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


  • 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

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

Edwin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Amazing history.

Ole P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This tour was great! Donna was such a great and enthusiastic guide, who knew her history. It was also fun to visit her childhood town and temple. You will visit Bang-Pa in Palace and the ruins of Ayuttahaya, which was amazing. Thanks also to the driver of the bus and for providing cold water and refereshing towels on a hot day.
The river cruise back to Bangkok made the whole trip great, with fantastic buffet and view to the city.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Tour lead was very knowledgeable and nice. Everything else was really nice on this tour as planned.

Stephen A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Time well spend in this lovely adventure. The best guide ever, a comfortable bus and a beautiful country. Highly recommended

Neil J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Ayutthaya Temples was an amazing site, reminded us of when we visited Pompeii. The river cruise was a relaxing way to return to Bangkok and a delicious buffet lunch.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent trip, wasted a bit of time having to go from hotel pick up to central bus area for larger bus tour. Do a was very good. The cruise was the perfect way to end the frip and see Bangkok from the river. The buffet son the boat was very good.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We enjoyed Michelle our guide and tour was well planned !

Daveen USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Amazing Tour! I was picked up at my hotel on time, we were shuttled to their main office and boarded the bigger bus. Very popular tour! Highly Recommend! Ayutthaya Temples were Amazing and I Really Enjoyed It! Our tour guide was great, she knows a lot of history of everything. She deterred us to shop at certain places, she advised us to wait until we got to a certain stop, because it was much better shopping. I heard other people on the bus saying the vendors paid her commission after anyone in our group bought anything. But the prices were good, not different then the other shopping places. The River Cruise back was Awesome! Buffett Lunch on the Cruise was Amazing! GREAT FOOD!

Paul G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Although it was hot, the guide led us on a great tour through the interesting sights of Ayutthaya. After the warm day, the river cruise was a nice way to end the trip!

Keith C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Comprehensive tour of the temples and lazy ride back to Bangkok on the river.

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