The ancient city of Ayutthaya, 80 kilometers (50miles) north of Bangkok, is one of Thailand’s major tourist attractions, it lies on an island formed by the confluence of the Chao Phraya, Lopburi and PaSak Rivers.
The city was founded in 1350 and was the capital of a thriving Siamese empire until it was destroyed by the invading Burmese army in 1767, it was never rebuilt.
In its heyday, Ayutthaya was a metropolis of considerable stature and ranked as one of the world’s most important (and magnificent) cities.
Today, Ayutthaya Historical Park is know for its spectacular ruins and temples, many of its temples are still intact, such as Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Pananchoeng and Wat Chai Mongkol, known for its large bronze statue of the Reclining Buddha.
Ayutthaya is now a Unesco World Heritage site.
Bang Pa-In Summer Palace is located 30 kilometers south of Ayutthaya on route to Ayutthaya and is on a small island called Bang Pa-In in the Chao Phraya River. The stunning Bang Pa-In Palace is open to the public daily from 8.30 am until 3.30 pm.