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From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip

1. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip

Visit sites that date back to 1350 at the Ayutthaya Historical Park. Learn about Buddhist history, architecture, and religion as you explore countless temples with your experienced tour guide. In the 18th century, much of Ayutthaya was destroyed by Burmese invaders; witness the structures in their various states of disrepair. Tree roots growing around scattered Buddha heads only adds to the historical charm of this unique destination. After departing from Bangkok bright and early, see Bang Pa-In Royal Palace en route to Ayutthaya. Used as a summer residence for ancient Thai kings, the golden pagodas and serene pools make for a great introduction to the region’s glorious past. After arriving in Ayutthaya, take several hours to explore fascinating ancient religious sites including Wat Mahathat, where a decapitated Buddha head sits nestled between ancient tree roots. Continue to Wat Mongkol Borpit, known for its enormous seated Buddha statue. Discover Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the most holy and important complex of the ancient Thai capital. Finally, explore Wat Chaiwatthanaram, known for its towering stone chedis. This site is one of the main reasons Ayutthaya was awarded UNESCO status in 1991.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Ayothaya Floating Market Day Trip

2. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Ayothaya Floating Market Day Trip

Discover some of the notable historical sites of Ayutthaya on a day trip from Bangkok. Visit ancient temples and palaces as well as the Ayothaya Floating Market with an expert guide. After meeting in Bangkok in the morning, start the 2-hour drive to Ayutthaya. The ancient city of Ayutthaya was founded around 1350, and became the second capital of Siam after Sukhothai. On this full-day trip, you will explore the ruins of the old city, in the UNESCO listed Ayutthaya Historical Park. The park is an archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries, and statues. Visit the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, originally built in 1632 by King Prasat Thong. At this spot, you can find a number of impressive buildings built in different architectural styles from Thai, Chinese and European design. Continue your tour with a visit to the Ayothaya Floating Market and enjoy some free time for lunch at your own expense. After lunch, you will visit 2 more historical sites, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and Wat Mahathat, to discover the ruins of the great temple sites. You will return to Bangkok in the early evening, where you will be dropped off at a location close to the original meeting point.

Bangkok in a Day: Must-Visit Highlights Tour with a Guide

3. Bangkok in a Day: Must-Visit Highlights Tour with a Guide

Explore the top sights in Bangkok on this day trip. Visit the Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun, and take a stroll through the vibrant and bustling old market in Chinatown. Cross the Chao Phraya River on a boat ride. Begin your 7-hour tour with a pick-up from the main lobby of your hotel in Bangkok at 08:00 AM. Then, visit the Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha, the former residence of the kings of Thailand since 1782, by local public transport. Learn about Thai history and culture from your personal tour guide. After the Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha, continue to Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha where you can marvel at the great Reclining Buddha. Cross the magnificent Chao Phraya River by public boat to visit Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn. It is one of the must-visit landmarks in Bangkok where you can spot its famous giant tower, standing 70 meters high. Have an optional Thai lunch at the local restaurant before transferring to Chinatown by subway train. Explore Chinatown and the old market to observe the local way of life. Your journey will end with a return transfer to your hotel in Bangkok. Instead of using public transport, you can also select the option to have a private air-conditioned car for your trip. In addition, there is also the option to book a private canal tour in Bangkok by long-tail boat for approximately 1 hour.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Private Full-Day UNESCO Trip

4. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Private Full-Day UNESCO Trip

Choose to meet your guide at the meeting point or take advantage of hotel transfer services from your accommodation in Bangkok. Drive towards the Ancient city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. Make your first stop at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet which was for a long time considered to be the spiritual center of Thailand. Situated within the royal palace grounds, the temple is the royal monastery and is a model of the royal temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. Then, head to Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya which is one of the oldest and most significant temples in the history of Ayutthaya as it housed the Buddha's holy relic. The temple is most famous for the Buddha head situated in a Bodhi tree root. Next, stop at Wat Ratchaburana which houses a large number of Buddha images and gold artifacts. Enjoy lunch that will be served at Krungsri River Hotel. In the afternoon, continue on to the Chao Samphraya National Museum. Admire the most important objects here including the Buddha relics found inside the crypt of Wat Mahathat and other golden treasures like the golden sword, the golden headgear (hat), the miniature royal regalia, golden sculptures, and more. Then, visit Wat Lokaya Sutharam to see the 42-meter-long reclining white Buddha. Last but not least, finish the trip at Wat Chaiwattanaram which rests on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. Learn about how the temple was ordered to built in 1630 by King Prasat Thong to honor his mother featuring the architectural style influenced by the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia. Arrive back in Bangkok at around 5 PM.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Full-Day Trip with Cruise and Lunch

5. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Full-Day Trip with Cruise and Lunch

Step back in time with a visit to Ayutthaya, the capital during the golden age of Siam. Tour the magnificent ruins of temples with an expert guide, marvel at enormous Buddhas, and take a scenic river cruise. Enjoy included entrance fees, lunch, and transportation. Depart Bangkok in the morning and head to Ayutthaya by air-conditioned minibus. Upon arrival, make your first stop at Wat Lokayasutha and see the temple's famous giant reclining Buddha image. Continue to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, considered the most important temple in Ayutthaya. Hear about how this part of the royal palace complex served as the site for royal rituals. Next, visit Viharn Pra Mongkolborpit to admire the bronze Buddha statue in the style of "subduing Mara." At 12.45 meters (40.8 feet) tall, it's one of the largest images of Buddha in Thailand. From there, move on to one of the oldest and most significant temples in Ayutthaya's history, Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya. which once housed the Buddha's holy relic. Admire the famous Buddha head entwined within the roots of a Bodhi tree. Around noon, transfer to the Pasak River pier and cruise along to the Chaophraya River while enjoying an international buffet lunch. On the way, pass by a royal monastery, a church, and a mosque. Last but not least, finish your trip at the grand, riverside Wat Chaiwattanaram. Marvel at its compelling architectural style, influenced by the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, as you wander around the monumental grounds. The tour concludes with a transfer back to Bangkok.

From Bangkok: Private Tour to Ayutthaya & Summer Palace

6. From Bangkok: Private Tour to Ayutthaya & Summer Palace

Explore Ayutthaya, the old capital city of the kingdom of Siam on a private guided day trip from Bangkok. Discover the major highlights of the historical city and stop off at the King's Summer Palace - an iconic landmark on the route home. Start your trip with pickup from your hotel in Bangkok. Board an air-conditioned private vehicle and head straight to Ayuthaya, the former Thai capital for over 400 years. Set off to observe the glory of the ancient capital on a guided walking tour of the temple and palace ruins. First, visit Wat Phu Khao Thong, or the “Monastery of the Golden Mount” located just outside Ayuthaya. Then, proceed to the ancient palace and Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the holiest temple on the site of the old Royal Palace. Capture incredible photographs of the 3 chedis (or stupas) before heading over to Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit where you can witness one of the largest bronze Buddha statues in Thailand. Following this, sit down to enjoy a delicious lunch served at a local restaurant. After this relaxing break, continue your tour to Wat Lokayasutharam, home to an impressive reclining Buddha statue. Also, step into the famous Wat Mahatat where you can marvel at the remarkable Buddha image situated right in the middle of a bodhi tree. Finally, visit the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace located between Bangkok and Ayutthaya and built during the Ayuthaya era. Learn about how it was the favorite summer palace of King Rama V and showcases an eclectic collection of buildings that blend European, Khmer, Thai, and Chinese architectural styles. At the end of the afternoon, get transferred back to your hotel in Bangkok where your memorable tour concludes.

From Bangkok: Bang Pa-In Palace & Ayutthaya Private Trip

7. From Bangkok: Bang Pa-In Palace & Ayutthaya Private Trip

Pick up from hotel in Bangkok at 08:00 a.m. Transfer by private a/c vehicle to visit Bang Pa-In Summer Palace in Ayutthaya province (drive about 1.5 hour). The palace was 1st built since Ayutthaya Kingdom period (1350-1767 A.D.), which later was reconstructed and used as the summer palace of Thai Kings. Cross the river to visit the amazing and beautiful Church style Buddhist temple. The design of the temple was similar to the Christian church but the function performed is for Buddhist religious function and the Buddhist monk resides there. The temple is located on the island besides Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace which we have to walk and cross the river by the cable cart. Continue driving to Ayutthaya Historical Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) On board the private boat and sailing along the river of Kings (Chao Phraya River) for about 1 hour. The boat will bring us tour around Ayutthaya Historical Park. Have an included Thai boat noodle at the local restaurant. Visit Wat Mahathat of Ayutthaya. The famous historical temple where you can see the head of Buddha image inside the tree root as the highlight together with the remain of the temple architecture of the temple. The temple was first built in the late 14th century as the Centre of all temples in Ayutthaya which been used for important religious ceremonies and was the residence of the supreme monk patriarch. Visit Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the former residence and royal chapel of the Kings in Ayutthaya period (1350-1767 A.D.). This historical site was the prototype of Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha in Bangkok. Visit Wiharn Mongkol Bophit where you can view the great golden sitting Buddha image. Observe the Thai culture respecting the Buddha image. Then walk to the local market where you can buy the souvenirs and local desserts and drink before return to hotel in Bangkok by private a/c vehicle. Remarks : Please dress properly when visit the Palace. Sleeveless shirts, shorts, legging (tight) or ripped pants and scarfs are NOT allowed.

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What people are saying about Ayutthaya

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 142 reviews

Jintana, aka Jin, was an amazing tourguide. She is a walking, talking Thailand encyclopedia. She took the time to answer our questions even "curious" questions from our 9 yo and 11 yo. Jin also made it fun for adults and kids alike by giving us pop questions and prizes. Although we could've done the tour sans guide, we would not have fully enjoyed the history behind Ayutthaya without Jin. Before we headed back to Bangkok, Jin treated the group with a sweet treat called Roti sai mai. If you had to choose one activity with a guide, I highly recommend this. Side note: It was a beautiful day but really hot. Definitely wear something light or bring an umbrella/hat and plenty of water!

First we went to grand palace and emerald Buddha temple, wat arun watpho reclining Buddha, flowers market, then Chinatown - the way of life of Thai people, through the many ways of transport (sky train,underground, tuk tuk, boat, talks with locals and walking). Peter was an amazing guide and so full of knowledge - answered all the questions I had in great detail. Overall great day and fully recommend

Our guide, Tar, was amazing. She was very informative and was always asking how we were doing. The temples were beautiful and well worth a visit.

Our guide, Tar, was fantastic and friendly. All the sites were amazing and worth visiting. Very satisfied.

Great experience and you learn a lot about the culture. Only thing is that it’s a very long day.