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  • Location:Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

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.

Highlights

  • 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

chakram

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

I had a fantastic day. Our guide Donna was lovely - witty, funny and very informative. I enjoyed that we had time with the guide and also the opportunity for free time to look around the sites. The combination of a bus there and boat trip back was good.

ryan f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The tour was well organized and our guide ending up being our private guide on a separate trip the next day. Very professional.

sharon b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Even though I was not well I went on this tour otherwise I would have lost my money. I liked veing able to have a look at and hear the history of these places. After the bus we went on the boat and had a cruise down the river with a great lunch provided. This tour finished at four pm which was a good time. It takes time to get to and from the tour because of Bangkoks traffic.

Richard T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The ruins of Wat Majahthat was awesome, seeing the Buddha head in the tree was the highlight of my trip. Definitely worth seeing

Isabel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was wonderful our guide Donna was lovely and even offer to take one picture for us at every stop. The river cruise was a great way to end the day.

Michelle C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Loved this tour. Our guide was funny and informative. I learned some good general knowledge bits. The cruise was fab as the weather was beautiful and we could sit outside and relax. It wasn't the most scenic of cruises as a lot of the buildings are industrial or run down. The food on board was great.

Vimla G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wow, a truly amazing tour! Great value for money with a very knowledgeable, funny guide.

John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A great tour. Donna was entertaining, understandable and very knowledgeable. A good value tour.

BoracayBeachClub

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Enjoyed the full day trip. Highly recommended. Thank you, Viator for a very professionally ran tour agency!!!

Laird B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

It was a wonderful tour and river cruise. I would recommend it.

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