Ayutthaya Kingdom is the Second Kingdom of Siam (1350 - 1767). Starting as a vassal outpost for the Khmer Empire, a regional state based out of Angkor in modern day Cambodia. However their ambition drove the outpost to conquer neighboring Sukhothai (First Kingdom of Siam) in the north and drive its parent kingdom out of Siam where it met its demise a century later. At its height it was considered a empire for its conquest of Burma, Cambodia and the Malayan Peninsula. And a mighty capitol city even garnering comparison to Paris. Unfortunately the Burmese didn’t appreciate the conquest and decided to siege the capitol. Once in 1569 in which they made Ayutthaya into a vassal state for 4 years and finally burned everything down, ending the kingdom in 1767. Some of the remnants fled south where it established the Rattankosin Kingdom (Fourth Kingdom of Siam) at Bangkok, a monarchy that still stands as kings of the modern day state of Thailand.
Bangkok is a stark difference to the ruins of Ayutthaya with its glistening skyscrapers, the unending crowds and traffic, the stupidly big malls (2 of 10 biggest worldwide) and the lovely hustlers (No I don’t want to rent one of your girls for some boom boom time in the karaoke booth!!! All I asked was which direction is the udon bar). However it does share the prestige of a global city of Asia, visited by many. And it’s still ruled by a king albeit the current King Rama X is a disgraced monarch spending most of his days in the Alps with his “voluntary” harem (guess where he is during the pandemic?) and a net worth of 30 billion USD from the real estate assets of “public land” in Thailand while his people make a paltry $3200USD/yr. Of course I would be arrested under the draconian lèse majesté laws if I was within its borders for such insults on a living god. Cool country, beautiful history, delicious food all ruled over by a roach with a crown.
#whydoweneedaking #ayutthaya #bangkok #iconsiam #ruins