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

1. 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.

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From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak & Ayutthaya Combination Tours

2. From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak & Ayutthaya Combination Tours

Day 1: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Maeklong Train Market (6 Hours) Board your air-conditioned van in downtown Bangkok by 6:30 AM and drive about 45 minutes to Ban Na Kwang train station where you take a local train to the picturesque Maeklong Railway Market. It is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and is centered on the Maeklong Railway's track. Whenever a train approaches, the awnings and shop fronts are moved back from the rails, to be replaced once the train has passed. Continue to visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Discover the most famous floating markets in Thailand, take in the sights and sounds of the floating vendors. Don't forget to snap some shots and try some foods when you wander through the colorful boats. Get transferred back to Bangkok around 1:30 PM or 2:00 PM. Day 2: Ayutthaya Day Tour by Bus & Return by Boat (9 Hours) Depart Bangkok at 7:30 AM and head to Ayutthaya by air-conditioned coach. Your first stop is the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace of King Rama V, which is beautifully decorated in both Chinese and European styles. Next, visit the landmark of Ayuthaya, WatMahathat, known for the Head of the Buddha which has a tree trunk and roots growing around it. Then continue to witness the biggest reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya at Wat Lokayasutharam. Enjoy your photo opportunities along the way accompanied by stories from your informative guide. At around 1:00 PM, board the White Orchid River Cruise at Wat Chong Lom Pier. Enjoy a delicious Thai or European buffet lunch with desserts, seasonal fruits, coffee and tea. Sit back and relax as you cruise along the Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok. Walk up to the boat's view deck and marvel at the stunning views of famous Bangkok attractions such as Wat Arun, the Royal Grand Palace and Rama VIII Bridge.

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

3. 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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From Bangkok: Floating Market and Ayutthaya Tour in Spanish

4. From Bangkok: Floating Market and Ayutthaya Tour in Spanish

The day begins at the meeting point for those on the small group tour, or with hotel pickup for guests who opt for the private option. Depart Bangkok between 6:15 AM and 6:45 AM and head out on the 1.5 hour journey to Maeklong Railway Market. Upon arrival, wander around with your Spanish-speaking guide, mingle with the locals going about their day, and wait for the iconic moment when the local train passes through. Board a longtail boat next and sail to the fascinating Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Spend an hour exploring this unique location and marvel at the locals selling their produce from paddleboats. Shop for snacks, souvenirs, and more, and don’t forget to sample some authentic regional food while you’re there. Continue the tour to Ayutthaya, a UNESCO listed location, and enjoy a stop for a delicious Thai lunch. After lunch, visit a selection of iconic temples including Wat Mahathat, enshrined with Buddha relics. Explore Wat Yai Chaimongkol next, followed by Wat Chai Wattanaram, one of Ayutthaya’s most impressive temples. At the end of an unforgettable day, begin the return journey to Bangkok at 5:00 PM, arriving at around 7:00 PM.

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Bangkok: Full-Day Trip to Ayutthaya Temples & Night Market

5. Bangkok: Full-Day Trip to Ayutthaya Temples & Night Market

Your tour will begin when you meet your guide at 12 PM at one of the pickup points. You’ll start by visiting Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, one of Thailand’s most visited temples. Along the way to Ayutthaya, you’ll first stop off to dress up in Thai period costumes, which you’ll wear throughout your Thai adventure. The first temple you’ll visit has one of Ayutthaya’s most mysterious backstories, which you’ll hear all about from your guide as you witness a Buddha head engulfed by the roots of a Bodhi tree. Next, you’ll explore Wat Ratchaburana, one of the country’s best-preserved temples built in the 15th century, where you’ll discover the main prang, royal viharn, and the temple crypt. After this, you’ll delve into the country’s history with a visit to Chao Sam Phraya Museum, where you’ll have the chance to explore a wide variety of golden artifacts, Buddha images, wooden door panels, and other treasures. Your day will end watching a spectacular sunset back at Wat Chaiwatthanaram temple before riding a long-tail boat to see the sights of the island city and to witness the locals’ lifestyles in action. If you’re lucky, you may even see an elephant or two along the way. Finally, your last stop on this eventful tour will be at a local night market, where you’ll have ample time to explore and soak up the atmosphere. You’ll finish by returning to Bangkok at around 8:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Ayutthaya

Sam was an excellent guide, he was exceptionally knowledgeable and very very funny. Sam was also very protective of us by warning us of common scams and told us about reasonable prices for gifts and such so that we’re not over-paying for things. He also recommended some things for us to see/do during the rest of our Bangkok stay. With regards to the tour itself, we got to see the best of Athutaya, we saw a few gorgeous and grand temples as well as the reclining Buddha, we had a nice lunch on a cruise (that felt a little too long for my liking). The cruise did have a live singing performance which was pretty nice but we weren’t able to see and enter the last temple with Sam and hear about the history since we were on the cruise and only saw the final temple from a distance. Overall though it was a great trip and we can’t speak highly enough of Sam!

Pick up from the hotel in an air-conditioned high-tech bus including lunch box It was a private tour. Our guide Ms. Penduean (Bimp) was so gracious and friendly and provided us with her broad knowledge of the history of Ayutthaya. Bimp speaks very good, understandable English and knew the answer to everything. We visited the temples (also the Buddha head in the tree) and a museum. Then we went on a boat trip on a longboat and fed an elephant. In the evening we visited the night market and tried regional delicacies. Bimp took a lot of great photos of us and captured the experiences. Any time. It was an experience with Ms. Bimp Penduean.

I booked this tour last minute in December and I was not disappointed. The guide, Bimp, was very friendly and taught the group all about Thai and Buddhist culture. I was a solo traveller and I found the tour to be interesting, and I met some lovely people. 100% recommend booking this tour!

Angie (Raquel) is lovely. Always attentive to explain all doubts. Although Spanish sometimes costs her. But in the end you find out everything. I would repeat.

Everything organized perfectly. Punctual on schedule and very helpful. Truly beautiful places