Buddhist monasteries of impressive proportions, which gives you an idea of the city’s past size and splendour. It was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and promises visitors a rich cultural experience when visited. The experience includes ancient architectural ruins, introduction to Buddhist culture and temples, and a beautiful surrounding area.