A few hours drive outside Bangkok, the Ayutthaya Ruins Thailand is located, an ancient city. The name means The invincible City, and was a Siamese Kingdom that exited from 1351 to 1767. Outside the city, traders from China, Vietnam, India, Japan and Persia put up villages to be close to the capital where trading was one of the main activities. In the sixteenth century is was one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the eastern part of the world, and compared to the size and wealth of Paris at the time. The inhabitants called themselves “Tai” and the city the “Tai Capital” even though the foreign name was Siam.
The kingdom was a patch work of self-govering principalities and provinces supporting the King of Ayutthaya under the circle of power. Overall there was piece and quite between these different provinces, but it was evident that from time to time local revolts took place, led by local princes or kings.
But at history has thought us, the kingdom once came to an end. In 1765 a force of Burmese armies invaded the territories of Ayutthaya, and quickly overtook the area, as the outlying towns capitulated. A few of the villages fought back, but after 14 months the entire capitulatd and was burned in april 1767. Ayutthayas art treasures, the libraries containing its literature, and the archives housing its historic records were almost totally destroyed, and the Burmese brought the Ayutthaya Kingdom to tis final ruin. The burmese rule lasted a mere few months. The Burmese were forced to withdraw as they had been fighting a simultaneous war with the Chinese in three years. After this, the country was reduces to chaos, and all that remained of the old capital were some ruins of the royal palace.
The ruins of the historic city of Ayutthaya and the associated historic towns in the historical park have been listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Today Ayutthaya is a popular tourist attraction, where a lot of people visit the ruins ever day. The ruins are spread out over a huge area, and therefore it you actually have a lot of space, and there is not overcrowded. In 1969 the Fine Arts Department began with renovations of the ruines, before the final historical park opened in 1976. A good way to see this area it to hire a private driver from Bangkok, remember to negotiate the price first, so avoid to be tricked by the drivers. The drive is between 1,5 and 2 hours depending on where you stay in Bangkok and the traffic. By doing this, you are able to get quickly around the different sites of the ruins, and follow your own pace at any time. we loved walking around in the historic town to find great images to the blog.
There are two important thing you must be sure to do, it first of to see the Buddha in the tree, Wat Mahathat, which is one of the most famous attractions in Thailand. Thereafter you have to stay in the area, until the darkness falls, and the lights turns on at the ruins. The colors and lights out a hole new dimension to the area.