The historic city of Ayutthaya, Thailand, was founded in 1350 and was the first capital city of the titular kingdom.
The city was ransacked by the Burmese army in 1767, who burned it to the ground and forced its inhabitants to flee to the countryside.
Now, the once bustling city has been turned into the sedate Ayutthaya Historical Park, dotted with ancient monuments and archaeological ruins. Tall, ancient towers of monumental Buddhist monasteries serve as potent reminders to every visitor of a once great civilization.
In 1991, Unesco designated Ayutthaya as a World Heritage Site.
The Ayutthaya Historical Park is a 90-minute drive from Bangkok. It covers an extensive complex of temples and monuments.