Ayutthaya Our next destination was founded in 1350 however it was destroyed by the Burmese army, resulting in the collapse of the kingdom. We visited the Ayutthaya historical park which is the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam and now in ruins and considered a UNSCO World Heritage Site. We took an evening canal boat trip which takes you to 3 locations off the island. Then the next morning we hired bicycles and cycled the ruins – this is by far the best way to get around and see all of the ruins in this magnificent old town.
Sukhothai was our next destination with the name meaning “dawn of happiness”. The Sukhothai Kingdom existed from 1238 till 1438. This amazing town was once the capital of Thailand before Bangkok took over. Old Sukhothai is now 12 km outside of New Sukhothai and is in ruins and now a designated as a UNESCO World Heritage historical park. We stayed in a lovely guesthouse in New Sukhothai and caught a bus which leaves ever 30 minutes and runs between new and old Sukhothai. We also hired bicycles to discover the ruins and found the paths to cycle on around the ruins are much more established here and the ruins have been separated into 5 separate ‘parks’ to visit.