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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 Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip

2. 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: Ayutthaya & Ayothaya Floating Market Day Trip

3. 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 Day Tour by Bus with River Cruise

4. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Day Tour by Bus with River Cruise

Embark on a day tour to Ayutthaya by bus and boat. See the ancient capital of Siam and its many temples and historic monuments. Depart from River City Bangkok onboard a luxury boat for a cruise down the Chao Phraya River. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the river with the morning atmosphere on the upper deck passing by the Temple of Dawn and The Grand Palace. Enjoy a Thai and international buffet lunch on board. After the cruise, board a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and travel to Ayutthaya province. First, stop to see Wat Lokayasutharam. This temple is known for its giant reclining buddha. Continue to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, which is part of the royal palace complex. It is considered the most important temple of Ayutthaya. Next, visit Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya, one of the oldest of its kind in the province. Fnish 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. Then, hop back on the bus for your transfer back to Bangkok.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Full-Day Trip with Driver

5. 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.

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: Floating Market and Ayutthaya Tour in Spanish

7. 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

8. 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 in a Day: Must-Visit Highlights Tour with a Guide

9. Bangkok in a Day: Must-Visit Highlights Tour with a Guide

Explore the top sights in Bangkok on this day trip. Visit the Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun, and take a stroll through the vibrant and bustling old market in Chinatown. Cross the Chao Phraya River on a boat ride. Begin your 7-hour tour with a pick-up from the main lobby of your hotel in Bangkok at 08:00 AM. Then, visit the Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha, the former residence of the kings of Thailand since 1782, by local public transport. Learn about Thai history and culture from your personal tour guide. After the Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha, continue to Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha where you can marvel at the great Reclining Buddha. Cross the magnificent Chao Phraya River by public boat to visit Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn. It is one of the must-visit landmarks in Bangkok where you can spot its famous giant tower, standing 70 meters high. Have an optional Thai lunch at the local restaurant before transferring to Chinatown by subway train. Explore Chinatown and the old market to observe the local way of life. Your journey will end with a return transfer to your hotel in Bangkok. Instead of using public transport, you can select the option to have a private air-conditioned car for your trip. There is also the option to book a private canal tour in Bangkok by long-tail boat for approximately 1 hour.

Ayutthaya City and Historical Park Bike Tour

10. Ayutthaya City and Historical Park Bike Tour

Get acquainted with a former capital of Thailand on a bike tour of Ayutthaya. Discover the ruins of Pom Phet on the old city walls to get a sense of what ancient travelers felt when they arrived at the Kingdom of Siam. Pedal through local neighborhoods and pass vendors selling roti sai mai, a delicious dessert of threads of palm sugar wrapped in a round of unleavened bread. Experience the peace of Somdet Phra Srinakarinda Park as you cycle to Chedi Phra Si Suriyothai, and then continue along the banks of the river to discover a Muslim community that makes hand-woven mobiles from palm leaves. Enter Ayutthaya Historical Park to look at the ruins of old temples. Stop at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet in the grounds of the Royal Palace, and take souvenir photos of the famous Buddha statue at Wat Mahathat. Experience the hustle and bustle of Chao Phrom Market, known for its amulet shops and food stalls. Take the ferry across the Pasak River and cycle back to the starting point.

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What people are saying about Ayutthaya

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4.6 / 5

based on 4,595 reviews

We really enjoyed this day trip from Bangkok and would highly recommend it. It’s a nice break from the bustling city of Bangkok, and tour the ancient city with all the historical sites. We had an excellent tour guide, Nina. She was warm, friendly, and easy going - she provided excellent context and Thai history before our visit, provided thoughtful suggestions on how to best structure the day. We spent the right amount of time at each site, and Nina pointed out all the beautiful picture spots (and patiently took a ton of pictures for us). We are a family of four, so we paid a little extra to do this as a private tour, which I would highly recommend!

Everything was good, the market was very quiet as it was a weekday. Ancient City was beautiful and the guide provided a lot of information. We returned to Bangkok about 5:30pm

Great tour, very informative. The tour guide (Jo) was excellent! She was polite, friendly,approachable, and seems to have good knowledge of the place and the history.

Guia Kiwi muito animada e espirituosa. ótima fotógrafa também! passeio leve, divertido e informativo.

Very well organized and punctual pick up at the hotel.