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clock-o9 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

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
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour makes an early start to ensure maximum time exploring the Ayutthaya temples.
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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g
, Dec 2018

Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared great info about the city and temples we visited. It rained so that put a dampener on the river cruise portion of the trip but the second floor was air conditioned and provided decent views. The included lunch had a lot of variety and the boat was clean and well maintained.

j
, Nov 2018

Enjoyed the day on the whole, but the tour around Ayutthaya was extremely rushed and I didn't come away having learnt much. Our guide's English was not very good so it was difficult to understand her explanations. And we were only taken to two or three sites. The boat cruise back was nice, though does take up the best the part of the trip. I wouldn't recommend this trip if it's the temples you're really interested in. But I would recommend if you're after an easy excursion and are happy with just a taste of the temples, followed by a long boat trip!

M
, Nov 2018

We visited several places and saw a lot but not enough time in each place. By the time we rented the golf cart at the Summer Palace we only had 45 minutes to see it all; felt rushed. Our 2nd stop was the ruinsof Ayutthaya abd we were there fir only 30 mins; not enough time to absorb it all. We had time at the other places. Our guide Jom ws very nice but very hard to understand.

L
, Nov 2018

Good tour with an experienced local tour guide.If Travel agency can provide the following, I'll give a five start review.(1) Provide a tour bus with better condition(2) Provide a summary sheet/map indicating historical sites along the river

R
, Oct 2018

Our tour guide Pol was very informative about the tour and Thailand in general. The river cruise was a great way to end the tour and was relaxing along with a very good buffet.

G
, Oct 2018

An enjoyable tour, but REALLY would have liked more time at Ayutthaya itself. The site was pretty amazing, but I felt we were= just whisked through there and then on to the next site - our tour spent only 20 minutes at the Ayutthan site. Too much time at the summer palace (1:15) and too much time river cruise.

j
, Oct 2018

Guide and driver exelent full of info and made the trip fun .water and cold cloth given and much needed buffet on river boat beautifully presented and delicious

s
, Oct 2018

great tour

d
, Oct 2018

The tour guide Donna was excellent. Overall enjoyable experience and the included buffet lunch was suprisingly good.

G
, Sep 2018

Well organized and visited 4 attractions with buffet on cruise, quite good way to spend half a day outside Bangkok


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