Step out of one capital city and head to another on this day trip to the ancient Thai city of Ayutthaya. Spend the day immersed in the past without a large tour group to distract you; instead, explore Ayutthaya with a small group of visitors and a guide. Walk around centuries-old streets and buildings that were once the center of Thai society, such as the Bang Pa-in Palace and the Wat Mahathat.
See the spiritual lives of Ayutthaya royalty at temples like Wat Yai Chaimongkol
Refuel after a morning of sightseeing with a buffet lunch at a nearby hotel
A fantastic family experience: discounted tickets for children aged 8 and under
Back in Bangkok by early evening, with time for dinner, shopping or sightseeing
06.00 Pickup from Hotel
07.30 Depart Bangkok for Ayuddhaya (76 Kilometer)
08.30 Arrive Bang Pa-in Palace: Originally, there was riverine island. when Prasat thong
became the Ayuddhaya king (1630-1655) The palace contains five important buildings as
10.00 Visit Wat Yai Chaimongkol: This temple is also called “Wat Chao Phraya Thai” It was
built By King U-Thong in 1357 for meditation.
11.00 Wat Phra Si Sanphet: This is the most important temple within the Royal Palace
compound and correspond to The Emerald Buddha temple in Bangkok’s Grand palace
12.00 Wat Mahathat or the “Monastery of the Great Relic” is Located on the city island in
the central part of Ayuddhaya
13.30 Buffet Lunch At Tm Land Hotel
14.30 Depart from Ayuddhaya Back to Bangkok send to hotels around 16.00 PM.
On 31 May 1880, King Chulalongkorn has a royal command to arrange a royal barge procession to go to Bang Pa-in Palace with every wife but because he was attached to could not proceed according to the schedule, so please allow the royal barge of the consort to move on the way the ship of Queen Sunanda Kumariratana suffered an accident causing her and his son Prince Kannabhorn Bejaratana died. After that King Chulalongkorn graciously ordered to build a marble monument at Bang Pa-In Palace in remembrance of the Queen and her son.
The royal funeral ceremony of the Princess Srivilailaksana by using the Aisawanthipphaya Pavilion to enshrine the body and please arrange the cremation ceremony at Wat Niwet Thammaprawat which is considered a great work until it was well-known among the palace people that anyone who does not attend this event is considered to be an outsider to the royal society.
King Rama VI graciously to perform the royal wedding of Prince Prajadhipok and Princess Rambai Barni on 26 August 1918 at the Warophat Phiman throne hall which is considered the first royal wedding ceremony after enacting the royal rule on the marriage of the master of the royal family in this marriage it is truly western marriage that is to say the willingness of the wedding couple. It is said that the gift of the wedding ceremony is a diamond ring.
Bang Pa-In Palace used to welcome many royal visitors in the reign of King Chulalongkorn graciously pleased to arrange to welcome the Grand Duke tsesarevich of Russia between 20 - 24 March 1891, which the ceremony was a very large event until happened a big speech for people doing something like "Still like the Russian Tsar". In addition, during the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, it was used to endorse and give royal guests, such as Beatrix of the Netherlands, Margrethe II of Denmark, Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo or Elizabeth II.
According to the official Thai history, referring to the investigations of the Royal Chronicles of Ayutthaya by Prince Damrong Rajanubhab, the history of Wat Mahathat starts in 1374 when King Borommaracha I erected a temple at this place, bearing another name:
"In the Year of the Tiger 736 C.S. Somdet Phra Borommarachathirat and Phra Mahathera Thammakanlayan built the great, glorious, holy, jewelled reliquary (Phra Si Rattana Mahathat) east of the palace (the Royal gable of the lion). He rose 19 wah in height and equipped with a nine-membered tip that is another 3 wah in height."
His nephew and successor Ramesuan (1369-1370, 1388-1395) expanded the site in 1384 to build a great temple, while he was here as a monk between his throne offices. During this time the temple got its present name.
In 1350 U-thong, also known as King Ramathibodi I, ordered the construction of a royal palace in the same area that Wat Pra Si Sanphet stands today. The palace was completed in 1351 and King Ramathibodi established Ayutthaya as the capital of his Kingdom. The palace contained three wooden buildings named "Phaithun Maha Prasat", "Phaichayon Maha Prasat", and "Aisawan Maha Prasat". Upon finalization of the palace in 1351, he established Ayutthaya as his capital and was bestowed the title of King Ramathibodi I. In 1448 King Borommatrailokanat built a new palace to the north and converted the old palace grounds to be a holy site. His son, King Ramathibodi II had two Stupa, which in Thailand are known as Chedis, built in 1492 where the ashes of his father, King Borommatrailokkanat, and his brother, King Borommaracha III were buried.
Wat Mongkhon Bophit is an 'active' temple compound, and throughout the day many people visit and worship the Buddha image.
Interestingly it lies adjacent to Wat Phra Si Sanphet, and therefore both the ruins of Wat Phra Si Sanphet and the more contemporary Wat Mongkhon Bophit can be visited the same morning or afternoon.
The main feature at Wat Mongkhon Bophit is the large bronze (gilded) Buddha image, named Phra Mongkhon Bophit, which is close to 17 meters high (when including the 4,5 meters high base).