Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam, sprawls over grassy lawns and dusty lots, its stone temples and statues crumbling with time. Bike tours offer an intimate and convenient way to experience the UNESCO-listed historic ruins and the surrounding modern countryside. Here are some options for Ayutthaya bike tours.
- Experience Ayutthaya Historical Park with architecture and art history experts.
- All Ayutthaya bike tours include stops within the ancient city and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and many also stop at markets in the present-day city.
- Tours generally include bike and helmet, Thai-style lunch (or snacks) and water, entrance fees, and guides.
- Most small-group tours cap capacity at 12 people.
For visitors with limited time, half-day tours starting in downtown Ayutthaya (near the train station) take in most of the highlights, including the Diamond Fortress; Wat Mahathat, with its now iconic Buddha head embedded in tree roots; the restored ruins of Wat Phra Ram; community markets; and some of the better-preserved temple sites within the UNESCO-listed Historic City of Ayutthaya. Morning and afternoon departures are available.
Full-day bike tours start in Bangkok, with various options available depending on your fitness level. Some tours involve a shuttle and a ferry ride over the Chao Phraya River to Ayutthaya, then a full day of exploring sites such as Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Wat Phutthaisawan, and the 17th-century St Joseph’s Church. Others are not for the faint of heart (or the unfit), departing from Bangkok by bike and covering some 46 miles (75 kilometers) through the rice paddies, rural communities, and canal-filled countryside en route to the temples at Ayutthaya. With these, a shuttle generally returns you to your starting point.