(SEAArch) New Ayutthaya tourism campaign to bank on ancient ties
Ayutthaya will use its historical relationships with many countries during the time it was the capital of Siam as a theme to promote tourism in 2012. Governor Withaya Pewpong said the province would promote activities and key events highlighting the “history of relationships” between Ayutthaya and China, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, Japan, Portugal, the Netherlands and Persia (modern-day Iran). The Ayutthaya era was prosperous in Thai history, marked by good relationships with many countries in terms of diplomacy, religion and trading. For example, the Portuguese village, located in tambon Samphao Lom, shows the long relationship of Ayutthaya and Portugal.