Once the capital of Siam and one of the wealthiest cities in Asia - Ayutthaya is now a splendid ruin. On this day trip, let the ancient stones tell you tales of a glorious past while you enjoy the evocative atmosphere of this historic place. See the remains of the temples and royal residences and admire the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, the handsome restored palace with contrasting architectural styles.
Marvel at the temple of Wat Yai Chai Mongkon with its towering stupa and absorb the tranquility of its massive sleeping Buddha, 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. So grab your camera on this memorable trip! Take the scenic route back to Bangkok on a relaxing Chao Phrya River cruise and enjoy a delicious Thai buffet lunch while you see the top attractions.
Approx 11 hoursStart time
Tour departs at 6:30am. Please reach your hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time
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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 minibus. For 417 years, Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand (formerly known as Siam). In the 16th century, awestruck foreign traders described it as one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the East. It is said that the city was home to 1,700 temples and over 4,000 golden images of Buddha.
This cultural and historical rich city of Ayutthaya has been recognized by UNESCO and awarded with UNESCO World Heritage Site!
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.This is a 'must' see attraction on the to-do list of the travellers around the world. Don't forget to carry your camera!
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.
You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
Please call the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Please wear appropriate clothing when visiting places of worship, covering of knees and shoulders are recommended.
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.
Well organised and informative guide. It was a change to visit preserved ruins and see the Thai countryside, as opposed to touring temples and Buddhas in the city. Plentiful food...Stephen Sullivan, United Kingdom, 16/Apr/2018
...Hope Hiranaka, United States, 02/Apr/2018
THIS TOUR WAS PRESENTED BY AN EXPERT, ONE WHO KNEW THE COUNTRY AND CONVEYED A SENSE OF PRIDE WHEN SPEAKING ABOUT THE CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE. I WALKED AWAY WITH A GREAT...Howard Linden, United States, 30/Jan/2018
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Overall a really pleasant day out with a good guide, a good tour of the sites, varied and interesting things to see and a good lunch. The boat trip was a very pleasant way to travel back to Bangkok.
It was a nice way to see many different thing in a short time. Food was good as it was the river cruise. The only 'hiccup' we had was when sitting for lunch: our group had 4 people on it, and there were 2 empty tables of 4. Although we tried to seat there, the waitress, very sharply, forbid us to do so. Instead, she made us sit in a table of 6, sharing with another couple, and then placed 1 couple in each of the 4 people table. It seemed illogical and a waste of space. And she acted very harshly, which meant we didn't enjoy the meal or the cruise that much, as we were annoyed by this incident. Still, the tour was nice.