Ayutthaya . Thailand

I took a day trip to Ayutthaya, the capital of the Siam Empire (now Thailand) from the 1300s-1700s. It’s now a medium-size town with many historic sites, about two hours north of Bangkok by train. I rented a motorcycle for the day, since there’s far less traffic than in Bangkok. While riding up a back road to one of the temples I stopped for food and met a nice family for a fantastic lunch. The gentleman told me about his time in the Thai Navy during the Vietnam war. He met many of our U.S. servicemen who worked closely with the Thai allies.

james van dellen, denver, thailand