Explore the ruins of the former capital of Siam on a full-day road trip to Ayutthaya. Benefit from round-trip transportation from Bangkok and see the summer palace of Bang Pa-In. Learn more about the ancient Ayutthaya Kingdom at its 14th-century capital.
What to Expect
Depart Bangkok at 06:30, and journey by air-conditioned bus to the former capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya Historical Park. Get a closer look at the iconic buildings, temples and statues of a 14th-century marvel. Ayutthaya (or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya in full) served as the Thai capital for 417 years (1370 to 1767) and was once glorified as one of the biggest cities in the world.
First, stop at the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace at 08:30, and see the many royal buildings built in contrasting styles, predominantly of Thai, Chinese, Italian and Victorian influences. Then, continue to the Wat Mahathat monastery at 09:30 and experience the atmosphere of a Buddhist temple, where a remarkable tree contains the face of Buddha in its trunk.
Go to Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, where the large pagodas were built to celebrate the victory of King Naresuan's single-handed combat on elephant back. Pause for lunch at a riverside restaurant at midday, and then continue to Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit at 13:15 to see a large bronze image of Buddha. Discover the astonishing monastery of Wat Phra Si Sanphet at 13:45, located in a grand palace compound that was used as a residential palace and became a monastery during the reign of King Ramathibodi I.
Depart at 14:30 for the journey back south to Bangkok with a more complete impression of why the 17th century visitors to Ayutthaya, whether traders or diplomats, claimed the city to be the most illustrious and glittering that they had ever visited.
- Local, English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees
- Lunch at a local restaurant
What's Not Included
- Additional drinks (USD$1 to $2.50 per bottle of beer)
- Personal expenses
- Camera fees (if any)
- Drinking water or towel during the transfer