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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 UNESCO Private Full-Day Trip

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

Head north from Bangkok on this private full-day trip to Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Wat Phrasrisanphet and the former palace, the prototype for the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Take a walk to Wihan Mongkon Borpit to see the seated Buddha statue. Continue on to Wat Mahathat and Wat Ratchaburana and hear the story of the battle fought from the backs of elephants. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. The visit ends at the Choasampraya Museum. Admire the collection of ancient ornaments. Spend some time at Wat Chaiwattanaram, the stunning temple on the river, before returning to Bangkok.

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

3. 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: 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 & Ayothaya Floating Market Day Trip

5. 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.

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: 3-Day Private Tour to Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai

7. From Bangkok: 3-Day Private Tour to Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai

Day 1 - Bangkok, Ayutthaya & Nakornsawan Pickup from your hotel in Bangkok and head to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital. Stop by Bang Pa In, known as the Summer Palace, built in 1632. Explore the many stunning buildings with a long heritage in the area. You will then visit the Mahathat Temple. The highlight is the Buddha's head, which is covered with tree roots.  After Mahathat Temple head for lunch in the local restaurant. After lunch, board a boat to go around Ayutthaya island. Enjoy the views and see local life along the river. Next, you will depart Ayutthaya and head to Nakornsawan province. Visit the Nakornsawan Aquarium also known as Bueng Borapet, the biggest fresh water lake of Thailand. Then enjoy a boat ride to see the wild ducks and birds in the lake area. After a full day of adventure head to the hotel in Nakornsawan province and check in at the hotel, then spend your evening at leisure. Overnight at the Aramis Hotel or equivalent. Day 2 - Sukhothai Check out from the hotel in Nakornsawan and head to Sukhothai. On the way, stop by Kriwong temple, the most remarkable temple in Nakornsawan. Located on the hilltop, it boasts a 360-degree view of the city. Then, visit Pra Buddha Chinnaraj, also known as the The King of Victory. This statue is widely considered the most beautiful Buddha statue in Thailand. Next, visit the Folk Museum to see a collection of old tools, toys and objects from the past.  After the museum, head to a factory to see how images of Buddha are made from brass and bronze. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant nearby. Then head to Sukhothai, and the Sukhothai historical park. Bike around the historical park and take in the stunning views of the historical ruins. Overnight at the Sukhothai Treasure Resort & Spa or equivalent.  Day 3 - Chiang Mai Checkout from hotel in Sukhothai. Stop by Srisatchanalai, another beautiful historical site. See the old pagodas and a sitting buddha that dates back to 1250. Then, head to Lampang to visit Phra Suthon Momngkol Kiri, the largest Burmese-style reclining Buddha in Thailand. Visit the local market called Baan Ta Market or Kard Ban Ta to see how locals in Lampang spend their day. Try local delicacies and snacks. The journey ends in Chiang Mai, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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based on 526 reviews

We are a group of 4 on a day trip to Ayutthaya. The trip covered key landmarks and was a great way to spend a day learning about Thai history. We also had lunch at a wonderful Thai restaurant with great fried rice and pork. Our guide Tar was an excellent guide who was mindful of our comfort throughout the tour. She was also professional and very knowledgeable about Ayutthaya. She was hospitable, offering to take photos of us in the best spots at each landmark. It was a hot and sweltering day, but made a breeze due to Tar’s warm nature. Will recommend the trip to anyone.

My guide Somchai and his driver picked me up from the hotel on time. The tour took place in German. I found the Ayutthaya tour very interesting and would book it again and again. Due to Corona it was also relatively empty, there were no tourist clearances, it was very relaxing and I had my guide all to myself.

Tar was an amazing guide, she knows a lot about all the places we visited. She was able to make the tour even more enjoyable with her great personality. She's super funny and friendly and was always on the lookout for the best places to take our pictures. Would definitely recommend a tour with Tar.

Jacky was my guide from Tripguru, the Thai local partner. He was very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. Enjoyed my day. The local restaurant by the river he took us to served a delicious phad thai. The weather was kind, as there was cloud cover.

Our guide (Victor) was great, exceeded our expectations. All the history behind Ayutthaya was very interested, we had a great trip.