Ayutthaya, a beautiful city in the center of Thailand, is a city full of history (it's the second oldest city in Thailand, after Sukhothai) and natural beauty, recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Ayutthaya was one of the most important cities in Thailand before being sacked by the Burmese in 1767; now, its ruins definitely are worth a visit.
You can visit Ayutthaya in two ways -- on your own (this city is easily reachable by bus or train from Bangkok) or with a tour (every tour agency in Bangkok organizes day tours to Ayutthaya). If you visit Ayutthaya on your own, the best way to visit the ruins is by bike or motorbike (you can rent these in the hostels or from local people in the street). During your visit you should visit Wat Phra Mahathat, Mat Ratburana, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit (which is the most recognized image of Ayutthaya), Wat Na Phra Mane, and Wat Chai Watthanaram.
After this "day tour," you should have a Thai massage and eat a nice meal -- the place to go is located near the Chao Prom Market, an area known as the "little Khao San Road" of Ayutthaya (Khao San Road is the most famous backpackers' street in Bangkok).
If you have time, you should also visit the northern area of Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and the surrounds), which is easily reachable by bus or train from this city. The north of Thailand is very beautiful and different from the south with its remarkable landscapes.
There are not so many hostels in Ayutthaya, so it's better to book in advance to have better rates and assure vacancies. In Ayutthaya hostels, expect cheap and simple rooms, with the basic facilities.
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