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Combine a visit from Bangkok to Ayutthaya — the UNESCO-listed ancient capital of Siam — with a riverboat trip on the Chao Phraya River. An informative guide highlights Thailand’s fascinating history as you explore Ayutthaya temples, stone ruins and Buddha statues in the old capital of Thailand, which was ransacked by invading Burmese in the 18th century. This full-day tour includes lunch and returns you to Bangkok by boat.


  • Day trip from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, former capital of Siam
  • Spectacular ruins and intact temples
  • Wat Chai Mongkol's Reclining Buddha statue
  • Riverboat cruise along the Chao Phraya River from Ayutthaya
  • See Wat Mahathat and Buddha's head entwined in tree roots
  • English-speaking licensed guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Pickup and drop-off from central Bangkok hotels

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What You Can Expect

Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

After hotel pickup, your vehicle makes the journey north from Bangkok to Ayutthaya Historical Park, located 53 miles (85 km) away. The old capital of Thailand (aka the Kingdom of Siam) from 1350 until 1767, Ayutthaya was largely destroyed by the Burmese and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site full of intact temples, monasteries, palace ruins and beheaded Buddhist statues.

On arrival, set out on foot with your knowledgeable guide who leads you to notable Ayutthaya temples such as Wat Phra Si Sanphet — part of the Ancient Royal Palace ruins  as well as Wat Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and Wat Phanan Choeng, known for its gilded seated Buddha statue.

Marvel at the Buddha's head resting in the tree roots overtaking Wat Mahathat and visit the well-preserved summer palace of King Rama IV with its mixture of Thai, Chinese and Gothic architecture. 

After stopping for a provided lunch, complete your full-day excursion with a riverboat cruise on the Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok. You’re treated to views of temples lining the riverbank, such as Wat Arun, before your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Ces G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I did not expect the cruise to be that great! We were pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the cruise. The temples were also great. It was worth every cent and more!

Sarah V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Victor gave such an interesting tour. He was very knowledgeable about the temples and the That culture. He told us about his upbringing and gave us great insight into what it means to be Thai. His English was amazing and he answered all of our questions. Booking the Viator tour and meeting up with the Viator group was very simple and easy. Overall, this was a great tour.

Yu Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016


Heidi L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016


Sarah P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Follow Donna! The tour was great fun and good value. Beautiful boat!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Well worth the trip. Fascinating to see the Ayutthaya temples and imagine them in their heyday trip to Bang-Pa Royal Summer Palace was also included which I enjoyed seeing although makes for a full-on morning itinerary. This is balanced by the leisurely afternoon river cruise back to Bangkok, with many different aspects of Thai life and architecture on view combined with a welcome buffet lunch.

Sanjeev G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Andy was the best tour guide ever! Extremely funny and knowledgable he made the tour so much fun. This was one of my favorite tours in Bangkok. The river cruise was such a delight and the buffet on the boat!!! So delicious! Thanks Viator!

Doni J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Though a big group, our tour guide Donna ensured attention for all guests. She provided lots of information in a lively manner. Try and get on the bus she is responsible for. About the tour, this is a must do to go back into history with several centuries-old Buddha statues and old ruins.

Teresa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour! I particularly enjoyed the River Cruise. I expected to see a bit more of the older temples, but overall it was very good.

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