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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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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

David J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The trip was fantastic! I would highly recommend this tour to my friends/family.


RedBen Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Awesome trip that you should not miss.
Awesome Tour guide
Awesome experiences
Value for money
Don't miss this one day trip

Sara J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was really comprehensive and several aspects exceeded my expectations. The boat cruise was actually rather luxe with a large buffet lunch served, as opposed to a ferry that I was expecting. The gardens and setting at the Bang Pa-In Temples were absolutely gorgeous. I highly recommend, especially for the price.

Agrita L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Perfect! The guide was informative and helpful. We love the cruise. Though it was raining when we were in Summer Palace, the trip was enjoyable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wow, just stunned at the whole entire experience, the summer Palace was elegant and a great place to take pictures. The ride there was also comfy and our tour guide sorry forgot his name, middle aged gentleman with white hair was incredibly informative of the history of these wonders of the world. Ayutthaya was without a doubt the best part I took the time to meditate for 10 minutes the place was a swan song to the great Buddha and his teaching, swan song because the place was looted and destroyed by the Burmese Army! the ending was a glorious ride on the Chao Praya river back to Bangkok on a luxury watch, the food was amazing!!! and diverse with many different choices, a foodies delight. Felt like Anthony Bourdain while eating all the stuff they had. I was really surprised at the quality of everything involved yes, including the bus I will definitely encourage fellow travelers to take this tour it was the highlight of my trip to Thailand.

barry m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

No complaints, it was excellent.

Alan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

my wife and accompanying children thoroughly enjoyed their tour especially the river cruise and excellent buffet lunch.

Dianne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Lovely day! Everything went well. It was my only group tour of the whole two week trip. While I don't like group tours, this worked well. We were first on the bus from van pick-up, so we got to sit up front. The guide is well-educated and told us a lot about where we were going.

I enjoyed seeing the ancient ruins and we had plenty of time to wander and take photos. After a long day in the sun the boat cruise was a great way to relax. The food was better then expected and it was nice to just sit by the way our buffet was quickly out of desserts but there was a second table upstairs which I found later that still had desserts - so wander!.

Well worth it.

Enrique P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016


Jane United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My friend and I arranged several tours for our few days stay in Bangkok, including this one which we both felt was excellent. The guide Donna was fabulous, really kept every ones attention. Although theres not much time to wonder round your self, theres enough to get a feel for the places and see the main areas. But this is just how it is when on an organised tour and wanting to cram in as much as possible when your time is limited. At the end of tour is a river cruise back to the city, which includes a fabulous buffet / all you can eat meal which is laid out beautifully and with such an extensive choice. The service on the boat is excellent. Id pre ordered a veggie meal, which was served to me easily and at the same time as everyone was going up for the buffet. I was also able to use the buffet too. The cruise was very relaxing and easy with plenty of space on deck. Its a great way to see more of the city along the river while relaxing on deck. Theres temples, monument, houses and gardens along the way. Excellent tour, definitely recommend and worth the time and money for two of us it was 77 total - great value

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