Day trips from Bangkok

Authentic Ayutthaya Tour

  • Full-Day Tour
  • Private Tour

Highlights

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.

What to Expect

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.

Your Itinerary

  • You will be met by your guide in the hotel lobby and transported 76 kilometres north to Ayutthaya, once one of Indochina’s most prosperous cities. En route we will stop at the former royal summer residence of the Bang-Pa-In Palace, located just outside of Ayutthaya.
  • Your first destination in Ayutthaya is one of its most famous structures, Wat Yai Chaimongkon, which appears on many photos and tourist brochures. It lies just outside of the city island and is a working monastery today, renowned for its Buddha images adorned in saffron robes.

    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.

  • Your tour will then continue to the Ayutthaya Ancient Palace, originally built by King U-Thong in the 14th century and expanded over successive years. Explore Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit, once renowned for its bronze cast Buddha image and Wat Phra Si Sanphet, considered the most important temple within the Royal Palace compound. Take note of its Ceylonese-style pagodas, built in the 15th century to enshrine the ashes of Ayutthayan kings.
  • You will then embark on a sightseeing tour throughout the inner city, witnessing some of Ayutthaya’s most magnificent temples, including Wat Mahathat, Wat Ratburana and Wat Phra Ram.
  • After lunch at one of Ayutthaya’s picturesque riverside restaurants, take some time out to feed the elephants at the Ayutthaya Elephant Camp.
  • You will travel across to the west bank of the Chao Phraya River and visit Wat Chaiwatthanaram. It is one of the most impressive ancient Buddhist monasteries in Ayutthaya, established in the Khmer-style by King Prasatthong in the early 17th century. Its architecture has been compared to that of Angkor Wat and some believe it was built to commemorate the king’s victory over Cambodia.
  • Depart Ayutthaya for the return trip to Bangkok, passing emerald rice paddies, quaint villages, and temples along the way.