I love history so 2 day trip to Ayutthaya today was a highlight for me. A Unesco World Heritage Site, it is about a 90 minute ride in a private taxi from a hotel, total price 1800 Thai Baht return between 3 people, so not bad. Assuming you do not get stuck in traffic. However, the best way to see Auytthaya is via the river cruise tour, 2 days & 1 night aboard the Mekhala boat which takes you up the Chao Phraya River from downtown Bangkok to the famed ancient city. Dinner and breakfast included as is a tour with guide on bikes around Auytthaya once you arrive. You will also visit interesting markets to do some shopping. Founded around 1350, Ayutthaya was the second capital of Siam. Sukhothai was the first. I had no idea that by 1700 Ayutthaya had become the largest city in the world with a total of 1 million inhabitants. Really? (Jinglo?) as the Thai’s would say. Thailand has so many rivers, seems like every week I’m hearing about yet another river, well 3 rivers converge here at Ayutthaya. I do know Burmese invaded Ayutthaya in 1767 and that ended the Ayutthaya period. What remains are many interesting ruins, mostly temples and former palaces built from stone. From your hotel in Bangkok, you can find tours or taxi’s to Ayutthaya or the least costly option is to go to the Bangkok bus terminal and take the bus for about 200 Baht.