The ancient city of Ayutthaya, or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, the Thai capital for 417 years, is one of Thailand’s major tourist attractions. Founded in 1350 by King U-Thong when the Thais were forced southwards by northern neighbours, many ancient ruins and art works can still be seen to this day. When Ayutthaya held the title of Thai capital, 33 kings from different dynasties ruled the kingdom until it was invaded by the Burmese in 1767.
Ayutthaya is 76 kilometers north of Bangkok and boasts numerous magnificent ruins, many of which indicate that Ayutthaya was one of Indochina’s most prosperous cities. Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, a vast historical park in the heart of Ayutthaya city, has been included in UNESCO’s list of world heritage since 13 December 1991.
Ayutthaya covers 2,556 square kilometers, and is administratively divided into 16 districts (Amphoes). It is conveniently accessible due to good transport links and being a short distance from Bangkok.
Ayutthaya is situated about 76 kilometers north of Bangkok. The former capital for 417 years is one of Thailand’s major tourist attractions, boasting numerous magnificent ruins.
Bang Pa-In Palace include pavilions and halls constructed in Thai, Chinese, and European architectural styles Ayutthaya is the Thai capital for 417 years, is one of Thailand’s major tourist attractions.