Ayutthaya, a former capitol of Thailand is a short journey north from Bangkok and one well worth taking. Before being sacked by the Burmese army in 1767, the city was one of the main trading hubs in Asia. Merchants from China, Japan, India, the Arab world and Europe all lived and did business in the historic city. Before it was destroyed, the city was one of the largest in the world.
Not much is left of the once-grand city, but the remains of the temples and palaces that make Ayutthaya a UNESCO World Heritage Site give visitors an idea of the grandeur that once was. The train ride from Bangkok and a boat tour through the three rivers that converge around the city are highly recommended.