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Divine Dazzlers: A Tour through the Enigmatic Spirituality in Ayutthaya

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily

  • Duration

    Approximately 9 hours 30 minutes

  • Start time

    7am

  • Meeting Point

    Make your way to MRT Station (Chatuchak Park) or BTS Station (Mo Chit).

  • Ending Point

    Same as start point.

Key Highlights

  • Treat your soul with the spiritual opulence of the historic Siamese Kingdom
  • Feast your eyes on the architectural marvels of the monasteries, from Wat Phanan Choeng to Wat Na Phra Men
  • Admire the fascinating heritage of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy interacting with and feeding the gentle elephants at Wang Chang Ayutthaya
  • Smartphone voucher accepted – no need to print!

Overview

As much as it is a historical dream, Ayutthaya is also a vision in spirituality. This tour through the gigantic yet absolutely breath taking monasteries bespeckling the entire UNESCO World Heritage Site will inspire a reverence and enrich your souls like never before!

Covering more than six integral stops, this encounter with Siamese spirituality begins at the enigmatic Wat Phanan Choeng - a Buddhist monastery which clearly displays the influence of the Chinese Song Dynasty. Housing Luang Pho Tho, a 19 m tall gilded statue of a seated Buddha who is believed to be the guardian of mariners, the temple dates back to the early 2nd century and is a sight to behold with its incredible carvings.

Next up is Wat Na Phra Meru or Wat Na Phra Men, also known as the Monastery in Front of the Funeral Pyre. As the name suggests, it was the site for royal cremations and spiritual ceremonies and houses two stunning Buddha statues, the Phra Phuttha Nimit and the Phra Khan Thavarat. Wat Phra Mongkhon Bophit or the Buddha of the Holy and Supremely Auspicious Reverence is where we will stop next. Known for its gargantuan 17 m high, bronze gilded statue of a seated Buddha, this too was a seat of royal cremations and holy ceremonies.

Once you have soaked in the divine milieu enveloping Ayutthaya, it’s time to take a break and indulge in something different. We will take you on a small walk around the historical ruins of the city wherein you can admire the enchanting ruins of the innumerable palaces and temples and their gorgeous architecture. But don’t get too serious because we have a fun session of interacting with the elephants at Wang Chang Ayutthaya lined up for you! You can feed them, take a ride, and just absolutely fall in love with these gentle creatures. Honestly, how can one not like them?

After a quick lunch of local delicacies at Bend market, we will head back to your tour through the sacred landmarks of Ayutthaya, landing back at the beautiful Bang Pa-in Royal Palace. Originally constructed in the 17th century, it is a sight to behold with its vibrantly colourful lookout tower, Ho Withun Thasana, and Chinese-style throne room. Our final stop for the day is the intriguing Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, a Dhammayut Order monastery, making a statement with its Gothic style cathedral towers. This temple is a token of the modernisation of Siam and makes for a perfect ending to our tour as well, taking you on a sojourn through the ages.

Inclusions

  • Transportation fares (Your rides are on us)
  • Admission fees (All the passes into history lined up for you)
  • Meals (How is any tour ever complete without these?)

Exclusions

  • Drinks (A slightly tipsy territory, we think)

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