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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.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Ayothaya Floating Market Day Trip

2. 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: Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip

3. 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: Floating Market and Ayutthaya Tour in Spanish

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

Travel to some of the hottest sights outside of Bankok on this day trip in an airconditioned vehicle. See the train pass at the Maeklong Railway Market, take a longtail boat to the Floating market, and visit the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya to visit ancient ruins. Begin at the meeting point for those on the group tour, or with hotel pickup for guests who opt for the private option. Depart Bangkok early in the morning and head out on the journey to the Maeklong Railway Market. Explore the market 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 handcrafts. Don’t forget to sample some authentic regional food while you’re there. Continue the tour to Ayutthaya and stop for a delicious Thai lunch. After lunch, visit a selection of iconic temples including the Wat Mahathat, which is enshrined with Buddha relics. Explore Wat Yai Chaimongkol next, and the impressive Wat Chai Wattanaram. Return to your starting point in Bangkok in the evening.

From Bangkok: Customize Your Own Full-Day Ayutthaya Tour

5. From Bangkok: Customize Your Own Full-Day Ayutthaya Tour

Visit the ancient remains of the Kingdom of Siam’s former capital on a personal, private tour of Ayutthaya Historical Park. Visit key sites, like the magnificent Wat Mahathat and and the capital’s holiest temple, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, and travel to and from Bangkok in comfort with a private transfer. A thriving international trading port from 1350-1767 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is an abundance of fascinating history to uncover in Ayutthaya. Pick up to four attractions you’d like to see to customize your itinerary, or ask the expert guides for recommendations. Highlights include Wat Mahathat, a stone Buddha head entwined in tree roots, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, with its towering stone chedis, and Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the holiest temple of the ancient Thai capital. Enjoy a private transfer to and from Bangkok and, optionally, explore with a knowledgeable guide.

Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Lopburi Monkey Temple Private Day Trip

6. Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Lopburi Monkey Temple Private Day Trip

Witness the glory of the ancient capital of Siam, Ayutthaya, on a private guided tour. Discover the temple and palace ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Lopburi Monkey Temple. Meet your guide your hotel lobby at 9 AM. Depart for Ayuthaya, which is about 1 hour from Bangkok. 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 Buddhas 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. See mischievous macaques that 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, return to your hotel in Bangkok.

From Bangkok: Day Trip to Pattaya City & Sanctuary of Truth

7. From Bangkok: Day Trip to Pattaya City & Sanctuary of Truth

Get picked up from your hotel in Bangkok at around 7:30 AM and ride about 2 hours to Pattaya City. Visit the Sanctuary of Truth, a large wooden structure constructed in 1981 by the sea at Laem Ratchawet. It was conceived from the concept that human civilization owes its existence to the religious and philosophical truth. You’ll learn how the grand castle has been built by ancient wood-joining techniques you can’t see elsewhere in the world including tongue and groove techniques, butt joint, dovetails, sapped spurs, and more. It’ll be your once-in-a-lifetime experience to participate in the construction of the miraculous national and world heritage. Continue your journey to Pattaya viewpoint which is located on Khao Phra Tam Nak which is a small hill on the South of Pattaya Beach. The location is the best spot to see the panoramic view of Pattaya City and its bay from above. On the hilltop, it’s also the site of Naval Radio Station where the monument of Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak, the Father of Royal Thai Navy, is situated alongside a sacred Buddha image. Enjoy your free time at Pattaya Beach, the half-moon-shaped Pattaya Beach that is 4 kilometers long with a road running parallel to the beach. There is a variety of restaurants, hotels, bars, department stores, and souvenir stores as well as other places of entertainment. Depart from Pattaya at about 3:00 PM and arrive at your hotel in Bangkok at around 6:00 PM.

From Bangkok: Pattaya Beach & Coral Island Small Group Tour

8. From Bangkok: Pattaya Beach & Coral Island Small Group Tour

Choose between heading straight to the meeting point or being picked up from your accommodation in central Bangkok. Sit back and enjoy the air-conditioned ride as you’re taken on a full-day trip to Ko Lan (Coral Island), a dreamy island just off the coast of Pattaya. Spend 4 leisurely hours on the island of Koh Lan. Swim and snorkel in the warm, clear waters, try some beach sports, or simply relax on the white sands. Once you’ve soaked up the sun, you’ll head back to Pattaya Pier. Explore Pattaya Viewpoint and take in panoramic views of the area. Visit the incredible Sanctuary of Truth temple. Although still under construction, it’s a striking piece of architecture with detailed woodworking. Take one last glimpse of the sea before being transferred back to Bangkok.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Private Full-Day UNESCO Trip

9. 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: Private Tour to Ayutthaya & Summer Palace

10. 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.

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excellent tour, and also very organized. Bonnie is an amazing tour guide, very kind and funny. I loved everything about this tour. highly recommend

Very nice tour. She talks softly. Considerate. Told me a great spot for prawns, big juicy delicious skewed prawns

Very well planned tour. Excellent guide. We enjoyed a lot and I recommend it.

We had an amazing day with our guide Coconut ! Thank you for everything

Extraordinary visit with the best possible Guide. I highly recommend.