Ayutthaya used to be the capital of a vast Siamese kingdom, that covered most of modern day Thailand. The kingdom lasted from 1351 until 1767, when the capital was ransacked and destroyed by the Burmese army. While the Burmese invasion itself was shortlived, Ayutthaya was not rebuilt and a new capital began to develop at present day Bangkok.
Today the historic center of Ayutthaya is surrounded by a peaceful town that draws its energy from the monuments and shrines of the past. Strolling the streets, I was fortunate to witness prayers being held by locals during sunset at one of the smaller temples inside the old city ruins.