Just north of Bangkok is the original capital of Thailand, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya or Ayutthaya in short, is one of Thailand ‘s historical and majestic highlights. Serving as the Thai capital for 417 years (1350 – 1767: Kingdom of Ayutthaya ), it was once glorified as one of the biggest cities in the world a Southeast Asia center for civilizations. During the 17th century, most foreign visitors to Ayutthaya , traders or diplomats alike, claimed Ayutthaya to be the most illustrious and glittering city that they had ever visited.
The map of Ayutthaya published in 1691 by Simon de la Loubre in Du Royaume De Siam is proof of such recognition. Most of Ayutthaya was destroyed in wars, and the capital then transferred to Bangkok. At Ayutthaya you can visit the ruins and The Temples and have a ride on an Elephant.
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