When you come to the end of a trip around Southeast Asia, you will likely be thoroughly “templed-out”. Even though I was beyond done with seeing temples and ruins of temples, on my last day in Southeast Asia, I decided to take a day trip from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. It proved to be one of the most interesting sites I visited.
In contrast to the gold and whitewashed temples and palaces I saw in Bangkok, the temples and former palaces of Ayutthaya were stripped down and crumbling. Founded in 1350, it was once a large and grand city until it was destroyed by the Burmese army in 1767. Now all that remains are some of the partial statues and stones and bricks of its shell: