Wednesday, May 11, 2011

From Bangkok back to the glorious
days of old Siam

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Wat Chai Wattanaram วัดไชยวัฒนาราม in Ayutthaya

Can you imagine, that there was a town in Siam with more than one million inhabitants, that was admired by Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Japanese and Persian visitors as well as by Portuguese, Dutch, English, Dane and French guests? This was Ayutthaya, the first capital. Did you know, that The Grand Palace, Wat Arun and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok are copies of the old Grand Palace, Wat Chaiwattanaram and Wat Phra Si Sanphet in Ayutthaya? Today this town is still worth a trip from Bangkok. Read more about its temples and ruins and read reviews of guests, who have been to hotels, guesthouses and restaurants: Treasures of Ayutthaya. On the way you may also stop at Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, where European, Chinese and Thai architecture have melted together.

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Sages Lookout at Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

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