80 kilometres north of Bangkok lay the ruins of Ayutthaya, or Ayuthaya, or even Ayodhaya. No matter how you spell it, it’s pronounced ah-you-tah-ya. The city became Thailand’s capitol in the mid-14th century and remained the capitol of powerful kings until the late 1700’s. About the time that Americans were tossing tea into the Boston harbour, the Burmese ruthlessly attacked and sacked Ayutthaya.
Ayutthaya was a centre of administrative supremacy for the lower Chao Phraya Basin from 1350 onwards. Originally there were 2 Kingdoms, Lavo and Ayutthaya. King U-Thong who later became King Ramathibodi I, commanded the construction of a new city in 1347, founded it in April 1350, and then named it Krung Thep Dvaravati Si Ayutthaya after Ayodhaya, the home of Rama in the Ramayana epic, which means ‘unassailable’ in Sanskrit. Little did he know the irony that this name would come to hold.