Lying just 85km north of Bangkok, the ancient capital of Ayutthaya makes for an excellent day trip out of the city. Ayutthaya was once the largest city in the world that was home to rich merchants, golden palaces, and general grandeur. Its unique geography as an island surrounded by rivers also made it an important trading hub, which helped create an extremely cosmopolitan community. While Ayutthaya flourished from the 14th to the 18th centuries, it met its end when it was attacked by the Burmese Army in 1767. Ayutthaya was never rebuilt but today it's an important archaeological ruin and UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
The ruins of Ayutthaya are predominantly comprised of temples, towers, and murals that can be accessed by bicycles, which can be rented from the surrounding guesthouses. We recommend that Trabblrs first head to the Tourist Information Centre for a map so that you can figure out which sights to see. The must-visits are Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Phra Mahathat, and Wat Phra Ram.
Before heading back to Bangkok, be sure to enjoy a meal at either Malakor Cafe or Phae Krung Kao. Jaymoui is also a must for those who want to try the city's specialty, boat noodles.
Meeting point: BTS Victory Monument Exit 4. From there find a shared public air-conditioned minivan to Ayutthaya. They run every 30 minutes. The drive is only about two hours barring traffic.
Leaders, we suggest you start the event early to avoid traffic and the heat! Most ruins close at 6pm.