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From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip

1. 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

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 Full-Day Trip with Driver

3. 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.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Day Tour by Bus & Boat

4. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Day Tour by Bus & Boat

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: Private Tour to Ayutthaya & Summer Palace

5. 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.

From Bangkok: Bang Pa-In Palace & Ayutthaya Private Trip

6. From Bangkok: Bang Pa-In Palace & Ayutthaya Private Trip

Pick up from hotel in Bangkok at 08:00 a.m. Transfer by private a/c vehicle to visit Bang Pa-In Summer Palace in Ayutthaya province (drive about 1.5 hour). The palace was 1st built since Ayutthaya Kingdom period (1350-1767 A.D.), which later was reconstructed and used as the summer palace of Thai Kings. Cross the river to visit the amazing and beautiful Church style Buddhist temple. The design of the temple was similar to the Christian church but the function performed is for Buddhist religious function and the Buddhist monk resides there. The temple is located on the island besides Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace which we have to walk and cross the river by the cable cart. Continue driving to Ayutthaya Historical Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) On board the private boat and sailing along the river of Kings (Chao Phraya River) for about 1 hour. The boat will bring us tour around Ayutthaya Historical Park. Have an included Thai boat noodle at the local restaurant. Visit Wat Mahathat of Ayutthaya. The famous historical temple where you can see the head of Buddha image inside the tree root as the highlight together with the remain of the temple architecture of the temple. The temple was first built in the late 14th century as the Centre of all temples in Ayutthaya which been used for important religious ceremonies and was the residence of the supreme monk patriarch. Visit Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the former residence and royal chapel of the Kings in Ayutthaya period (1350-1767 A.D.). This historical site was the prototype of Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha in Bangkok. Visit Wiharn Mongkol Bophit where you can view the great golden sitting Buddha image. Observe the Thai culture respecting the Buddha image. Then walk to the local market where you can buy the souvenirs and local desserts and drink before return to hotel in Bangkok by private a/c vehicle. Remarks : Please dress properly when visit the Palace. Sleeveless shirts, shorts, legging (tight) or ripped pants and scarfs are NOT allowed.

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What people are saying about Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

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4.4 / 5

based on 2,621 reviews

Super recommended experience! Both the temples and the floating market are absolutely worth a day visit. Well organized tour, the guide is very professional and tells many interesting anecdotes to better understand Thai culture. Excellent value for money

Jintana is amazing! She knows a lot about Thai history and makes the trip fun with jokes and pop quizzes. The winner gets extra snacks! The van is okay but very very hot at the sites, so bring a fan or something to cool you down.

We had a private tour in German with Pu (Paul). It was a wonderful, fun day with lots of interesting information. Collection and organization worked great. Very clear recommendation and many thanks to Pu (Paul).

Very enjoyable and interesting tour to the old capital city of Siam. Not as busy and hectic as Bangkok. :) Very attentive, helpful and informative tour guide Mook. Great day.

Really interesting stops, excellent tour guide and we'll run.