Favorite thing: Ayutthaya may be an essential for a trip to Bangkok and Thailand, however I want to tell you my experience so you can't say you weren't warned. I took a guided tour by bus to Ayutthaya, a quick stop to the temples, and then to Bang Pa'In and back by boat. This was by far the worst tour I have ever been on. I mean my skin crawls just thinking about it. Ayutthaya may be great, but we didn't have hardly any time to explore, Bang Pain is about the least interesting place in the world. Bang Pain is a summer palace for the royalty, you basically drive or walk around and look at the different buildings, it is incredibly boring. It is three or four hours of torture to be in this place. There was one kid on our tour whose camera and all his pictures was confiscated because he had his camera out in a restricted area. The tour guide, although very nice, repeated everything he said maybe 4 times, I felt like I was in the twilight zone. The boat ride back was nice, with a buffet lunch. Overall, please, please, please, please, unless you want to be tortured, don't take a guided tour to Ayutthaya!!!!!
Ayutaya, an ancient city not far from Bangkok.
The city is not so far from Bangkok you can go and get back in a day trip, ask your hotel or any agency to arrange an excursion there, it's very popular and very easy to reach.
Even from afar the Khmer type tower of Wat Ratchaburana looked imposing and beautiful in its intricacy. Up close, it didn't disappoint.
The two chedis were built by Chao Sam Phraya in memory of two brothers who fought and died in battle for the throne after their father passed away.
If I'm not mistaken, that's Garuda carved in the corners of the tower.
This city, located about 80 km north of Bangkok, is an ancient capital from 1350 until 1767 when the city was destroyed by Burmese invaders. Ayutthaya has many temple ruins worth visiting.
For more information about Ayutthaya, down load it's pdf documents:(http://www.tat.or.th/do/pdf/ayutthaya.pdf)
Daytour around Bangkok
Among the 'must see' attractions in Thailand is a visit
to Ayuthya, the former capital of Thailand situated 76
kms north of Bangkok. The principal sights are the
gigantic bronze statues of Wat Mongkol Borpith, Wat
Srisanpetch and Wat Panangcherng.This tour also
includes a boat trip to Bang- Pa- In, the former Royal
Summer Residence, which represents a fine example of Thai architecture.