Ayutthaya – Largest City in the World 1700s

One of the fun things about this time in life is all our friends are getting married…which is great for them, but also that means some exotic weddings.

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Buddha in Ayutthaya

Last month, our friends got married on an island in Thailand, Koh Samui. Instead of just going for the weekend, we planned a trip for two and half weeks. After arriving in Bangkok for a night, we ventured up towards Chiang Mai but stopped off at an absolute gem of a place called Ayutthaya, once the the worlds largest city dating back to 1400’s.
Some quick history:
‘Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya’ was founded in 1350 and was the epi-centre for trade due to its location between China, India and the Malay Archipelago. by 1700s, the city held more than 1 million inhabitants. Although so well established for a while, this came to an abrupt end when the Burmese invaded Ayutthaya in 1767 and almost completely burnt the city down to the ground.
We caught the train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya and by lunchtime we had our bikes ready to go (i strongly suggest using them in getting around as it takes ages to walk all the sights in the heat). We decided that renting the bikes from across the river made more sense as we did not need to bother transporting the bike on the ferry.

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Buddha head grown into the banyan tree

There are 20 or so different sights to see which were amazing! I recommend anyone travelling to Thailand to check it out, really impressive and gives you the sense of what it was like in that time.

One of the most famous sights in Thailand is the Buddha statue head growing our of a tree here in Ayutthaya. There are many theories as to how this happened but nevertheless, the most photographed sight in this once great city.

See you soon,

Mark

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