Exploring the Ancient Cities of Thailand

18 April 2023
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Have you ever dreamed of going back in time, to visit a place where history and modernity co-exist? With its rich cultural heritage and incredible ancient cities, Thailand is the perfect destination for those looking to explore the distant past. Thailand is full of beautiful ancient cities that have been around for centuries. From the old kingdom of Thailand to the best ancient ruins, South Africans can make the most of their trip to Thailand and be transported back in time.  

Let’s take a look at some of the oldest cities, kingdoms and ruins in this fascinating country. 

What is the Oldest City in Thailand? 

The oldest city in Thailand is Sukhothai. Located in Central Thailand, Sukhothai was founded by King Ramkhamhaeng the Great in 1238. It served as the capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom until 1350 and is now considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. You can still see many of the old city walls and moats that were built during this period, as well as temples and monuments that tell stories about its past.  

Exploring the Ancient Cities of Thailand

What to experience in Sukhothai? 

Start your journey by visiting the Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that boasts well-preserved ruins of the Sukhothai kingdom. For a more immersive experience, rent a bike and cycle along the park’s paths, taking in the peaceful surroundings and admiring the intricate architecture of the ancient temples. Don’t forget to sample some of the local cuisine and try the famous Sukhothai noodles, a delicious dish that’s popular among locals and visitors alike. 

Exploring the Ancient Cities of Thailand

The Old Kingdom of Thailand  

Founded by King U Thong in 1350, Ayutthaya – the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom, was once one of Asia’s most powerful kingdoms. For over four centuries it served as a regional trade centre before being sacked by Burmese forces in 1767. Today, Ayutthaya is home to some of the best preserved ruins from this era, including Wat Phra Si Sanphet Temple and Wat Chaiwatthanaram Temple. It is currently located in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. 

What to do in Ayutthaya? 

Visitors can take a leisurely stroll or bike ride around the city and marvel at the impressive ancient structures. Among the top sites to be explored include the towering Wat Chaiwatthanaram, the imposing ancient palace of the Grand Palace, and the sprawling Ayutthaya Historical Park. In addition, visitors can sample the local cuisine, shop for handicrafts, and take part in cultural activities such as attending classical dance performances. Ayutthaya is a treasure trove of ancient relics and offers an immersive glimpse into Thailand’s past. 

Exploring the Ancient Cities of Thailand

Where are the Best Ancient Ruins in Thailand?       

If you want to experience some truly breathtaking ruins while exploring ancient cities in Thailand, make sure to visit Ban Chiang archaeological site. Located near Udon Thani City in Northeastern Thailand, Ban Chiang is one of Southeast Asia’s most important prehistoric settlements dating back 4 500 years ago! The site features ancient burial grounds, pottery remains and even traces of human habitation – giving visitors an insight into how people lived long before modern civilisation began.   

Exploring the Ancient Cities of Thailand

Thailand is full of amazing ancient cities waiting to be explored! From Sukhothai and Ayutthaya to Ban Chiang archaeological site – there are countless places where you can travel back into time and discover the secrets of this country’s rich culture and history. Make sure to take advantage of your trip to Thailand; it will be an unforgettable experience! 

Browse our exciting range of Thailand holiday packages and start planning your walk through history today. 

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