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Ayutthaya was one of the most important and great ancient capital of the Kingdom of Thailand in the old days. Nowadays, Ayutthaya is one of the most impressive ruined cities in Asia. UNESCO declared the Ayutthaya Historical Park a World Heritage Site in . Ayutthaya is not far away from Bangkok. (It is just about kgs. north of Bangkok.) Most tourists love to join sightseeing tours for a one-day trip from Bangkok by bus or by boat. (the excursion on the Chao Phraya River would be quite delightful.)
There were a lot of beautiful temples, palaces and religious sculptures, but most of them were destroyed during Burmese' s invasion. The holy and historic ruins, the wealth of history and its splendor impress and attract most tourists. There are many fascinating places in Ayutthaya where you can look around for the whole day. This maybe the main reason why those who have real interest in Thai history remark Ayutthaya as "Thailand Tourist Destination".
Ayutthaya is surrounded and confluenced by three rivers; Chao Phraya River, Pasak River and Ropburi River, which create Ayutthaya as a most favorably island-city. This ancient city at dawn and dusk is the most magical and beautiful scenery. You can watch the sun set behind the magnificent temples. You will enjoy exploring the ruins. You can also see several small chedi and Buddha images with broken limbs. The calm atmosphere with the ruins will attract you to come and see Ayutthaya again.
The list of must see places is endless. Here are only a few samples:
*Wat Pra Si Sanphet : one of the grandest temples in Ayutthaya.
*An older temple Wat Phra Mahathat was built to house the relics of the Buddha. The most interesting thing here is a stone head of the Buddha which is covered by the root of a fig tree. It is very amazing.
*Another city's splendor is the Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace. It is a photogenic complex of European and Chinese-style palace building.
In short, we can say that Ayutthaya offer a fascinating insight into Thai history. Whatever your interest from temples, ancient palaces, Ayutthaya is the place to go. Whenever you decide to travel to Ayutthaya, you can be certain of one thing; warm hospitality, making your holiday as happy as it will be memorable as Thailand Tourist Destination.