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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

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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent! Will do it again.

Allen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had a fantastic guide named Donna who loved what she was doing. She took everyone's pictures at every temple and attraction, fed the stray dogs and was totally respectful and knowledgeable of Thai culture. Our river cruise was lovely. It was a big boat with outdoor as long as you can stand the heat, and indoor air conditioning with guided narration if you're interested. Our buffet style lunch was fantastic with many things to try - more than enough to eat. I would do this tour again.

dessymed Bulgaria

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Dona is amazing guide.

Kathleen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very good tour guide. Would recommend if traveling to Bangkok.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour guy Andy was informative. The buffet on the river cruise ride back was amazing. Overall a great vaule/


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I truly enjoyed this tour. We had an exceptional tour guide, Mr. Paul, who's fluent in English and very knowledgeable about Thai history, with a sense of humor to boot. Our family of 4 was picked up from our hotel by a van and later boarded a big tour bus together with other tourists. Our first stop was the Bang Pa-In Palace which was the summer residence of the kings. The place was very nice and well maintained, full of trees, plants, flowers and a beautiful lake. It was breezy and cold during the tour, very suitable for walking and enjoying the sights. The next was the temple with the Buddha's head in the tree roots, which was the most photographed part. We also went to the large reclining Buddha which was similar to the one in Bangkok but this one was in the open with no roof over it. We had a lunch buffet cruise along the Chao Praya River on our way back to Bangkok, with the tour guides explaining the different temples and other notable buildings along the side of the river as we passed. I highly recommend this tour.

Elna Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I'm glad we joined this tour. We've learned so much history about Thailand, visited the ruins of old temples, and had a relaxing river cruise back to Bangkok city. Despite the size of the tour, we had ample time to check out the different locations that we visited and it was not rushed. Good job to the 3 guides who accompanied us for being knowledgeable and ensuring that all of the guests had a wonderful time.

Lucy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great experience! Out guide for the day was the lovely Donna. Such a charming and knowledgeable guide! Everything about this tour was great, from the visit to the summer palace of King Rama IV to the ancient capital of Siam, the Reclining Buddha of Wat Chai Mongkol and the river cruise back to Bangkok along the Chao Phraya River with a delicious buffet lunch included.

john b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great cultural experience. Andy was exceptional in explaining history- both military and social.

Jessica E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was one of the best guided tours I've ever experienced. I was staying a little outside of where others' hotels were, so took a cab to meet them at 6 am, where I was met promptly by the tour group. Our guide, Paul, was very funny, extremely knowledgeable, and kind I had a nice conversation with him about flooding in the area, politics, and different cultures in Thailand and Asia. The various sites, particularly the Temples, are a once in a lifetime experience they are beautiful and humbling to say the least.

Everything was well-timed and organized, and the food on the boat cruise back was varying and filling.

I would highly recommend this tour and Paul!

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