49 Bangkok without having a traditional Thai massage. We decided to go to Dahra Beauty and Spa in Silom. The Thai massage was excellent! The service and facilities were impeccable so I highly recommend it. ROOFTOP BARS If you’re looking for more things to do in Bangkok, the city is known for its rooftop bars. We had the pleasure of going to two while there. River Vibe Restaurant and Bar is located near Chinatown with great views of the river. Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Sukhumvit is an upscale rooftop bar with amazing views of the city. THE SUMMER PALACE (BANG PA-IN ROYAL PALACE) After spending two busy hot days in Bangkok it was so refreshing to head out of the city to this gorgeous property in Ayutthaya province. It is located 60km north of Bangkok beside the Chao Phraya River. Although it is no longer used regularly by the Royal family, banquets are held there on special occasions. AYUTTHAYA Ayutthaya is located 80km north of Bangkok. It is absolutely gorgeous and the relics and Buddha sculptures are mind blowing. It was the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam from back in 1350. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1767 it was invaded by the Burmese and they burned the city to the ground. Exploring this area reminded me of the ruins in Pompeii, Italy. The ruins consist of roads, canals and temples and it is known to have had an advanced water management system. WAT MAHATHAT TEMPLE OF THE GREAT RELIC IN AYUTTHAYA Have you seen the picture of a Buddha head in a tree? This is where it is located. I couldn’t believe I was finally seeing this temple area in person! No one knows how this relic came to be but the face and eyes of the Buddha head are so distinct to this day! Based on how unique the ruins are in Ayutthaya, it is one of the must-visit places in Bangkok. RIVER OF KINGS (CHAO PHRAYA RIVER) We had the great fortune to stay at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel located on the River of Kings. The views of the skyscrapers and bustling activity of boats and people were delightful. We also took a lunchtime cruise from Ayutthaya on the river back to Bangkok. I highly recommend this. You can see many iconic structures such as The Grand Palace from the river along with views of traditional Thai homes and neighborhoods. Dr. Nadeen White is an award-winning travel blogger and proud creator and editor of the luxury travel and lifestyle blog, TheSophisticatedLife.com. When she is not globetrotting she is practicing pediatric medicine in Atlanta.