The Summer Palace(Ban Pa-In)set in a large park around ponds and waterways. The only royal residence open to the public is the Chiness-style Wehat Chamroon Palace, constructed entirely of materials imported from China. In addition, there is an Italian-style palace, a circular pavilion with steps leading down to a pool, the graceful Thai-style Aisawan Tippaya Asna Pavilion in the middle of a lake, and, across one of the waterways, a Buddhist chapel in
the neo-Gothic style with stained-glass windows.
The ancient city of Ayutthaya, or Pra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya, was the capital of Siam for 417 years, and remains one of Thailand's major tourist attractions.Founded by " King U-Thong or Ramathibodi I " in 1350, the city possesses many ancient ruins and art which were left behind when the Thais were forced southwards after being sacked by the Burmese in 1767.
Today, there are but groups of crumbling ruins and rows of headless Buddhas where once an empire thrived. The temple compounds are still awe-inspiring even in disrepair and a visit here is memorable and a good beginning for those drawn to the relics of history.