Full Day Tour to Ancient Ayutthaya from Bangkok with River Cruise

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Discover the Historic City of Ayutthaya, ancient capital of Thailand. Explore the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace and visit some of the most important temples around Thailand, including the Wat Mahathat ruins. After sightseeing, enjoy a buffet lunch cruise down Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok.


Visit the Historic City of Ayutthaya and discover the proud and powerful kingdom that was the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Located by the Chao Phraya River, this UNESCO World Heritage listed site is rich in history, featuring ruins of fabulous ornate structures that will give you insight into the 4 centuries when the Kings of Ayutthaya ruled.

See the temples and ruins of the old city as you drive around this ancient capital by coach. Stop to visit the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace complex, summer palace of the current ruling dynasty. Tour the vast palace grounds with your guide and see some of the most important buildings. Explore on your own, walking around the gardens amidst all the impressive architecture, before the group leaves the palace.

Visit Wat Mahathat where you will be free to explore and take pictures among the ancient ruins. See the Buddha head in the tree roots - one of the most iconic images of Thailand.

After the sightseeing tour around Ayutthaya, the coach will travel about an hour to the Wat Chong-Lom Pier where we will board a cruise boat. Feast on buffet lunch featuring cuisine from around the world as you float along the Chao Phraya River. Experience the typical Thai water-borne life and admire the scenery along the way before arriving at the River City Pier.

Dress Code

  • No sleeveless shirts and shorts

  • No short skirts

  • No flip flops


  • Lunch

  • Admission

  • Cruise fee

  • English-speaking guide
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Ancient Ayutthaya and River Cruise Tour in English
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Duration: 8 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Lunch / Admission / Cruise fee / English-speaking guide

Very good the guide and very good Ayuttaya and the river cruise.


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  • 07:00

    Pick-up from Select Hotels from Bangkok

  • Bang Pa-In Summer Palace

    Bang Pa-In Royal Palace is a palace complex, still occasionally used by Thai kings. See the alluring combination between Thai, Chinese and even Western influences. The Aisawan Thiphya (floating pavilion) is a particularly lovely example of Thai architecture.

  • Ayutthaya

    See the ancient temples, stripped of their color by the elements but still powerful reminders of the Kingdom of Siam. At Wat Mahathat you can see Buddhist statues being overtaken by the trees, and see the lined Buddhas of Wat Na Phra Men.

  • River Cruise with Lunch

    Enjoy a scrumptious international buffet while aboard a cruise on your way back to Bangkok, and get a view of the Royal Palace and Wat Arun from the water.

  • 15:00

    Drop off at Select Hotels from Bangkok

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Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • No sleeveless, collarless shirts or T-shirts

  • No short pants

  • No mini skirts

  • No flip-flops

Requirement(s) - Others
  • Please call the activity provider the day before to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.

Additional Note(s)
  • Children below 2 years old are free of charge.

  • Departure times are estimates only and may be an hour earlier or later. The tour operator will contact you regarding actual pick-up time depending on your hotel.

  • As you are visiting religious sites, please dress modestly.

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Very good the guide and very good Ayuttaya and the river cruise.


I only had one full day free for sightseeing and the full day Ayutthaya up by road and back by boat was a great option for me. You... can never go wrong with a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We stopped at some temples (you can see a lot of the ruins just from driving around the coach) but I liked the Wat Mahathat visit the best since we got to explore on our own. The cruise back and the waiting buffet lunch was very welcome after a full morning. The cruise was a bit too long but you can just hang out at the top deck see a lot of Bangkok landmarks along the way. more


Collection and drop off from my hotel was great, van was very clean and the driver very polite.
The bus which was used for...
the tour was clean and had good air conditioning. There was a toilet on board, but we were warned against using it.
The Summer Palace was a disappointment for me as even after my research, I wasn't dressed correctly and was not allowed in (I was wearing a floor length maxi dress with a sewn on 'shawl' like sleeve). The issue with my outfit was at the back, the shawl lifted up and you could see the shoulder straps of the dress.There was a small shopping area where appropriate clothes were being sold at a reasonable price, but as I am a larger lady, there was nothing that fitted me. I was able to buy some postcards and other souvenirs though, and the facilities were free.
The two temples we visited after were amazing. The guide (First) was very knowledgeable and provided some background details before we all wandered off to explore. There were the usual hawkers selling everything from purses to fruit. Its worth noting that at the temples you had to pay to use the facilities, about 10 baht.
There were also elephants at the second stop, but I was saddened to see chains and sharp hooks being used on them, while people blindly lined up and paid for rides.
The cruise was great, though by the time we arrived at dock to disembark, I was ready for a nap. The buffet had a good selection, plenty to go round (vegetarian options available too), with free tea and coffee, other drinks were avaliable for purchase. There was plenty of room to move about the boat, and smoking was allowed outside with the rear deck providing ash trays.
Over all, even after the disappointment of not getting to see the Summer Palace, I thoroughly enjoyed the tour.


The English pronunciation of the tour guide wasn't easy to catch. There are another tour groups with my mother tongue and oth...er language, so I guess I should take that tour. The tour guide himself was good and friendly. The course should be well explained in this tour booking, there are some other option while in the tour, it was but sad that I couldn't satiflued with the information given before the tour starts. I like the river cruise as the river was still and it was nice weather. more


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