Travel to the Ancient Capitals of Thailand – Episode 210

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Matt Kepkes of about his trip to the ancient capitals of Thailand: Ayutthaya, Lopburi, and Sukhothai.

Before the capital moved to Bangkok it was in each of these three cities as invaders came in from what is now Cambodia and Burma and then were subsequently repelled. Instead of taking the night train to Chang Mai as many tourists do, Matt and his traveling companions explored these cities on the way.

In their travels, they found ancient temples (some in ruins and some well preserved), wonderful night markets, troops of monkeys, friendly people, and a slice of rural Thailand.

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Show Notes
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Sukhothai kingdom
Ayutthaya kingdom
History of Thailand
som tam (shredded papaya salad)

Internet Resources



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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

3 Responses to “Travel to the Ancient Capitals of Thailand – Episode 210”

Randy Martin


I vote to keep the news segment. I don’t have room for another travel podcast in my schedule and I find that your news and internet resources segments are often useful.



I can’t afford to listen to another 1 hr podcast weekly

Please keep your travel news!



The host’s voice is very clear and understandable, but my wife and I couldn’t understand anything your ep. 210 guest was saying. The recording of his remote voice combined with his strong accent make it, unfortunately, unlistenable. We are currently in our way to Ayutthaya and had hoped to listen to your podcast during the drive.

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