Ayutthaya, 76 kilometres north of Bangkok, was the capital of the kingdom of the same name for 417 years, from 1350, when it was founded by King U-Thong (Ramathibodi I), to 1767, when the capital was sacked by the Burmese invader. From this glorious past, the city has retained a prestige that makes it a must for those interested in historical remains. These have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1991, making Ayutthaya a privileged tourist destination, but subject to the vagaries of the weather during the monsoon season.

Every year in mid-December, a festival is organized to commemorate the historical past. Processions, traditional dances and sound and light show of great quality. Not to be missed if you are in the area at this time of year! It is then recommended that you book your hotel room in advance.

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