Spend a day exploring the architectural wonders of Ayutthaya – the ancient capital of Siam which is scattered with temples, monasteries and palaces dating back to 1350AD. Its former grandeur is vividly displayed in its magnificent ruins, concentrated around the island city of the Chao Phraya, Pa Sak and Lop Buri Rivers. Let your local guide take you on a fascinating tour to discover the rich history and elaborate architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After being picked up from your Bangkok hotel, we will travel north towards the city of Ayutthaya, stopping at the Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace along the way to witness its blending of Thai, Chinese and European architectural styles. Then explore the photogenic working monastery of Wat Yai Chaimongkon before continuing to the Ayutthaya Historical Park itself. Take a guided tour through some of its most impressive temples and ancient palaces to discover the fascinating history of this former Siam capital and enjoy a relaxing lunch at a riverside restaurant. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to witness the grand Khmer-style monastery at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, often noted for its similarity to Angkor Wat.
Then continue to the Ayutthaya Historical Park and one of its local museums. On Mondays and Tuesdays we visit the Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre, while on Wednesdays through to Sunday we visit the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum.