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Ayutthaya City Tour and Chao Phraya River Cruise From Bangkok79 Reviews

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  • Where: Bangkok, Thailand
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  • Duration: Approx 10-11 hours
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Why book this tour
  • Travel back to the glory days of the Kingdom of Siam at this UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Delicious buffet lunch included, plus drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Enjoy a delightful 2-hour river cruise on the Chao Phraya River
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • The ancient city of Ayutthaya is a ′must′ see on your Thailand vacation
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Once the capital of Siam and one of the wealthiest cities in Asia, Ayutthaya is now a splendid ruin. Visit for the day and let the ancient stones tell you tales of a glorious past.

Enjoy the evocative atmosphere of this historic place. See the remains of the temples and royal residences and admire the handsome restored palace of Bang-pa-in.

Stop at the temple of Wat Yai Chai Mongkon with its towering stupa. Absorb the tranquility of its massive sleeping Buddha and sit awhile in the plumeria-scented courtyard filled with countless statues of meditating Buddhas.

You will also see one of the most photographed features of Ayutthaya – the famous Buddha’s head cradled in the roots of a fig tree at Wat Mahathat.

Take the scenic route back to Bangkok – by river. Relax on a comfortable boat and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch while the lovely Thai countryside slips past

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When does it run?



Approx 10-11 hours

Start time

Tour departs at 0630h (6:30am). Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time

Meeting point

The lobby of your hotel in Bangkok. (The list of hotels from which pick-up is available is given under Additional Information)
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

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Ending point

At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel

  • Tour information
  • Activity schedule
  • Itinerary

At the start of your Ayutthaya Ancient City Tour and River Cruise, you will be picked up from your Bangkok hotel early in the morning. For this delightful excursion you will travel in an air-conditioned mini-bus.

On the day of your tour, plan to meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time. Please present your confirmation voucher to the guide before starting the tour.

The ancient city of Ayutthaya lies 76km (46 miles) north of Bangkok. For 417 years, it was the capital of Thailand (then known as Siam). In the 16th century, awestruck foreign traders described it as one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the East.

By 1700 BCE Ayutthaya was the largest city in the world with a total of 1 million inhabitants. It is said that the city was home to 1,700 temples and over 4,000 golden images of Buddha. Sadly, all this came to an end in 1767, when it was sacked by the Burmese.

The cultural and historical importance of Ayutthaya has been recognized by UNESCO, who have given it World Heritage Site status.

Your tour begins at Bang-pa-in (the Summer Palace). Built in the 17th century and restored in the 19th, the palace architecture strikes a balance of both Southeast Asian and European design. Stroll around the majestic buildings and vast gardens, set about a grand ornamental pond.

Your guide will then lead you through the evocative ruins of the once-magnificent city. Most of the remains you will see are former temples and palaces because these were the only buildings made of stone at that time.

You will see Wat Yai Chai Mongkon – a meditation temple built by Ayutthaya’s first ruler in 1357. It is famed for the huge statue of the Reclining Buddha inside the temple compound and for the large Chedi (pagoda or stupa) that dominates the skyline. The Chedi was built in 1592 to celebrate King Naresuan’s single-handed defeat of the then Burmese Crown Prince after an elephant back duel. Buddha statues of all sizes are dotted around the temple compound.

You will visit Wat Mahathat, in the center of Ayutthaya, to see one of the most famous and most photographed attractions in the ruined city – the Buddha’s head nestled in between the roots of a fig tree.

Just after noon, you will board the luxurious River King at Wat Pai Lom Pier for a 2-hour cruise on Chao Phrya River (the River of Kings). Floating back to Bangkok, sit down to a sumptuous Thai and Western cuisine buffet lunch, and relax as you drift past the beautiful scenery of Thailand.

On arrival in Bangkok, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

Customer reviews

My group of 4 had an informative visit to Ayutthaya. We enjoyed the buffet lunch on the river cruise. We were glad that the tour did not include visits to commercial outlets such as gem store as this would have take up our time. We have recommended others to join this package.

Miranda Mertz

We really enjoyed our tour to Ayutthaya/Bang Pa-In/river cruise back to Bangkok. The tour was a bit slow to get started, but once we got going, everything was very professional, friendly, and enjoyable. The amount of time at each stop felt reasonable, and the stops themselves were all definitely highlights (from the grounds of Bang Pa-In, to the Buddha heaed under the Banyan tree/grounds of Ayutthaya, etc.) After a long (and, of course, quite warm) day of sightseeing, the river cruise back to Bangkok was perfect - good food, a nice, air conditioned cabin, and lovely views on the leisurely float home. Overall, we'd definitely recommend this tour.

ms vanessa m doyle

We had an amazing time on this trip and would highly recommend. The food on the boat trip was much better than expected and plentiful. Our tour guide was fun and informative - we also saw the summer palace (king and I) which we did not expect

Jose Tacoronte

The ride down the river to Bangkok was truly superb and the dinner served was out of this world. The attention shown by the staff and the beauty of the area around the river will live forever in our memories. Thank you for a splendid cruise.

constance rainone

Trip was very well organized. Good guide and driver. Meal and boat were beyond my expectations. Would highly recommend. Connie Rainone

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  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned mini-van
  • 2 hour river cruise
  • English-speaking guide
  • Thai and Western-style buffet lunch, plus drinking water, tea and coffee
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What happens after I book

  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance

Please note

  • Please call the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details. Please note you do not require the ‘011’ code when you are dialing within Thailand.
  • On the day of your tour, plan to meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time. Please present your confirmation voucher to the guide before starting the tour.
  • A minimum of two passengers is required for this tour to run. In the unlikely event that the minimum is not reached, the activity operator will contact you either to change the date or to swap you onto a different tour. If neither of these options is satisfactory for you then a refund will be arranged

Additional Info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

Do's & Don’ts

Please wear appropriate clothes when visiting temples. No shorts, short skirts or sleeveless tops

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