Ayutthaya Tours

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The ruined island city-state of Ayutthaya—the once great capital of the Kingdom of Siam toppled by the Burmese in the 18th century—is now a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lying at the confluence of three rivers north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya Historical Park protects magnificent crumbling stone temple spires, sun-worn Buddha statues, and other remnants of the three palaces, 400 temples, houses, and markets that thrived in Ayutthaya’s heyday.
 
The Basics
Ayutthaya’s ruined temples and statues—interspersed around and within the present-day town—are easily visited on foot or by bike, though biking is by far the most popular option. Many half- and full-day walking, biking, and bus tours visit Ayutthaya, and you can even book a full-day bike tour departing from Bangkok. Most tours visit the following top sights: Wat Phutthaisawan, St Joseph’s Church, and the Ayutthaya Historical Park’s Wat Phra Sri Sanphet (the model for the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok), Viharn Phra Mongkol Bophit (home of Thailand’s largest bronze Buddha), Wat Mahathat (featuring the famous Buddha head wrapped in tree roots), and Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Sites farther afield, such as the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace are sometimes also included on tours.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is an entrance fee to enter the Ayutthaya Historical Park.
  • Most visitors spend at least a half-day exploring the vast, 715-acre (289-hectare) city site.
  • If biking, note that traffic lights are missing from some intersections—be sure to look both ways, and always assume cars and trucks have the right of way.
  • The ruined temples are still considered sacred. To be respectful, wear long pants or skirts, show no bare shoulders, and always remove shoes before entering a temple building.
 
How to Get There
Ayutthaya is 47 miles (76 kilometers) north of Bangkok, about an hour’s drive from downtown. Ayutthaya Historical Park, home to four of the most popular temples as well as the Royal Palace at Wiharn Phra Mongkol Bophit, is located in the center of the present-day city. Other archaeological sites are sprinkled around the island of Ayutthaya.

When to Get There
November to February, when Ayutthaya is cool and dry, is the best time to visit—though it’s also Thailand’s busiest. If you can, come during Loi Krathong, a November Thai holiday that involves ornate hanging lanterns, markets, music, and cultural performances spread over three days. No matter the time of year, visit in early morning to beat the crowds and maximize your time.

Ancient Artifacts in Ayutthaya
The Chao Sam Phraya National Museum houses almost all of the remaining artifacts uncovered during archaeological excavations of the former kingdom. This is a great place to learn about the history and culture of the area and the people who lived here centuries ago.
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Address: Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya, Thailand
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Private Tour: Ayutthaya Day Trip from Bangkok

Visit enthralling temple ruins in the Historic City of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on this private day trip from Bangkok. Travel with your own personal guide to the ancient Thai capital. This full-day itinerary packs in culture and cuisine, including lunch on a docked rice barge and traditional food tastings of local specialties. Round-trip hotel transport by air-conditioned minivan is included.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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US$127.37
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Full-Day Tour to Ayutthaya from Bangkok, Including Lunch Cruise Return Trip

Discover the royal capital of ancient Siam on a full-day trip to Ayutthaya, and return to Bangkok aboard a luxurious Chao Phraya riverboat. Wander the manicured grounds of the King’s Summer Palace, explore the weathered stone temples of the ruined city and encounter silk-draped Buddhas, elegant chedis and towering Banyan trees. Learn the dramatic history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, then step onto an air-conditioned riverboat to enjoy a traditional buffet and travel the tranquil ‘River of Kings’ back into the bustling heart of Bangkok.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Ayutthaya Bike Ride

Discover the treasures of Ayutthaya on a full-day bike tour that takes in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and its surroundings. Travel round-trip from Bangkok to take a leisurely bike ride around the highlights of Ayutthaya, including the Chao Phraya river and the surrounding countryside. Includes guide, lunch, use of bike gear, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Full-Day Historic Ayutthaya Bike Tour

Bicycle around the UNESCO-listed Historic City of Ayutthaya with an expert guide. This full-day bike tour follows flat terrain on an easy ride with stops at impressive temples in the ancient capital of Siam. Pedal past local villages lining the riverbank and enjoy Thai dishes during a scenic riverside lunch. You’ll travel round-trip by minivan from Bangkok to Bang Pa-in and board a ferry to cross the Chao Phraya River. This small-group tour operates with a maximum of 10 people for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Ayutthaya Full Day Coach Tour from Bangkok

Discover the ruins of an ancient Siamese city on a full-day coach tour of Ayutthaya from Bangkok. Walk the elegant grounds of the Kings’ Summer Palace, explore a maze of towering chedis and encounter a mysterious Buddha’s head wrapped in the roots of a Banyan tree. Get a taste of Thailand’s vivid present at an Ayutthaya restaurant and learn the stories that haunt this former capitol, whose rambling temples and magnificent stupas are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Ancient Temples of Ayutthaya Tour and River Cruise with Lunch

Visiting the Ayutthaya temples on a cultural day trip from Bangkok is a highlight of any Thailand visit. This full day tour includes a stop to see the ornately decorated buildings once used as a summer palace by the kings of Siam, visiting temples in the ancient capital of Siam, a delicious buffet lunch onboard a riverboat as you make your way down the 'River of Kings' and more. This is a 'Must-Do' activity for everyone who visits Bangkok.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Ayutthaya Temples Tour By Road From Bangkok

The Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya or Ayutthaya in short, is one of Thailand’s historical and majestic highlights. Serving as the Thai capital for 417 years (1350 1767: Kingdom of Ayutthaya), it was once glorified as one of the biggest cities in the world a Southeast Asia center for civilizations. During the 17th century, most foreign visitors to Ayutthaya, traders or diplomats alike, claimed Ayutthaya to be the most illustrious and glittering city that they haacd ever visited. The map of Ayutthaya published in 1691 by Simon de la Loubre in Du Royaume De Siam is proof of such recognition. The temple compounds are still awe-inspiring even in disrepair and a visit here is memorable and a good beginning for those drawn to the relics of history.The architecture of Ayutthaya is a fascinating mix of Khmer (ancient Cambodian style) and early Sukhothai style. 
  • Duration: 9 to 10 hrs
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3-Day River Kwai Tour from Bangkok: Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Thai-Burma Death Railway

See the ancient temples of UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya, the royal summer palace at Bang Pa-In, and the terraced waterfalls of Erawan National Park — all on this 3-day small-group tour from Bangkok. Stay overnight in Kanchanaburi on the River Kwai, where your guide highlights the region’s World War II history. You’ll visit the War Museum, the Allied War Cemetery and the Thailand–Burma 'Death Railway’ Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum. With numbers limited to 12 people, you’ll receive undivided attention from the guide.
  • Duration: 3 days
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4-Day Central Thailand Cycling Adventure

Pedal through the best of central Thailand on a 4-day bicycle tour from Bangkok. Follow a scenic, 75-mile (120-kilometer) route: ride alongside canals to the vibrant Damnoen Saduak floating market and visit Kanchanaburi’s poignant World War II-era sites. Cycle through the majestic ruins of Ayutthaya and travel along jade-colored rice paddies to Bang Pa In, where the ancient Siamese King’s spent the summer months. Your group is supported by an air-conditioned van, so choose to ride as much — or little — as you like on this extraordinary trip through Thailand’s heart.
  • Duration: 4 days
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Bangkok day tour with Public Transport

Get a personalized day tour of Bangkok or neighboring provinces for a unique look at Thai culture and lifestyle. Your fully licensed local guide works with you to tailor a trip that can include the Summer Palace, Floating Market and much more.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$11.75
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Private: 9-Hour Ayutthaya and Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Tour by Chauffeured Taxi

Discover Bangkok and Ayutthaya at your own pace with this private 8 hour city tour from the comfort of your own dedicated taxi with chauffeur. Be collected from your hotel, and then with tips and insights from your chauffeur, you can explore your way and in your own time.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$325.00
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From Bangkok Ancient Ayutthaya Day Trip With Private Guide

Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private guided tour of Ayutthaya from Bangkok. This long day trip will be a breeze with round-trip transportation provided; you can focus on the scenery and enjoying the experience. Listen to insightful commentary from your guide while visiting highlights such as Wat Mahathat, Wat Chaiwattanaram, and Bang Pa-In Summer Palace.
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hrs
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  • Duration: 7 to 9 hrs
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Experience The Best Ratchaburi In 4D3N

Ratchaburi, a town of historical importance during the Dvaravati period over 1,000 years ago, is located on the banks of the Mae Klong River 80 kilometers west of Bangkok. Featuring a diverse topography, Ratchaburi features lowlands to the east and the Tanaosi Mountain Range to the west, which provides a natural border with Myanmar (Burma). The Ratchaburi provincial area abounds in natural attractions and historical sites. Ratchaburi features outstanding natural beauty and a number of opportunities to learn about Thai culture
  • Duration: 4 days
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