AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Ayutthaya: A Trading City


Posted on Jan 24, 2014

At its peak in the 17th century the city of Ayutthaya was the largest in the world with a population of over 1 million. It was a rich, cosmopolitan city at the centre of an empire that got rich through trade rather than war. Ayutthaya is located 50 miles up the Chao Phraya River north of Bangkok, (which wasn’t founded until after the fall of Ayutthaya). Ships could sail up the river to the city. The city had trade links with...

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Ayutthaya: Ayutthaya Historical Park


Posted on Jan 23, 2014

This is just a variation on a theme of what we had seen in Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai. The remains of a massive city where only the temples had survived because they were built of stone. Ayutthaya is slightly different though, unlike the other cities it is still inhabited. The historical park is in the centre of the modern city, surrounded by houses, shops, schools, etc. Ayutthaya was the capital city of the Ayutthaya Kingdom which...

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Sukhothai to Ayutthaya


Posted on Jan 23, 2014

In an attempt to get fit we walked the one mile from the hotel (a 2 minute walk from the bridge in Sukhothai) to the bus station with our rucksacks. We are getting used to them now and can walk reasonable distances with the weight on our backs. There are two ways to get to the bus station, walk down the site of the main road which is busy and rather indirect or take the much shorter route down a number of back streets (we only managed...

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