February 8 Bangkok
Italics - tour company description.
Enjoy a full day at your leisure. (Breakfast)
In fact we had booked a tour with the same guide that we had on Friday to the River Kwai.
Tom picked us up at 9 AM. two other couples had booked the same tour with the Avalon guide to Ayutthaya leaving at 7:30 and returning by boat.
After a rather light breakfast (lunch is included) we headed out of Bangkok. Thankfully it is Sunday so traffic is "relatively" light.
This is a much more scenic drive, lots of rice fields.
This was an incredible day and I am trying to limit the photos!
The 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.
This once glorious capital city, situated 80 km from Bangkok was destroyed by the Burmese army in 1767 and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. A large number of palaces, temples and chedis are still standing. In 1782 Bangkok became the capital of Thailand. The principal sights include the gigantic bronze statues of Wat Mongkol Borpith, also Wat Phra Srisanpetch and Wat Yai Chai Mongkol.