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From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Temples Small Group Tour with Lunch

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 Historical Park Guided Day Trip

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Park Guided Day Trip

Visit sites that date back to 1350 at the Ayutthaya Historical Park on a private or shared tour from Bangkok. Learn about Buddhist history, architecture, and religion as you explore countless temples with a local tour guide leading the way. 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. 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 add to the historical charm of this unique destination. 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. Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

From Bangkok: Customize Your Own Full-Day Ayutthaya Tour

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. Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Private Full-Day UNESCO Trip

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.

Colors of Ayutthaya: UNESCO Heritage 6 hour Bicycle Tour

Colors of Ayutthaya: UNESCO Heritage 6 hour Bicycle Tour

Meet your guide at the meeting point, a short walk from Ayutthaya train station. Then enjoy a bike fitting before the start of your tour. Tours run daily from 10:00 and follow the road in a northern direction. Ride through idyllic villages and alongside rice paddies. Visit a local elementary school (if open) to interact with the children. Continue the ride and pass Phaniat Royal Elephant Kraal. During Ayutthaya’s heyday this structure was used to entrap wild elephants herded down from the north. The elephant round-ups in the Elephant Kraal were traditionally presided over by Ayutthaya kings who would choose the best and strongest elephants that would be trained for war and labor. The closer you get to the old capital the more temple ruins you will see. At around 12:30, stop for a Thai lunch at a riverside restaurant. Then enter the old capital to visit Wat Mahathat and Wat Pra Sri Sanphet. Learn the history of Ayutthaya and its temples and kings. Next take a short ride to a local market to see typical local baked and fried delicacies. Continue to the huge reclining Buddha statue at Luang Phor Lokayasuttha. Marvel at the largest Buddha statue in Ayutthaya. Then pedal on to the beautiful temple of Wat Chai Wattanaram on the west banks of the Chao Phraya River. This remarkable temple was constructed in 1630 by King Prasat Thong as a memorial of his mother's residence in the area. Continue along the west bank of the Chao Phraya River until your reach the pier. Cross the river to return to the city and reach the end of the tour.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Day Tour by Bus

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Day Tour by Bus

Our bus tour is designed to provide you with a seamless and enriching experience as we delve into the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Departing from MBK Mall, we'll whisk you away on a comfortable air-conditioned bus, allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenic journey to Ayutthaya. As we arrive in Ayutthaya, prepare to step back in time as the ancient city unfolds before your eyes. The first temple is Wat Chaiwatthanaram and it is a magnificent Buddhist temple located in the historical city of Ayutthaya, Thailand. It is one of the most iconic and well-preserved temples in Ayutthaya, known for its impressive Khmer-style architecture and scenic riverside location. Led by our expert tour guide, you'll explore the enchanting ruins, exquisite temples, and iconic landmarks that tell the tales of Ayutthaya's illustrious past. From the iconic Wat Mahathat, with its famous Buddha head entwined in tree roots, to the grandeur of Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the former royal temple, every stop will immerse you in the rich history and architectural splendor of this remarkable place. Visit the highlight of Wat Lokayasutharam is the massive Reclining Buddha statue, also known as Phra Bhuddhasaiyart, which measures approximately 37 meters (121 feet) in length and 8 meters (26 feet) in height. The statue is made of brick and covered in plaster, with a beautiful golden exterior. Its serene and majestic presence leaves visitors in awe. Our knowledgeable guide will regale you with fascinating stories, legends, and insights into Ayutthaya's rise and fall, bringing the ancient city to life. Learn about the vibrant trade routes that once made Ayutthaya a thriving cosmopolitan hub, witness the influence of different cultures in the city's architecture, and discover the religious significance of the numerous temples that dot the landscape. During our tour, you'll have the opportunity to capture breathtaking photos, admire intricate craftsmanship, and marvel at the artistry of Ayutthaya's historical treasures. Feel free to explore the ruins at your own pace, soaking in the serene ambiance and contemplating the echoes of the past. As the day comes to a close, we'll bid farewell to Ayutthaya and return to Bangkok, leaving you with cherished memories and a newfound appreciation for Thailand's captivating history and heritage. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a culture seeker, or simply curious about the wonders of Ayutthaya, our bus tour promises an unforgettable adventure that will transport you to a bygone era. So, sit back, relax, and get ready to embark on a captivating journey through time on our Ayutthaya Bus Tour!

Ayutthaya: Ancient City Temple Tour

Ayutthaya: Ancient City Temple Tour

Embark on a self-guided private temple tour for Full day (8 Hours) of ancient temples situated in Ayutthaya Province. After picking up from the Hotel (early morning), there will be a drive of about 1 hour to the Ayutthaya province where we will stop first at the Bang Pa - In Palace. After gazing through the beautiful palace, we will then head inside the center of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province. Here the first temple we will visit is One of the City’s landmarks, Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, this Temple was built in 1357 for monks ordained and trained at the Monastery of Phra Wanaratanathen in Sri Lanka. After which we can go for a lunch meal at a nearby thai restaurant. We will then continue to Wat Phra Si Sanphet comprises dozens of structures built for royal usage only, including three large elegant bell-shaped pagodas standing on an elevated platform. Adjacent to Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Viharn Pra Mongkolborpit houses a gigantic Buddha image. The gilded bronze Buddha image at the attitude of Subduing Mara is 40 feet high. Then head to Wat Mahathat once enshrined Buddha relics and was the seat of the Supreme Patriarch of Buddhism. Most tourists come here for the head of Buddha sculpture that is encircled by the tree’s roots.  Later visit one of Ayutthaya’s most impressive Temples, the Khmer style Wat Chaiwatthanaram is located opposite the south West corner of the Historical Island on the other side of the Chao Phraya River. A Boat ride to the Temple offer very nice views of this large, well preserved monastery.  Then off to the car and return to the hotel in Bangkok city.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Day Tour Small Group

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Day Tour Small Group

Embark on an enriching journey with the Ayutthaya Day Tour Small Group, a captivating exploration of Thailand's historical treasures. Begin your day with a visit to the exquisite Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, a harmonious blend of Thai, Chinese, and European architectural styles. Marvel at the intricate details and historical significance of this summer residence for Thai kings. Dive into the heart of Ayutthaya, exploring the central district. Receive a Thb 50 food court discount voucher, inviting you to savor local culinary delights as you stroll through the historic surroundings. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and unique flavors of Ayutthaya. Experience the lively Ayothaya Floating Market, where vibrant boats navigate the waterways, offering an array of local products and traditional Thai snacks. Engage with local vendors, witness the lively exchange of goods, and capture the essence of this dynamic market. Step into the historical grounds of Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, an ancient temple with a storied past. Admire the impressive architecture and learn about the temple's significance in Thai history as the former royal monastery. Explore the iconic Wat Maha That, known for the captivating image of Buddha's head entwined in the roots of a Bodhi tree. Uncover the mysteries and legends surrounding this archaeological site, offering a glimpse into Ayutthaya's spiritual and cultural heritage. Conclude your day at Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, a majestic temple renowned for its towering pagodas and serene atmosphere. Ascend the stairs to gain panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, capturing the essence of Ayutthaya's historical charm. Throughout the day, your knowledgeable guide will provide insights into the rich history and cultural significance of each site, creating an immersive and educational experience. The small group setting ensures a personalized journey, allowing you to connect with fellow travelers and the enchanting stories embedded in Ayutthaya's ancient wonders. From royal palaces to bustling markets and sacred temples, this day tour promises an unforgettable adventure through the cultural tapestry of Thailand.

Ayutthaya: 3-Hour Sunset Ride Bike Excursion

Ayutthaya: 3-Hour Sunset Ride Bike Excursion

During this Ayutthaya Sunset Ride, explore the former capital of Thailand and UNESCO World Heritage Site by night. After sunset, the ruins and temples in the ancient capital are beautifully illuminated by spotlights from the ground contrasting with the pitch black sky. With explanations from your guide, imagine how beautiful Ayutthaya’s temples were and how powerful the Thai kings of Ayutthaya were before its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767. As soon as you have selected a bicycle, ride to the pier where you will board a ferry to cross the Pa Sak River. Once you arrived on the other side, cycle through Chao Phrom Market, the most famous local market in Ayutthaya. Then cycle along Chankasem Palace, nowadays a national museum, the old prison and Hua Ro Market before you arrive at Bang Ian Night Market. Park your bicycles and walk through this busy night market with many vendors selling clothes and, of course, food. Have appetizers here and get a glimpse of the local nightlife. Once the sun has set, cross the road to Wat Mahathat, one of the most famous temple complexes in Ayutthaya Historical Park. Wat Mahathat, a royal monastery, once served as the seat of the Sangaraja, the head of the Buddhist monks. Continue your spectacular evening bike ride and pass the illuminated Wat Ratchaburana and Wat Phra Ram. Of course, you can stop to make some pictures. The next impressive temple will be Wat Phra Si Sanphet built in several phases during the 15th and 16th-centuries. It was located inside the compound of the Grand Palace and served as a royal chapel. After the Burmese conquered Ayutthaya, the temple was sacked and mostly destroyed; all that remained were the three chedis which contain the ashes of three Ayutthaya kings. For dinner, you will stop at a local restaurant where your guide will order some delicious Thai dishes. After dinner, continue exploring Ayutthaya and cycle over the bridge to cross the Chao Phraya River where you will be able to see the illuminated ruins of the magnificent Wat Chaiwattanaram in the distance. A couple of minutes later, you will be standing in front of this stunning temple complex, wonderfully lit up at night. Wat Chaiwattanaram was built in 1630 by King Prasat Thong to honor his mother, featuring the architectural style influenced by the Angkor temple in Cambodia. The moon, shining brightly high up in the dark sky, makes this amazing temple look even more magical. Before returning to the office, make a last stop at Wat Lokayasutharam to take a picture of the huge reclining Buddha, the largest in Ayutthaya. While cycling back, you pass the enlightened Ayutthaya City Pillar or Lak Muang. People visit the city pillar to make offerings and pray for good fortune, pregnancy and other favors. Arrive at the office again where this amazing Ayutthaya sunset bicycle adventure ends.

Ayutthaya UNESCO , World Heritage private tour

Ayutthaya UNESCO , World Heritage private tour

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. Or you could visit one of the temples which is highlighted called Wat Pra ngam. Spend some time at Wat Chaiwattanaram, the stunning temple on the river, before returning to Bangkok.

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4.7
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Sam was very informative. We learned a lot from him. Chai and Sam were very polite and friendly. They make sure all of us were well hydrated by offering 3 bottles of water. Good thing the tour started early as it was very hot and humid as early at 8AM. Food choice for vegetarians can be improved. We enjoyed the tour.

The day trip was excellent, our tour guide was fabulous and answered all of our questions enthusiastically and thoroughly. Would highly recommend to learn the culture of Thailand. It was a beautiful trip for our family!!

Very good experience, our guide has been very patient with the unpunctual attendees and with those who were just fluent in the English language. We recommend the tour to those interested.

The excursion to the city of Ayuthaya was very nice. The very friendly guide and the spectacular tour! I recommend it

Very good, great professional guide. Note that more than half of the excursion we spoke Spanish.