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Bangkok Ayutthaya Sightseeing Tours. The Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya or Ayutthaya in short, is one of Thailand’s historical and majestic highlights.
It served as the Thai capital for 417 years (1350 1767: Kingdom of Ayutthaya), it was once glorified as one of the biggest cities in the world a Southeast Asia center for civilizations. During the 17th century, most foreign visitors to Ayutthaya, traders or diplomats alike, claimed Ayutthaya to be the most illustrious and glittering city that they haacd ever visited.
The map of Ayutthaya published in 1691 by Simon de la Loubre in Du Royaume De Siam is proof of such recognition.
Today, there are but groups of crumbling ruins and rows of headless Buddhas where once an empire thrived.
The temple compounds are still awe-inspiring even in disrepair and a visit here is memorable and a good beginning for those drawn to the relics of history.
The architecture of Ayutthaya is a fascinating mix of Khmer (ancient Cambodian style) and early Sukhothai style.
Some cactus-shaped obelisks, called prangs, denote Khmer influence and look something like the famous towers of Angkor Wat. The more pointed stupas are ascribed to the Sukhothai influence.
For new arrivals who had limited their visit to Bangkok, similarities may be noted with the riverside Wat Arun, an 18th-century structure that was built in the so-called Ayutthaya style, a melding of Sukhothai Buddhist influences and Hindu-inspired.
Bangkok – Ayutthaya Sightseeing Tours Temples Bang Pa In (Summer Palace)
|06.15 – 07.30||Meet our staff in your hotel’s lobby. Depart for Ayutthaya By AC Bus.|
|07.30||When the group is ready, we head north to Ayutthaya, the 2nd capital of Siam, renowned for past relics and ancient temple ruins.|
|09.30||Arrive in Ayutthaya and visit Wat Phu Khao Thong, a huge white-grey landmark with an amazing Mon-style chedi on top of the monument. You can see panoramic view of the vast rice field on top.|
|10.30||Onward to Wat Lokaya Sutha, once a massive temple complex as we can witness from the temple ruins. Here, see the largest reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya with 8 meters high and 42 meters long, lying in the open field.|
|11.30||Visit Wat Mahathat, a classic temple ruin of Ayutthaya and famous for the picturesque Buddha head engulfed by the Bodhi tree roots. The foundation size and the remaining prangs and towers attest the significance during its time.|
|12.00||Lunch will be provide at riverside restaurant.|
|13.30||Continue to Ayutthaya Historical Park to visit the famous Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, one of the most important historical sites during Ayothaya Period. It was the former royal temple, lying inside the grand palace compound. Nearby walk to the Viharn Phra Mongkolbopit, a beautifully decorated sanctuary that houses a large bronze cast Buddha image originally enshrined in the open area outside the Grand Palace and later covered by a building in the reign of King Songtham.|
|14.30||In the afternoon, visit the famous Summer Palace of Bang Pa-In. The palace was originally used by the royal family as a summer retreat during Ayutthaya Period. It was destroyed during the downfall of Ayutthaya and was restored by the fourth king of of Rattanakosin Kingdom (current Chakri Dynasty of Thailand). Inside the palace, there are many impressive buildings and gardens, derived from the East and West cultures.|
|16.00||Depart from the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace and return to Bangkok.|
|17.30 – 18.30||Drop off at the hotel in Bangkok.|
|Please Note||The itinerary and timing above are approximate and may be modified without notice to fit the tide and local weather conditions.|
Dress Code for Bang Pa In (Summer Palace)
- Shorts, mini-skirts, short skirts, tight fitting trousers, as well as tights can not be worn as outer garments.
- See-through shirts and blouses, as well as culotters or quarter length trousers can not be worn.
- Sleeveless shirts or vests can not be worn as outer garments.
- Sandles (without ankle or heel straps) can not be worn.
- All shirt sleeves, whether long or short, can not be rolled up.
- Sweat shirts and sweat pants, wind-cheaters, pajamas and fisherman trousers can not be worn
Pick up from Bangkok (in the area)
Child (3-11 years)
Transfer Pick up area
- Asoke, Charoen Krung Road Soi 1-70, Chidlom, Chinatown, Khaosan Road, Pathumwan. Phayathai, Ploenchit, Pomprab, Pratunam, Petchburi Road from Soi 1 to Avani Atrium, Phranakorn, Ratchathewi, Silom, Sathorn, Siam Square, Sukhumvit Soi 1-33 and Soi 2-26.
- In case your hotel is out of route, we will suggest a meeting point and pick up time at the time of confirmation.