• 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


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.

Geraldine J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Had a fantastic time. Well done and got to experience seeing the sights without having to worry about anything else.

Pamela V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

My daughter and I really enjoyed this tour. Our guide Donna is very proud of her country and its history and we learned quite a bit. The river cruise was a perfect way to end a hot day of touring the temples. I would definitely recommend for a first visit to Bangkok.

Shivarama B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Though the long trip to Ayutthaya tiresome and the day was very hot we all enjoyed the tour. Ayutthaya ruins are a must see. Our guide Dauna was very helpful and explained the history of the place in understandable way. She also had good humor. The return on the big boat cruise with a nice lunch on river Chao Phraya was very enjoyable. The entire trip was very educational and enjoyable.

Nadine D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent tour, well worth the money, our guide was very informative.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

the transfers on time, we had a very good tour guide with the help of her brother,
very excellent tour and the buffet lunch very good I recommend this tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was one of the highlight tours for me on my trip to Bangkok. I highly recommend this tour because Ayutthaya is amazing and that cruise with lunch was awesome! Donna was our tour guide and while she is lovely and informative, she talks too much which reduces your time to see things. She needs to balance the time for tourists to explore with her need to talk and explain and follow her around. My husband and I caught on after the first stops so we stopped following her and listening and just walked around and explored. She will tell you when you need to meet a the bus and say to follow her so she can tell you a few things and that you have lots of time to explore but then she will continue talking for so long that your time for pictures is limited. Another suggestion for this tour company we have is that less time should be spent at the royal gardens and more at the ruins in Ayutthaya. We has one hour at the gardens and there is not much to see and half an hour at the ruins which are simply amazing. For those who like to shop, wait until you get to the vendors at the reclining Buddha because the prices are great and the woman are lovely and items are made by the people from that region.

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