I know i' going all a bit higgledy-piggledy with my blogs but trying to catch up - AGAIN!
So before Christmas we went to Thailands old capital city. Full of history and temples, it was an education for a few days. Not that i can remember much now, lol. So i have cheated and put a little snapshot from Wikipedia inm
Ayutthaya city is the capital of Ayutthaya province in Thailand. The city was founded in 1350 by King U Thong, who went there to escape a smallpox outbreak in Lop Buri and proclaimed it the capital of his kingdom. Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendour.It is estimated that Ayutthaya by the year 1600 CE had a population of about 300,000, with the population perhaps reaching 1,000,000 around 1700 CE, making it one of the world's largest cities at that time. In 1767, the city was destroyed by the Burmese army, resulting in the collapse of the kingdom. The Ayutthaya historical park is the ruins of the former capital of the Kingdom. It is the site of mass murder, rape and enslavement of Siamese people and destruction of the Ayutthaya city, its art and buildings by the Burmese in 1767.
May not be that interesting to you guys, but we found it quite fascinating learning really.
We only stayed here two nights. The first night in an over-priced hotel (because our train set off 2hours late and managed to arrive 4hours late so by the time we arrived most places had closed up for the night, love it!) and the second in a lovely, quirky little place for just 6 quid.
The only full day we had we spent riding around the city on a motor-bike, going from one place of interest to the other, then watching the sunset behind one of the temples. Mmm Mmm Mmmmmmm xx