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Overview

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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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.

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, Aug 2018

Great tour. Would love to do it again.

, Aug 2018

The tour is worthy and very organized. I liked it a lot. And the river cruise was really good as the amazing lunch we had while returning to Bangkok.

, Aug 2018

Collection from my hotel was at 7am, the confirmation email also advised that clothing should cover shoulders and ankles. We stopped at several historic sites where the guide provided a lot of information and then we were given free time at each place to wander by ourselves. The second half of the trip was a river cruise, where lunch was provided and commentary of the sites we passed by. It was an excellent trip which I highly recommend. We were taken back to our pick up points at the end of the trip.

, Aug 2018

Amazing! Highly recommended.

, Aug 2018

Amazing! Highly recommended.

, Aug 2018

The trip is really wonderful!!!

, Aug 2018

The trip is really wonderful!!!

, Jul 2018

It was a bit pricey to book from this site. Same tour was sold at my hotel for much cheaper, specially when you are a family of 5 travelling and paid price individually. Our tour guide for this tour was great. Donna was very nice.

, Jul 2018

I’m pretty easy to please, but this tour was something I deeply regretted signing up for. You know all the beautiful and expansive temple complexes that show up when you google Ayutthaya? You won’t be seeing any of them on this tour. The tour starts at Bang Pa summer palace, which is a reconstruction not actually in Ayutthaya. It’s just a park, and large parts of it were under reconstruction when we visited. In all honesty, had there not been scaffolding everywhere I will would’ve thought it was a waste of our time. You visit a small temple not unlike ones found within Bangkok before finally visiting part of the ruins. It’s a disproportionately small part of the trip that is actually dedicated to Ayutthaya as I had expected it. We wound up seeing two smal ruins. What I didn’t realize is that the entire city of Ayutthaya is a world heritage site, so even seeing the smaller things, while historically important, technically counts as seeing the ruins while not showing you anything close to what’s advertised in the photos.

And then at noon, you drive an hour to get on a boat, where you spend the next three hours going back to Bangkok. This was a tremendous waste of time and money. Our guide was also delivering a strange mix of borderline racist observations about Asians and jokes about happy endings. Our other tour travelers felt similarly shafted by the experience. So please, fellow traveler, do not book this. If you are still in the planning stages of your trip, consider a stop at Angkor Wat in Cambodia or head north to Chiang Mai. It is spectacular and you can find tours that are much more valuable and affordable in the end.

, Jul 2018

This tour was excellent. 5-star with respect to logistics, knowledge of the tour staff, quality of the itinerary and execution of the meal. The hotel pick-up and drop-off is a great bonus because it makes it so easy to go. All vehicles had air con. The tour guide had such an incredible amount of knowledge about every part of the tour and about Thailand in general. Everything was on time and the buffet lunch was well thought out and the variety was impressive. The reverence of the temples by the locals is awe inspiring. Please remember to be respectful at the temples. This tour accepts single people, which is nice because not all do. The only thing that took away from the experience was that some of the places had many tourists who did not seem to have the appropriate level of respect for these places. Many people wanted to take pictures of themselves at the temples, rather than the temples themselves. This can be overlooked though and you can really have the tour of a lifetime as I did.


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