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Thailand: An ancient history

For many, a trek around an ancient ruin is often a hallowing experience. On some level, it feels like you're intruding on private property - you catch a chill feeling the presence of long past generations amongst you. Being so close to history is a real thrill. For those curious families, a trip to Thailand would be utterly incomplete without one of these ancient explorations. Make sure you know a little bit about the history of some of Thailand's most historical ruins before you go exploring with the family.

Ayutthaya

As any lover of ancient ruins knows, the older the building the more fun it is. Keeping that in mind, you'll be happy to hear that Ayutthaya in Thailand is a cluster of temples, monasteries, fortresses and memorials that date back to about 1350. This city was the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom and grew to be a hub of global diplomacy and commerce. The ruins are what's left after an attack by the Burmese army in the 18th century, as the city was not able to recover or rebuild. Ayutthaya is also famous for its meticulous record keeping, which give historians and visitors alike a peek into a world that once was.

Phanom Rung Historical Park

The Phanom Rung Historical Park is one of Thailand's most visited destinations. It is over a thousand years old and was built on the summit of an extinct volcano. As your family peruses this park, you'll see temples, towers and statues of the religious figures, Buddha and Vishnu. The main temple was originally built as monument to Hindu gods, but it was later taken over by Buddhists. Much of the park and buildings were restored in the later half of the 20th century for tourists. The grounds also feature a tranquil green pond for strolling around.

Chiang Saen

Chiang Saen kingdom is believed to date all the way back to the 7th century. Here, ruins are sprinkled around the quiet modern city, making it more of an adventure for the whole family to find the next stop. You'll likely run into several statues erected in honour of the great Buddha, as well as fortresses, moats and other remnants of pillared monuments. Parts of Chiang Saen are located on the other side of the Mekong River, however, only locals are allowed access to this part.

Now you're ready to fully appreciate the wonders left behind by thousands of years ago. Have fun exploring!