Ayutthaya
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From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Temples Small Group Tour with Lunch

1. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Temples Small Group Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a small-group tour of the magnificent temple ruins of Ayutthaya, the capital during the golden age of Siam. All entrance fees, an expert guide, and lunch at a local restaurant are included. Travel from Bangkok in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle or choose to join the tour at your first stop in Ayutthaya, Wat Lokayasutha. This temple is known for its giant reclining Buddha image, one of the few structures remaining intact here. Your next stop is Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, being part of the royal palace complex this is where royalty performed rituals. It is considered the most important temple of Ayutthaya. Then, visit Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya. One of the oldest and most significant temples in the history of Ayutthaya, it once housed the Buddha's holy relic. Admire the famous Buddha head entwined within the roots of a Bodhi tree. After, tuck into a hearty lunch at a local Thai restaurant, where your guide will be available to advise on local culinary specialties. 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.

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

2. 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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Ayutthaya & Lopburi Monkey Temple Private Day Trip

3. Ayutthaya & Lopburi Monkey Temple Private Day Trip

Meet your guide your hotel lobby at 9 AM. Depart for Ayuthaya, which is about 1 hour from Bangkok. Witness the glory of the ancient capital of Siam, now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site as you explore the temple and palace ruins. First, visit Wat Phu Khao Thong, or the Monastery of the Golden Mount, which is located just outside Ayuthaya. Then, proceed to the ancient palace and Wat Phra Si Sanphet. Make a stop at Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit, one of the largest bronze Buddha’s in Thailand. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive another hour to the province of Lopburi, one of the oldest cities in the country. Discover how this city was historically within the large Khmer empire and was briefly the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. The biggest tourist draw in Lopburi is Phra Prang Sam Yod - also known as the Monkey Temple. Many mischievous macaques live in the temple grounds and surrounding streets, happy to relieve people strolling by of snacks, drinks, sunglasses, and other items. After saying goodbye to the monkeys, get a 2-hour transfer back to your hotel in Bangkok.

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From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Full-Day Trip with Driver

4. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Full-Day Trip with Driver

Explore the former capital of Siam on a full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, Wat Mahathat, and the Viharn Pra Mongkolborpit on this day trip. At 07:00 AM you’ll be met by a private driver and head off to Ayutthaya province. Stop at Bang Pa-in Palace, a complex of royal residences first built in around the 17th century. Continue to Wat Mahathat, thought to have been built before the Ayutthaya Period, in the 14th century. See the face of Buddha on a tree, and visit Wat Phrasrisanphet, the former royal monastery. The last stop is Viharn Pra Mongkolborpit, where a stunning bronze Buddha image is located. Entrance fees for attractions on this trip are at your own expense. Around 4:00 PM you’ll make the return trip to Bangkok.

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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.

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From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip

6. 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 Private Full-Day UNESCO Trip

7. 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.

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From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak & Ayutthaya Combination Tours

8. 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

9. 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: Ayutthaya UNESCO Private Full-Day Trip

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Ayutthaya

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based on 1,765 reviews

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!

Our tour with Sam was great. He was very informative, loved the temples he showed us, and the lunch was great. Very hot so the air con minibus was very appreciated. Thanks very much!

Sam was an excellent guide! Endlessly knowledgeable, fluent, cheerful, and engaging. An interesting group of fellow travelers too.

Our guide Kiwi was great! She was funny, really informative and knew all the best spots for photos!

Sam was a great guide. He shared a lot of insights and was a great guide. Def recommended.