Explore Ayuthaya, former royal capital of Thailand, on a 10-hour sightseeing tour from Bangkok and see ancient ruins, such as the Summer Palace of King Rama IV. Learn about Ayuthaya’s history as a major port, its eventual sacking, and more.
What to Expect
Escape the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and enjoy a day of cultural history, 45 miles (75 kilometers) north in Ayuthaya, former royal capital of Siam from 1350 until its sacking by the Burmese in 1767.
Learn about the mix and mingling of cultures, which began in the mid-16th century when ships from Ayuthaya plied the Asian seas to trade with neighboring countries. When the Dutch showed up in the 17th century, Ayuthaya became an important port, with trade routes to China, Japan, Indonesia, Portugal, Holland, France and even Scandinavia.
Although the villages of the foreign traders that lined the Chao Phraya river were abandoned when the city was sacked by the Burmese, remnants survive to showcase the Ayuthaya’s glorious past.
Starting at the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace of the late King Rama IV, wander the weather-worn ruins of the most impressive temples and palaces of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. A lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Ayuthaya, an essential stop for everyone interested in a better understanding of Thailand’s rich heritage.
- Coach transportation
- English-speaking guide (guides in other languages, such as German, French and Russian are available on request, subject to a surcharge)
- Entrance fees
- Meals as specified
What's Not Included
- Tips and personal expenses
Know Before You Go
• Please note that proper attire is required to enter the Summer Palace compound; guide and tour operator staff will be happy to advise you accordingly