Again, at the risk of repeating myself, this was our second trip to Ayutthaya and we have many photos on the web pages from our first trip. To view those pages click here, a second window will open allowing you to view them and easily return here.

Ayutthaya dates to 1347 - 1351 and, at one time, was one of the most powerful kingdoms in Southeast Asia. As the capital city of Siam the city flourished form more than 400 years. Ayutthaya fell in 1767 when the city was attacked and destroyed by the Hsinbyushin of the Alaungpaya dynasty. Much of the architecture, art and literature from the time was destroyed leaving only the remnants which you can visit today.

During our first trip we took a day excursion from Bangkok by bus to the ancient capital at Ayutthaya and then Bang Pa In, the Summer Palace, which is located nearby. We enjoyed the day so much we told Carol, John and Alicia about it long before we left home. I knew my sister, Carol, who is an architecture freak, would enjoy seeing the many buildings with their varied architecture at the Summer Palace, and we didn't mind going again. In fact, we looked forward to doing the same trip again. Not only did you get to enjoy the sights at Ayutthaya and Bang Pa In, you also got to enjoy a 4-hour luncheon cruise along the Chao Praya River from the Summer Palace back to the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok. We told several of our traveling companions on the trip and before we knew it thirteen of us were journeying to Ayutthaya for the day.

Arriving at Ayutthaya the first thing you encounter is the temple on the edge of the ruins
with its golden statue of Buddha and traditional Thai roof structures

Ruins of Ayutthaya

Headless Buddha from the 1767

One of the few statues of Buddha
with the head intact

Anne and I at the ruins of Ayutthaya
Join us as we travel a short distance up the road to the Wat Yai Chai Mongkol to visit the temple and large reclining Buddha statue located there ...
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Welcome to our China 2001 Photo Album
Planning and Getting there: Grand Circle Tours and Northwest Airlines
Beijing : Arriving in Beijing | Tiananmen Square | The Imperial (Forbidden) Palace (1) | The Imperial Palace (2) | The Nine Sons of the Dragon
The Imperial Palace Garden | The Summer Palace | Summer Palace (2) | Summer Palace (3) | Summer Palace (4) | Local Beijing Market
Local Beijing Market (2) | Hutong | Bell Tower | Hutong Family, Dinner and the Opera | Cloisonné Factory | Ming Tombs | Ming Tombs (2)
Great Wall of China at Ba Da Ling | Temple of Heaven
Shanghai : Arriving Shanghai | Yuyuan Garden | Yuyuan Garden (2) | The Temple of the Jade Buddha | The Bund | Day Excursion to Suzhou
Silk Process | The Administrator's Garden of Suzhou | Shanghai Museum of Art
Cruising the Yangtze River : Yangtze Cruise, Day 1 | Yangtze Cruise, Day 2 | The Xiling and Wu Gorge | The Lesser Three Gorges
The Lesser Three Gorges (2) | The Qutang Gorge | Wanxian | The Last Day of Cruising | Regal China Cruise Lines
Chongqing : Chongqing
Xi'an : Xi'an and Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors | Emperor's Qin's Terracotta Warriors (2) | Great Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an City Wall
Quilin : The Limestone Peaks of the Li River | The Limestone Peaks of the Li River (2) | Guilin and the Childrens Park | Children's Park (2) and Reed Flute Cave
The Hotels: Hotels, rail and air travel in China
Hong Kong : Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village | Hong Kong at Sunset | Hong Kong Bird & Flower Market
| New Territories Fishing Village | Hong Kong Farewell Dinner
Bangkok : Jim Thompson House and Golden Buddha | The Flower Market | The Food Vendors | Grand Palace | Mystical Figures | Brightly Painted Masks on Mystical Figures
Golden Mystical Figures | Buildings of the Grand Palace | Lunching at the Shangri La Hotel | Loy Nava Rice Barge Cruise | Ayutthaya, Ancient Capital of Siam
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and the Reclining Buddha | Bang Pa In, The Summer Palace |

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