Visit the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the capital of Siam for 417 years and one of Thailand's major tourist attractions on this full-day road trip from Bangkok.
What to Expect
The Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya or Ayutthaya for short is one of Thailand's most historical and majectic highlights. Serving as the Thai capital for 417 years (form 1370 to 1767: Kingdom of Ayutthaya). It was once glorified as one of the biggest cities in the world and a Southeast Asian center for civilization. During the 17th century, most foreign visitors to Ayutthaya, traders or diplomats alike, claimed Ayutthaya to be the most illustrious and glittering city that they had ever visited. The map of Ayutthaya published in 1691 by Simon de la Loubre in Du Royaume De Siam is proof of such recognition.
Today, there are but groups of crumbling ruins and rows of headless Buddhas where once an empire thrived. The temple compounds are still awe-inspiring even in disrepair and a visit here is memorable and a good beginning for those drawn to the relics of history. The architecture of Ayutthaya is a fascinating mix of Khmer (ancient Cambodian style) and early Sukhothai style. Some cactus-shaped obelisks, called prangs, denote Khmer influence and look something like the famous towers of Angkor Wat. The more pointed stupas are ascribed to the Sukhothai influence. For new arrivals who have limited their visits to Bangkok, similarities may be noted with the riverside Wat Arun, an 18th century structure that was built in the so-called Ayuttaya style, a melding of Sukhothai Buddist influences and Hindu inspired.
06:30: Meet a staff member in your hotel lobby and depart for Ayuttaya by air-conditioned bus.
08:30: Visit the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace. The palace consists of many royal buildings built in contrasting architectural styles however the Thai, Chinese, Italian, and Victorian styles predominate.
09:30: Wat Phananchoeng. This monastery was built in 1325 AD and the most important for the inhabitants of Ayuttaya.
09:45: Visit Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, large pagodas built to celebrate the victory of his single-handed combat on an elephants's back.
12:00: Lunch will be provide at a riverside restaurant.
13:15: Wihan Pharamongkhon Bophit is a large bronze cast image of Buddha.
13:45: Wat Phra Si Sanphet is an important and outstanding monastery located in a grand palace compound used as a residential palace. It became a monastery during the reign of King Ramathibodi I.
14:30: Departure from Ayuttaya to Bangkok.
- Local English-speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees
- Lunch at local restaurant
What's Not Included
- Additional drink ($1 to $2.50 USD per bottle of beer)
- Personal expenses
- Camera fee (if any)
- Drinking water or towel during the transfer also not provided
Pick-up from your Bangkok hotel.