Approximately 80 miles north of Bangkok is the ancient Siam capital of Ayutthaya, also a UNESCO world heritage site. Most people bypass Ayutthaya in favour of Siem Riep which is spectacular and one of our favourite architectural marvels. But if you have time and need a dose of awe-inspiring architecture, it's worth taking a day trip from Bangkok (2 hour train ride) to visit these ancient temples.
We stopped in Ayutthaya enroute to Bangkok on an overnight train journey from Chiang Mai. The bad news is that you arrive at the crack of dawn and none of the temples are open until 9 am, and as Ayutthaya is not really on the tourist circuit, the town is very quiet, even more so during off season. The temples and wats are spread around town so best to hire a tuk tuk or a bicycle for the day.
Enjoy the photos: