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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

Pierre B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Loved this trip - sailing back into Bangkok provided a unique view of the city!

Erica C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great tour. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would def recommend if looking to get out of the city!

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great day trip from Bangkok! The Ayutthaya ruins are simply incredible and the Buddha in the tree was amazing to see. The tour guide was great and you can clearly see what an impressive community it must have been before it was sacked. I took the cruise back and it was fantastic with a great buffet lunch on board and sharing my experiences with other English speaking tourists was great.

Isabella V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

excelent guide tour

Lauren L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

There is a lot of driving time to get to the temples however the guide provides a lot of details regarding the history of the country so it remains entertaining. You get ample time at each temple to take pictures- dress accordingly so females and males must have knees and shoulders covered. The river cruise was very slow but plenty of food to eat. The best views are on top of the boat however you cannot hear anything unless inside so you dont really know what youre looking at.

Timothy I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A really enjoyable day.

Joanna victoria Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Tour was great. Although we really hated the driver that fetched us from the hotel to the bus terminal. Expect a lot of companions with you because this is a group tour pooled by different agencies. Yes its crowded.

Joan J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Paul was a fantastically well organized and entertaining guide who showed us the highlights that we expected. The summer palace was lovely and so wonderful to photograph, As expected, the lunch was a buffet and rather so-so except the sushi, but the river cruise was a good introduction to Bangkok.

Kaleb P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing views, a lot to see, and so much to learn! If you do this tour try to ask for Paul because he knows a lot, passionate about what he does, and cracks jokes to keep you laughing and smiling. Make sure to bring a good amount of baht with you on this tour.

Carlos V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

In 14 tours of 8 countries within 45 days the guide was probably the best one! And all of Viators services guides were good! Great experience, very complete, very interesting. Don't miss this one.

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