The day before we left Thailand, we took a day-trip from Bangkok to visit Ayutthaya. Little did we know that we had saved the best for last. Ayutthaya is the ancient capital city of Thailand and it’s located about 90km north of Bangkok. The city was founded in the mid 1300’s and remained Thailand’s capital city for over 400 years. In the 1600’s, it was one of the largest and most prosperous cities in Asia. However, in the late 1700’s, the city was overthrown and destroyed by the Burmese. The bits and pieces that are left are quite a site and definitely worth the trip. There are many trains going to Ayutthaya (it’s on the Chiang Mai route) everyday and no reservation is required. Simply show up at the station and get a ticket for the next train. Tickets cost less than a dollar, and it’s about a 1.5 hour trip. Click here for Seat 61’s information on trains in Thailand. I would highly suggest that you rent a motorbike or bicycle upon arrival. We didn’t but later regretted it. We chose to walk, but we would have seen more if we’d had a faster form of transportation. A tour bus full of young monks arrived about the same time we did. I’ll be quiet now and let you experience ancient Ayutthaya through Jared’s photos. We had an overall fantastic time exploring ancient Ayutthaya. It’s one of Thailand’s hidden gems and a must-see destination. What a great way to wrap up our adventures in Thailand! Next up was Nepal. Keep in touch to hear about our trek to the Everest Base Camp!