all-encompassing Ayutthaya temple tour with river cruise and lunch for a look
back at Thailand’s eventful past!
For those who are
intrigued to know about Ayutthaya, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, placed
about 80 kilometers north of Bangkok. Once the capital of the country, it
remained the administrative seat of Siamese Kingdom from 14th
century to 18th century. In fact, it thrived for more than 400 years
until it was invaded by the Burmese in 1767. Al though most of its
architectural treasures and records on account of dynasties were destroyed
during the battle, the place still retains its unique charm and provides
visitors a glance of the region’s former grandeur through its well-preserved
On this tour joined by
a knowledgeable guide, you’ll survey some the ancient splendors that make up
this timeless place, now referred to as the Ayutthaya Historical Park. Nestled
on a tranquil island and encircled by three rivers, it consists of the remnants
of several ancient temples as well as palaces, with majority of them cloaked in
mystery and legends.
Among the unmissable
highlights are Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol,
comprising images of Buddha covered in bright yellow fabric; Wat Lokayasutharam, whose major
attraction is a massive sculpture of Buddha in reclining posture; Wat Ratchaburana which is believed to
have been erected on the site where the sons of King Intharachathirat died
following the war for throne; Viharn
Phra Mongkol Bophit that more or less replicates Bangkok’s Grand Palace;
and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet where the ashes of Ayutthaya kings are
enshrined in three stupas.
Most of all, there is
Wat Maha That or the Monastery of the Great Relic. With its design representing
ancient Khmer architecture, it used to be Ayutthaya’s most significant
religious center. Apart from leaning prangs, one of its most distinguished
features is the head of a Buddha statue interweaved in the roots of a banyan
tree, thus exposing its face alone.
As part of this tour,
you’ll also visit the illustrious Bang Pa-In Palace, which once served as the
summer retreat of Siamese royals. Mesmerizingly set over a sprawling waterfront
park, it boasts of several spectacular structures that reflect Thai and Gothic
styles. Another highlight of this tour is a cruise along Chao Phraya River,
allowing you to experience the views around Ayutthaya from a distinct vantage
point. A traditional Thai buffet lunch is also included.