Ayutthaya, a former capital of Thailand,
is located about 85 kilometers north of Bangkok.
It is the capital of the equally named province.
Ayutthaya was the Thai capital from 1350 to 1767, and according to all known sources, it was a very beautiful city, bigger than London or Paris at that time. In 1767 the city was conquered by the Burmese and almost completely destroyed, Bangkok was the next capital. The only thing that remains are ruins, which are definitely worth a visit.
We tell here virtually nothing about the ruins (only a few pictures) but we tell you something about modern Ayutthaya. Want to know more, there are plenty of good guides.
The city is often called shortly Ayutthaya, but the name is actually Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya.
By car from Bangkok you are in one to two hours in Ayutthaya,
it depends on where you leave and how you drive.
From the Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit) in Bangkok busses depart regularly to Aytthaya. Small buses leave from the Victory Monument in Bangkok.
Ayutthaya is located on the railway to the north and north-east; the train connection is good.
A special way to go to Ayutthaya is by boat over the Chao Phaya.
The coordinates are 14°21'8"N 100°34'36"E.
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