Ayutthaya was called one of the most beautiful Asian cities before it was ultimately destroyed by neighboring Burma. Nowadays, we can only guess how it might have looked. Dozens of broken temples and Buddha statues may give us a clue. Ayutthaya has retained its magic for centuries and, despite the unfavorable historical events, remained a mysteriously breath-taking place to this day. Set out with us to the former royal city and read our Ayutthaya Travel Guide about a very interesting place you definitely shouldn’t miss on your way to Thailand.
Thailand was in the past, namely until 1939, known as Siam. Ayutthaya was the capital of the Siam between 1350 and 1767. The city flourished and became a cultural center and main business network not only in Asia but also around the world. Merchants who sailed from Europe spoke of Ayutthaya as the most beautiful city they had ever seen. Ayutthaya was a royal city surrounded by several rivers, full of golden temples and Buddha statues, full of fairy-tale riches. By 1700, it was the largest city in the world with a total population of 1 million. After repeated attacks by neighboring Burma, Ayutthaya finally fell in 1767 and it was destroyed. The capital was then moved to Bangkok, which lies approximately 85 kilometers from Ayutthaya.