Thailand

Historic Ayutthaya Highlights

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: All day

tour highlights

  • Explore the site of a former Thai capital
  • Visit historically significant temples and ruins
  • See Wat Sri Sanphet, the former Royal Summer Palace
  • Choose to see one of two famous temples
  • Take a boat ride and view stunning Thai architecture

tour details

A visit to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya provides a look at one of the most important landmarks in Thailand. Once prosperous Siamese kingdom, this former Thai capital is now a fascinating site of historically significant temples and ancient ruins. We’ll visit the monastery, Wat Sri Sanphet, the former Royal Summer Palace, and the large chedi at Wat Yai Chaimongkhol. You’ll have a choice of visiting either Wat Panangchoen or Wat Mahathad. Built before Ayutthaya became the capital, Wat Phananchoeng was the most revered tempe, while Wat Mahathad, with its iconic Buddha head entwined in the roots of a tree, is one of Thailand’s most photographed sites. Finally, we’ll take a boat to Bang-Pa-In, the former Royal Summer Residence, to see exquisite examples of Thai architecture.

tour description

Among the "must see" attractions in Thailand is a visit to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand situated 76 kilometers north of Bangkok. The Thai capital for 417 years, Ayutthaya is one of Thailand's major tourist attractions. Many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in the city, which was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong. 33 kings of 5 dynasties ruled the kingdom until it was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. During this day trip you will visit the principal sights: Wat Sri Sanphet - this important and outstanding monastery was used as a residential palace in the reign of King Ramathibodi I. Wat Phananchoeng or Wat Mahathad: Wat Phananchoeng existed before Ayutthaya was founded as the capital. The principal 19 metres high Buddha image is made of stucco and is the most revered by the inhabitants of Ayutthaya. Wat Mahathad with its iconic Buddha head entwined in the roots of a tree is among the most photographed sites in Ayutthaya. Built during the 14th century, the temple was an important venue for Royal ceremonies and later destroyed during the Burmese invasion in 1767, who also vandalized many Buddha images by cutting off their heads. Wat Yai Chaimongkhol: The chedi at this monastery is among the largest in Ayutthaya and was built by King Naresuan (1590-1605). There are many Buddha images and a beautiful garden behind this chedi. This tour also includes a boat trip to Bang-Pa-In, the former Royal Summer Residence, which represents a fine example of Thai architecture.

includes

Meals included: Lunch

    notes

    Note: You have the choice of visiting either Wat Panangchoen or Wat Mahathad during your site visits in Ayutthaya.
      Tour code: BKKDBAYU

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