One of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia is the bustling city of Bangkok. Serving as the capital of Thailand and its official seat of government, Bangkok is known for being home to many iconic landmarks and attractions such as the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, the Jim Thompson House, the National Museum of Royal Barges, and Wat Phra Kaew. Located a couple of hours away from Bangkok is the ancient city of Ayutthaya, which is also amongst the most popular excursions in Bangkok offered by hotels such as the AVANI Atrium Bangkok.
Ayutthaya is one of the most archeologically rich locations in Thailand, as the city was once the site of one of the most flourishing kingdoms in the East. This Siamese kingdom existed from 1351 to 1767, when it was faced with its downfall at the hands of Burmese invaders. During its peak, the Kingdom of Ayutthaya was considered to be one of the wealthiest Kingdoms in the region, making it one of the most popular Eastern kingdoms at the time. Although much of this once great kingdom is in ruins today, Ayutthaya is still worth a visit as the ruins speak volumes of the glamour and beauty that was once the Ayutthaya kingdom.
The ruins of Ayutthaya and its associated historic towns are all classified by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, owing to their immense archeological and historic value. A day trip to Ayutthaya will give you the opportunity of witnessing numerous ruined buildings and structures that once stood proudly. Some of the major highlights are Wat Phu Khao Thong, Wat Phra Mahathat, the Phet Fortress, Wat Na Phra Mane, Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit, and the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, You can cover most of these landmarks on a day trip to Ayutthaya. Those of you who take joy in exploring history and culture are sure to be enchanted with Ayutthaya, as the ruins tell the stories of hundreds of years of heritage and culture.
Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.