The home to the earliest Bronze Age civilization Thailand is a nation with a rich and colorful history. Visitors looking to take in some of this extraordinary past can visit the ruins of Ayutthaya, which was the old capital from around 1350 until it was sacked and destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. While only a shadow of the glory that once was, the old city still shows off its former magnificence and visitors can feel like the King of Siam as they wander through the former Royal Palace and nearby ancient temples. Located about 50 miles north of modern day Bangkok the visit to Ayutthaya Historical Park is certainly worth the visit.

After taking in the old, tourists can contrast this ancient city with Bangkok’s historic center at Rattanakosin Island, which features the Grand Place and various royal temples that imitate the designs of the old city, and can see how Bangkok was designed to be aligned in the similar fashion as the former capital.

Modern day Thailand is also home to more recent memorials and monuments, and the Democracy Monument, which is located in the traffic roundabout on Ratchadamneon in Bangkok, is there to symbolize the change in the Thai political system from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy in the 1930s.

This is near the Victory Monument, which is also in a traffic roundabout, which was built to honor the casualties of the war with French Indochina in 1939.