The Historic City of Ayutthaya
About 80 km north of the city of Bangkok, you’ll find the Historic City of Ayutthaya, one of the most important historical sites in Thailand. The City of Ayutthaya (pronounced uh-yoo-tie-yah), much now in ruins, was the second capital city – after Sukhothai – in what was once the Kingdom of Siam. It was founded in 1350 and remained a important trading city until the mid 1700’s.
Massive chedis remain mostly intact.
Wat Mongkhon Bophit temple
Tips for photographing the Historic City of Ayutthaya:
- If you can get there in the morning, you’ll enjoy your time better, as the day can get quite hot and there is very little shelter available.
- I’d recommend that you bring a wide lens for your camera if you have one. The structures can be quite large, and it will be challenging to capture them completely with a normal or telephoto lens.
- Most of the structures are the same tones, so inject some colour into the scene when you can. Often, monks in colourful robes will be around, so that can help a lot.
- There are elephants in the area, and although I don’t recommend that you ride them, I encourage you to include them in your photographs.
- Take your time, and let the crowds walk past your frame. Set up a tripod and wait for the right moment when the scene is clear. Patience and a tripod help a lot.
- A polarizer filter will contribute a lot to your images too. Especially if you’re lucky enough to get some clouds in the sky.
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