Ayutthaya (island), Thailand
Ayutthaya is an island located in Thailand and its rich history makes it one of the most popular travel destinations in Asia. Once the most profitable and populated city in the world, this former capital of Thailand suffered devastating destruction, leaving behind architectural ruins and a quiet humility that draws tourists to it year-round. Its amazing history has made it an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ayutthaya is located approximately 80 kilometers north of Bangkok and you can get there by train, boat, tram, car or bus. Once on the island, tourists can visit the many ruins and temples by foot or they may wish to rent a bicycle or motorized tuk-tuk. In addition to the many historical ruins, tourists may visit any of the working museums and monasteries.
Guests may visit the island’s beautiful gardens as well as marvel at the modern lodgings of royalty such as the Bang-Pa In Summer Palace. Tours are available and entrance to the various landmarks may require a small fee or none at all.
Lodging, dining, and activities on Ayutthaya cater to both modern and conservative tourists. Some hotels offer internet service, air conditioning and spa-like services while other hotels or guesthouses simply provide the necessities with no modern conveniences at all.
Guests can spend their time away from the sights by taking an elephant ride through the island’s tropical topography or worshipping alongside monks in one of the islands many working temples.
Tourists wishing for fun that is more boisterous may wish to travel back to Bangkok and visit one of its many nightclubs, bazaars, or restaurants.
Ayutthaya boasts some of the most magnificent ancient architectural relics, modern palaces and horticultural gardens in the entire world. The plethora of history, the friendly local Thai people, the pleasant climate, and the affordability make Ayutthaya a place every tourist to Thailand should consider making.