Going back in time...
Ayutthaya Travel Blog› entry 4 of 39 › view all entries
Ayutthaya was a former capital city of Thailand, and was founded in 1350 by then-King U-Thong (King Ramathidodi I), who fled to the city to escape a smallpox outbreak in Lop Buri. It was often referred to as Ayutthaya Kingdom, or Siam, after the King declared it capital of the Kingdom. Ayutthaya was a kingdom in it's own right from 1350 until 1767, when the Burmese Amry rampaged through the city, destroying sacred sites. The remaining ruins, which is now Ayutthaya Historial Park, houses the remains of temples, called Chedis, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The residential city was rebuilt not far from the ruins.
We took a day trip to Ayutthaya, driving out of bangkok in a bus, stopping at a trashy tourist place where elephants painted with brushes at right angles and the artworks were sold to raise funds for the animals (maybe a worthwhile cause, but it looked ridiculous).
We got to Ayutthaya proper and saw around the temples and palaces...we hired a golf buggy to tootle about in at the palace because Mum didn't want to walk so far as it was very hot! The temples were amazing, very atmospheric and the scale of them was amazing. I climbed up to the top of a central stupa in the middle of a square formation to take one of the pictures looking down on a corner tower...I turned round and Dad was on the other side, having climbed up onto the other side of the platform!!! I'll dig that photo out and put it up.
It was about now I started to feel ill, and ended up lying on the grass beside the lake in the shadow of a temple to stave of the ickiness. I thought it was just a migraine, and in the picture I do look flushed and unhappy! We had lunch on the boat on the Chao-Praya River and headed back into the city. As I mentioned in another blog, there was a very slack jawed look of death about me when I fell asleep on deck!!
Ayutthaya is an amazing place, very historic and very interesting, and I'll definitely go back with Mark in Summer 2008.