Magnificent Ayutthaya
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What You'll Do
  • Explore the temples and palaces of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Siam
  • See the large reclining Buddha of Wihan Phramongkhon Bophit
  • Visit the summer palace of Thai royalty past and present at Bang Pa-In Summer Palace
  • Drive past lush paddy fields on the scenic drive from Bangkok to Ayutthaya
  • Cruise down the mighty Chao Phraya River
  • Admire the laterite pagodas of Wat Maha That, from the Bayon Style
Visit Ayutthayam, the former capital of Siam, on a combines coach and cruise from Bangkok. Tour the Bang Pa-In summer retreat, cruise along the Chao Phraya River, and explore the temples of Wat Maha That, Wat Phrasrisanphet and more.
What to Expect
Explore the former capital of Siam on a full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya, one of Thailand's most majestic highlights. Serving as the Thai capital for 417 years (1350 - 1767), Ayutthaya was a city to rival the great European capitals of its day, and was noted for its impressive palaces and temples.

Some of the sights you will see include Wat Maha That, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit and Bang Pa-In, the last built as a summer retreat during the 19th and 20th centuries for King Rama V and King Rama VI. The palace is still in use today by the Thai Royal Family.

Following a pick-up from select hotels in Bangkok, depart by air-conditioned coach and drive past lush green paddy fields. Upon arrival, tour the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, first used by the royal court as a summer retreat in the 17th century. Most of the buildings that exist today date from the reign of King Rama V. The structures represent a variety of architectural styles, and are set in a large park around ponds and waterways.

Continue to Wat Maha That, thought to have been built before the Ayutthaya Period, around the 14th century. The laterite pagodas are from the Bayon Style, and one of the images excavated by the Fine Art Department was a Buddha image in the Sitting Attitude, belonging to the Lopburi Period.

Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit is situated on the south of Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and is where one of the biggest bronze Buddha image is situated in Thailand. It was assumed to be built during the Ayuttaya Era of King Srongtam. The temple has been restored several times in its history due to thunderstrike and wars.

Depart Wihan Phramongkhon Bophit for a cruise back to Bangkok along the mighty Chao Phraya River. Relax on board the air-conditioned River Sun boat, taking in scenes of everyday Bangkok life as well as significant Thai landmarks. A delicious Thai buffet lunch will be served as you cruise, followed by tea and coffee. Arrive in Bangkok at approximately 15:30 for the transfer back to your hotel.
What's Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Sightseeing tour as outlined
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • Chao Phraya river cruise
  • Buffet lunch
What's Not Included
  • Visa and handling services
  • Tips
  • Air fares
Know Before You Go
• During this tour, appropriate attire is required: no shorts, flip flops, slippers, or open toe shoes. Shoulders must be covered. T-shirts are permitted, but no culottes or 3/4 pants, no figure hugging clothes, exercise wear, no sports wear (ie. tracksuits), and no see-through clothing. Ladies can wear trousers (to the ankle). Jeans are allowed for both men and women. If you wish to wear shorts for the tour, a sarong or similar may have to be worn at certain points.

• All clients are covered by a limited travel insurance in the event of personal injury. However, it is highly recommended that you take out a personal liability or travel insurance prior to traveling. To be covered by the limited travel insurance, please provide the following information upon booking: passenger name, passport number, nationality, and date of birth.

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