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Bangkok Airports: Transfer Pattaya, Hua Hin, and More

1. Bangkok Airports: Transfer Pattaya, Hua Hin, and More

Travel between the Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang Airport or your hotel in Bangkok to other nearby cities. Enjoy a private transfer in a comfortable van or car. Journey from the airport or your Bangkok hotel to major vacation destinations such as Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Koh Samet, Koh Chang or Laem Chabang. Avoid the inconvenience of navigating public transit with heavy bags. Instead, travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle straight to your desired destination. Once you arrive at the airport you’ll be greeted by a professional driver who will help you with your luggage. This service includes expressway fees, insurance, and free on-board bottled water.

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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.

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From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip

3. 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.

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From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Day Tour by Car & Cruise in Spanish

4. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Day Tour by Car & Cruise in Spanish

Explore the Ayutthaya Historical Park on a full-day tour from Bangkok with an official Spanish-speaking guide. Choose to take a shared group tour from one of two meeting points in central Bangkok, or upgrade your experience to a private tour with included hotel pickup and drop-off. Get picked up either at the meeting point at Narai Hotel at 7 AM or the meeting point at Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza Hotel at 7:30 AM, unless you take a private tour where you'll be picked up at your hotel. Drive to Ayutthaya for about 1.5 hours to visit the famous temples in the old city, such as Wat Phra Si Sanphet temple, which was largely destroyed by the Burmese armies in 1767. Move on to Wat Mahathat, “the temple of the Great Relic,” which enshrined Buddha relics and was the seat of the Supreme Patriarch and the center of Buddhism in the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Next, explore Wat Yai Chaimongkol, “the Monastery of Auspicious Victory,” and Wat Chai Wattanaram, one of Ayutthaya’s most impressive temples. Finally, visit the Khmer style and royal temple of Wat Chaiwatthanaram. At around 1 PM, board the White Orchid River Cruise at Wat Chong Lom Pier. Onboard, savor a delicious Thai or European lunch with desserts, seasonal fruits, coffee, and tea. Sit back and relax as you cruise past the Chao Phraya River banks, enjoying views of famous Thai attractions such as Wat Arun, the Royal Grand Palace, and Rama 8 Bridge. Arrive back in Bangkok around 4 PM and take a comfortable transfer back to your original starting point.

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Ayutthaya Temples & Eco-Farm Private Tour from Bangkok

5. Ayutthaya Temples & Eco-Farm Private Tour from Bangkok

Meet your guide in your hotel lobby at 9:00 AM. Head to the old capital of Thailand and ancient home of the Siamese kings, now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, which takes about an hour to reach. Visit the main temples there including Wat Yai Chai Mongkon, Wat Mahata, and Wat Chai Wattanaram. Try the famous local delicacy of roti sai mai (sweet pancakes). After a tasty lunch, make your way to an eco-farm nearby. Try some Thai yoga on a hard wooden bench. It might seem a bit strange but after 20 minutes you will feel a lot more relaxed. Cook a Thai dessert with the locals and enjoy the local tastes. After the cooking class, board a small fishing boat and fish for shrimp. Just relax, lean back, enjoy the views of the river. Try your luck at catching a few shrimps. Transfer back to your hotel in Bangkok and arrive home by about 5:00 PM.

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Private Guided Day Tour: Bangkok with Public Transport

6. Private Guided Day Tour: Bangkok with Public Transport

Book yourself or your group on this personalized 8-hour tour around Bangkok, or venture out to nearby provinces to get a unique insight in to Thai culture with a local. The private tour can be tailored to your interests, whether you want to visit the historic sights or neighborhood lifestyles. Visit the ornate murals of the Grand Palace or take in the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace at Ayutthaya. The Summer Palace is set on lovely grounds on the banks of the Chao Praya River and is one of the best-maintained attractions in Thailand. One of the most popular attractions close to Bangkok, you will feel like a king as you wander through the vast complex. While in Ayutthaya, take in the Historical Park. The Siamese moved their capital to Ayutthaya around 1350 AD and created a royal palace and many impressive monasteries and Wats in the area. In the mid 1800's the Burmese sacked it and the city was abandoned. Now a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site, you can explore the historic temples scattered around the encircling river. If you prefer, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and see Thais going about their everyday life in a truly unique setting. Stay in downtown Bangkok to visit sites such as the Khao San Road, Chatuchak Market and reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Transportation is via the Bangkok skytrain, or by taxi where needed. If you want to venture further afield, you will be taken by comfortable minivan and have the services of a professional driver. Everything can be arranged through your friendly guide, who will take you to the areas most of interest to you and share their expert local knowledge in a fun and fascinating way to make the city your Bangkok.

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Colors of Ayutthaya: UNESCO Heritage 6 hour Bicycle Tour

7. Colors of Ayutthaya: UNESCO Heritage 6 hour Bicycle Tour

Meet your guide at the meeting point, a short walk from Ayutthaya train station. Then enjoy a bike fitting before the start of your tour. Tours run daily from 10:00 and follow the road in a northern direction. Ride through idyllic villages and alongside rice paddies. Visit a local elementary school (if open) to interact with the children. Continue the ride and pass Phaniat Royal Elephant Kraal. During Ayutthaya’s heyday this structure was used to entrap wild elephants herded down from the north. The elephant round-ups in the Elephant Kraal were traditionally presided over by Ayutthaya kings who would choose the best and strongest elephants that would be trained for war and labor. The closer you get to the old capital the more temple ruins you will see. At around 12:30, stop for a Thai lunch at a riverside restaurant. Then enter the old capital to visit Wat Mahathat and Wat Pra Sri Sanphet. Learn the history of Ayutthaya and its temples and kings. Next take a short ride to a local market to see typical local baked and fried delicacies. Continue to the huge reclining Buddha statue at Luang Phor Lokayasuttha. Marvel at the largest Buddha statue in Ayutthaya. Then pedal on to the beautiful temple of Wat Chai Wattanaram on the west banks of the Chao Phraya River. This remarkable temple was constructed in 1630 by King Prasat Thong as a memorial of his mother's residence in the area. Continue along the west bank of the Chao Phraya River until your reach the pier. Cross the river to return to the city and reach the end of the tour.

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Ayutthaya City and Historical Park Bike Tour

8. Ayutthaya City and Historical Park Bike Tour

Get acquainted with a former capital of Thailand on a bike tour of Ayutthaya. Discover the ruins of Pom Phet on the old city walls to get a sense of what ancient travelers felt when they arrived at the Kingdom of Siam. Pedal through local neighborhoods and pass vendors selling roti sai mai, a delicious dessert of threads of palm sugar wrapped in a round of unleavened bread. Experience the peace of Somdet Phra Srinakarinda Park as you cycle to Chedi Phra Si Suriyothai, and then continue along the banks of the river to discover a Muslim community that makes hand-woven mobiles from palm leaves. Enter Ayutthaya Historical Park to look at the ruins of old temples. Stop at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet in the grounds of the Royal Palace, and take souvenir photos of the famous Buddha statue at Wat Mahathat. Experience the hustle and bustle of Chao Phrom Market, known for its amulet shops and food stalls. Take the ferry across the Pasak River and cycle back to the starting point.

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From Bangkok: Private Tour to Ayutthaya & Summer Palace

9. 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.

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What people are saying about Ayutthaya

Very well organised- from the location of the meeting point, itinerary explained to the drop off point. Our guide Jenny (nickname Oh) was a delight. Very thorough, knowledgable and extremely friendly.

The guide was super friendly. It was angreat way to know more about Thailand history and culture.

Very nice tour guide. Lots of time to take pictures. very good explanations about Thai History.

Very good price-performance ratio, very nice travel companion, nice overall package.

Rex was a fantastic guide! Very friendly and informative. Would highly recommend!