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Where: Bangkok
Duration: Approx 8-9 hours
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Why book this tour
  • The ancient city of Ayutthaya is a ′must see′ on your Thailand vacation
  • Travel back to the glory days of the Kingdom of Siam at this UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Delicious Thai lunch included
  • Knowledgeable local English-speaking guide
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off
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  • Itinerary

Visit ancient Ayutthaya, one of Thailand’s travel highlights on this away-day from Bangkok

For more than 400 years, Ayutthaya, strategically built at the confluence of three rivers, was the capital of the old Kingdom of Siam. At its zenith in the early 18th century, it was Asia’s largest and richest city and an object of wonder for foreign visitors.

Discover the history of this once-mighty capital as revealed by the centuries-old temples, palaces, monasteries, canals, and monuments.

See the handsome restored palace of Bang-pa-in and the temple of Wat Yai Chai Mongkon with its towering stupa. Absorb the tranquility of the massive sleeping Buddha and sit awhile in courtyard filled with countless statues of meditating Buddhas.

Don’t miss this chance to visit one of the world’s greatest historic places!

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When does it run?



Approx 8-9 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
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  • Itinerary

Your Ayutthaya Tour From Bangkok departs at 0630h (6:30am). Hotel pick-up is available from most central Bangkok hotels.

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.

Your air-conditioned mini-bus will whisk you off to visit the ancient city of Ayutthaya, which lies 76km (46 miles) north of Bangkok. For 417 years, it was the capital of southern 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. At its peak, it boasted three palaces and hundreds of temples situated on an island threaded with narrow waterways. Sadly, this golden age came to an abrupt end in 1767 when, after a 15-month siege, the town 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 is a fusion 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, including rows of headless Buddhas – a legacy of the Burmese invasion.

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.

Another highlight is Wat Phra Sri San Phet. Built in the 14th century, this was the largest temple in Ayutthaya and was used as a temple-cum-palace by several Siamese kings.

You will also 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.

A Thai-style set lunch is included in your tour. At the end of the excursion, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Bangkok.

Customer reviews
Costesec Camille

The guide was over the top ! The temples were amazing ! Very well organised ! I recommend !


Excellent tour to Ayatthaya with Bang Pa-In Palace (nice visit not included in others tours, don't miss it). Note : Duration about 7 h. Pick off at 14/15.00 according traffic.

Steven Carr

Pa was an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable on the Ayutthaya area. However it still felt like a whirlwind visit, would like to have had more time to visit other areas in Ayutthaya. The tour started off slowly, I was picked up from the hotel but then all minibuses had to converge on Khaosan Road (why oh why here? it's in the middle of the old town and the Bangkok traffic/gridlock means you are stuck in the city for at least an extra hour before you even leave for your tour, an extra hour that could be spent on the actual tour). The minibus driving leaves a lot to be desired, 135kph was noticed at one point and continuous use/handling of mobile phones while driving.

Debra Bradley

Very informative tour. Guide was good

C D Fetherston

Pretty fun day, got to see some interesting sites and had good company in the other people on the tour. Some parts we're a bit boring. Highlight was sitting with a baby elephant at one place we stopped, it was 40 baht for a pic with the elephant, definitely worth it. Instead of dropping us back at hotels to tour ends at the gem store (which I've found out lots of tours end at to try get you to buy gems) however our tour guide agreed to drop a few of us at the sky train first which was good. Would be even better if it just went back to the hotel though.

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  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned mini-van
  • English-speaking guide
  • Thai-style set lunch
  • All admission fees
  • Food and drinks not mentioned in Inclusions
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

You must be properly dressed to enter temples. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves (no tank tops). Women must also be modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc

No cancellation fees on most bookings

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