Dates: April 1 - April 3
Ayuthaya was my first real destination in Thailand after bussing from Cambodia to Bangkok. From 1370 to 1767, Ayuthaya, built upon an inland island surrounded by rivers, was the glamorous capital of the Kingdom of Siam and one of Asia’s chief trading ports. After the city was looted by the Burmese in 1767, Siam moved its capital to Bangkok. While Ayuthaya’s gold and other royal treasures were carried off by the Burmese, dozens of UNESCO archeological ruins still grace the island, making Ayuthaya a treasure of Thailand’s cultural heritage. I spent a couple days exploring the town on bicycle.