Approximately 10 hours
We will drop you back at your hotel in Bangkok.
Get ready for a blast from the past! This day tour of the historic city of Ayutthaya will take you on a journey back in time to the glorious Siamese Kingdom. The fascinating ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a sight to behold, leaving you in awe of its sweeping magnificence.
Our brush with the prosperity of Ayutthaya begins at the Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, standing out among a sea of chedis with its Gothic Revival style cathedral spires. Situated on the grounds of the Summer Palace or Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, it is a royal temple is under the Dhammayut Order of Thai Theravada Buddhism. You might also want to consider checking out the Summer Palace - a rolling stretch of gardens, lakes and gorgeously colourful buildings. You can even take a quick boat tour around the ruins of Bang Pa-In and the temples on is complex if you so wish (please note, tickets for this are not included in the tour).
The Wat Phanan Choeng is up next with its Chinese Song Dynasty inspired pagoda and 19 m tall gilded statue of a seated Buddha, also known as Luang Pho Tho and believed the divine custodian of the mariners. After a brush with Gothic and Chinese influences, it’s time for some display of authentic Khmer traditions at the Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon - a temple complex dedicated not just to Lord Buddha but also to King Naresuan. The temple is believed to have been established to celebrate the victory of King Naresuan over the Burmese and houses a mammoth reclining statue of Buddha. Not only that, it also housed the monks, known as Pa Kaeo Sect, who returned to Siam post completing their education under PhraVanarat Maha Thera in Ceylon.
Before we embark on the second half of this antique sojourn, we will take a short break and get a taste of a section of the modern Thai society at Ayothaya floating market. Wrapped in an enchanting frenzy, floating markets are not just one of the biggest highlights of Bangkok but also one of the truest faces of its culture. Interact with locals, enjoy a sumptuous lunch of Thai delicacies and soak in the overflowing warmth of the local Thai citizens - it’s an experience that will satiate your heart and soul. Do not forget to pick up some delightful souvenirs for your loved ones back home!
After this charming little session, we will dive back into the pages of history and visit Ayutthaya Historical Park - a stunning stretch of ruins that includes some of the most popular monasteries in the area. Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is up first, the holiest and arguably the most spectacular temple of its time, used only for royal ceremonies. Next up is one of the most important sites for Theravada Buddhism, the Wat Phra Mahathat. Dating back to the early 13th century, it is believed to be housing a tooth of Lord Buddha and has become a prominent pilgrimage spot for Buddhists around the world. Out ultimate stop for the day is one of most popular monasteries in Ayutthaya, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, built in the celebrated Khmer style. Literally translated, the name means “the Temple of long reign and glorious era”, indicating the immense prosperity of the Siamese kingdom at that time.
Having indulged our inner traveller to a gargantuan dose of wanderlust and personalised experiences, we will return you comfortably back to Bangkok in a private car. As you head back to your hotel, delight yourself reminiscing about the wonderful day you had getting closer to the magical Land of Smiles. We promise it will be one of the most unforgettable days of your life!
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