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A very pleasant full day steeped in history.
We were picked up promptly at our hotel at 7am and transferred to our coach via mini bus where we met our guide, First. As we journeyed out the freeway First was very entertaining and explained how our day would unfold and what to expect.
Our first stop in Ayutthaya was Wat Phra Si Sanphet. After about 15 minutes of explanation on the site by First we were left to explore at our leisure for 45 minutes. We were grateful that the site wasnt too busy and there were plenty of unique photo opportunities.
Once we were back on the coach First told us about our next destination, Bang Pa-in - Summer Palace. Upon arrival at the Palace we fed the veracious fish in a pond which was adorned by the Aisawanthipphaya-At Pavilion. First then took those of us who spoke English on a 30 minute walking tour explaining the history of the Palace. After this we were allowed to explore for another 30 minutes taking in the Wehart Chamrunt, or Heavenly Light and climbing the steep spiral staircase of the Ho Withun Thasana, or Sages' Lookout.
Back on the coach we headed to our River Boat for lunch and a pleasant leisurely return to Bangkok on the Chao Phraya River. The buffet lunch was OK but there were a lot of other tours on board so the food was a little light on particularly when some passengers took far more than their share. I watched one woman remove all of the solids in the Tom Yum and place them into bowls for her family which left nothing but seasoned coconut soup for the rest of us. I stress that this is not the tour operators fault. The trip along the river took around two and a half hours and was a very inciteful journey and I have no hesitation in reco
Totally recommend these guys, lots of freedom to explore the sites, the guide was great and full of information plus really friendly, pick up was exactly in time. The boat trip was so relaxing and heaps of every type of food and great way to end totally recommend this trip.
Great Tour with wonderful guide and driver. The guides English and knowledge were fantastic. The slow boat back to Bangkok was a bit of a waste of time.
Great tour at good pace. Given time to explore sites on own for 20 minutes after getting information from guide. Unbelievably amazing beauty and history, River boat cruise nice as well and nice lunch. Highly recommend!!
Un lugar increíble. Excursion que no debe faltar!
Came to Bangkok 10 years ago and was told when we came back to be sure to see Ayutthaya. We did. Definitely worth the day trip. Very prompt pick up and actually saw more than just ruins of the city. There was a palace tour included there that I didn't realize was part of the day. It was really beautiful and quite different from other things we had seen in Thailand. The cruise back aboard the Pearl was very good too. The food was better than we had expected for a day cruise boat and the boat itself was very modern and nice. The tour bus going to Ayuthaya wasn't quite as nice as some of the others we saw around...but I wouldn't ding them for that one item.
The boat ride was a little long but a great day!
Very nice. The cruise was very good
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This was a very interesting tour. I think that all trips to Thailand should include a tour to Ayuthaya as it gives an outline on the history of the country and the government.
Guide very knowledgeable
Picked up from hotel in mini van
Then put onto BIG bus
Different view of Bangkok from a large bus
Able to see everything
Lunch on the boat ride was plentiful
Ayuthaya and summer palace breathtaking
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