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The ruined island city-state of Ayutthaya—the once great capital of the Kingdom of Siam toppled by the Burmese in the 18th century—is now a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lying at the confluence of three rivers north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya Historical Park protects magnificent crumbling stone temple spires, sun-worn Buddha statues, and other remnants of the three palaces, 400 temples, houses, and markets that thrived in Ayutthaya’s heyday.
 
The Basics
Ayutthaya’s ruined temples and statues—interspersed around and within the present-day town—are easily visited on foot or by bike, though biking is by far the most popular option. Many half- and full-day walking, biking, and bus tours visit Ayutthaya, and you can even book a full-day bike tour departing from Bangkok. Most tours visit the following top sights: Wat Phutthaisawan, St Joseph’s Church, and the Ayutthaya Historical Park’s Wat Phra Sri Sanphet (the model for the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok), Viharn Phra Mongkol Bophit (home of Thailand’s largest bronze Buddha), Wat Mahathat (featuring the famous Buddha head wrapped in tree roots), and Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Sites farther afield, such as the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace are sometimes also included on tours.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is an entrance fee to enter the Ayutthaya Historical Park.
  • Most visitors spend at least a half-day exploring the vast, 715-acre (289-hectare) city site.
  • If biking, note that traffic lights are missing from some intersections—be sure to look both ways, and always assume cars and trucks have the right of way.
  • The ruined temples are still considered sacred. To be respectful, wear long pants or skirts, show no bare shoulders, and always remove shoes before entering a temple building.
 
How to Get There
Ayutthaya is 47 miles (76 kilometers) north of Bangkok, about an hour’s drive from downtown. Ayutthaya Historical Park, home to four of the most popular temples as well as the Royal Palace at Wiharn Phra Mongkol Bophit, is located in the center of the present-day city. Other archaeological sites are sprinkled around the island of Ayutthaya.

When to Get There
November to February, when Ayutthaya is cool and dry, is the best time to visit—though it’s also Thailand’s busiest. If you can, come during Loi Krathong, a November Thai holiday that involves ornate hanging lanterns, markets, music, and cultural performances spread over three days. No matter the time of year, visit in early morning to beat the crowds and maximize your time.

Ancient Artifacts in Ayutthaya
The Chao Sam Phraya National Museum houses almost all of the remaining artifacts uncovered during archaeological excavations of the former kingdom. This is a great place to learn about the history and culture of the area and the people who lived here centuries ago.
Address: Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya Province, Thailand
Hours: Open daily
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Half-Day Ayutthaya City Cultural Bike Tour

Half-Day Ayutthaya City Cultural Bike Tour

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Explore the must-see destination of Ayutthaya by bicycle — a great way to get around the ancient capital of Siam, especially when you have limited time. This half-day bike tour departs in the morning or afternoon for community markets and temple ruins, including the Historic City of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about Thailand’s royal history dating back hundreds of years.
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  • 4 hours
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$43.66
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Private Excursion to Floating Market and Ayutthaya World Heritage Site

Private Excursion to Floating Market and Ayutthaya World Heritage Site

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Benefit from personalized attention on this private tour of Ayutthaya and the Damnoensaduak Floating Market. You can take your time exploring in the company of your dedicated guide, learning about the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya through commentary tailored to your interests. Step aboard a longtail boat for a tour of the floating market, where you can see local residents going about their daily life.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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$193.17
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Ayutthaya Historical Park Small Group Tour

Ayutthaya Historical Park Small Group Tour

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A historic capital first built in the 14th century, Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must for many. Say goodbye to long, stressful bus journeys on this convenient small-group guided tour. See Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, the summer home of Thai kings, explore the ruins of ancient Ayutthaya, and opt to visit the Ayothaya Floating Market & Elephant Village. All entrance fees are at your own expense.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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$40.00
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Full-Day Private Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In Summer Palace from Bangkok

Full-Day Private Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In Summer Palace from Bangkok

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The Siamese capital of Ayutthaya is one of Thailand’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites and visiting on a private tour means you can explore the ancient marvel in your own time. This full-day tour from Bangkok combines a visit to Ayutthaya with a stop at Wat Lokayasutharam, a tour of Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, and a delicious Thai lunch at a local restaurant, and more.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$133.46
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Ayutthaya Temples Tour with River Cruise from Bangkok

Ayutthaya Temples Tour with River Cruise from Bangkok

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Visit the Ayutthaya temples on a cultural day trip from Bangkok, it's a highlight of any Thailand visit. The tour to the ancient capital of Siam includes a trip by riverboat, a must-do activity when you're in Bangkok, with close-up views of the temples and historic sites that line the Chao Phraya River
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  • 9 hours
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$67.70
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$67.70
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Ancient Temples of Ayutthaya, River Cruise with Lunch

Ancient Temples of Ayutthaya, River Cruise with Lunch

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Get a comprehensive tour of the temples at Ayutthaya in just a single day from Bangkok. Learn about the buildings’ use as the summer palace by the Siamese kings through guided commentary and have plenty of chances to take photos. Hop aboard a riverboat on the River of Kings for a leisurely float accompanied by a buffet lunch. Round-trip transportation from Bangkok means no need to rent a car or figure out directions.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.95
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Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour from Bangkok with Grand Pearl River Cruise

Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour from Bangkok with Grand Pearl River Cruise

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The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya is a must-visit day trip destination from Bangkok. This tour is the easy way to get there as you won’t have to worry about catching a bus on your own. You’ll spend a whole day touring the archaeological sites, palaces, and temples of the former capital of Thailand. The tour includes a delicious lunch and a river cruise back to Bangkok.
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  • 10 hours
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$90.72
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Ayutthaya Ancient Temples Tour from Bangkok (Multi Languages)

Ayutthaya Ancient Temples Tour from Bangkok (Multi Languages)

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The ruined city of Ayutthaya was once the most important and powerful place in Thailand. Travelers interested in Thai culture and history, as well as Buddhism, will love this day tour. Visit some of Ayutthaya’s must-see sights, including temples, palaces, and enormous Buddha statues. This organized tour is an easy way to visit Ayutthaya, as it will save you the hassle of catching buses or trains.
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  • 10 hours
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$41.09
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Full-Day Tour to Ayutthaya from Bangkok, Including Lunch Cruise Return Trip

Full-Day Tour to Ayutthaya from Bangkok, Including Lunch Cruise Return Trip

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Discover the royal capital of ancient Siam on a full-day trip to Ayutthaya, and return to Bangkok aboard a luxurious Chao Phraya riverboat. Wander the manicured grounds of the King’s Summer Palace, explore the weathered stone temples of the ruined city and encounter silk-draped Buddhas, elegant chedis and towering Banyan trees. Learn the dramatic history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, then step onto an air-conditioned riverboat to enjoy a traditional buffet and travel the tranquil ‘River of Kings’ back into the bustling heart of Bangkok.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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$105.36
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Private Tour: Full Day Ancient City of Ayutthaya and Lopburi

Private Tour: Full Day Ancient City of Ayutthaya and Lopburi

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Instead of joining a crowded bus tour and rushing from one ruin to the next, give yourself the opportunity to really experience the quiet and tranquility of some of Thailand’s significant historical and religious sites on this full-day private tour. Visit these sites with only your guide and the people you’re traveling with, marveling at the ancient Khmer temples and Buddha statues on display. In particular, explore the numerous significant temples that are still standing in Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • 9 hours
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$193.17
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$193.17
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Private Excursion to Ayutthaya with Boat Tour

Private Excursion to Ayutthaya with Boat Tour

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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya on a full-day private tour from Bangkok. Visit three historic Buddhist temples, stroll through the local market, and learn about Thailand’s culture and history from your informative guide. This tour is also inclusive of a boat tour around the island of Ayutthaya and delicious Thai desserts.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$140.40
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$140.40
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Private Ayutthaya Day Tour to Historical Temples and Boat Ride

Private Ayutthaya Day Tour to Historical Temples and Boat Ride

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From Bangkok to Ayutthaya, we will show you around this famous ancient city and get you to experience Thai culture and the local people.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$159.80
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$159.80
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Best of Ayutthaya : 5 UNESCO temple group tour

Best of Ayutthaya : 5 UNESCO temple group tour

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Get a comprehensive tour of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand, on this full-day tour from Bangkok. With round-trip transportation provided, you won't have to worry about driving or directions and can relax or take in the scenery. Learn about the 417-year reign that Ayutthaya had as the centre of politics and culture in Thailand through guided commentary during your temple visits, where you'll see a mixture of Khmer and Sukhothai architecture. - Round-trip transportation from Bangkok in air-conditioned comfort - Lunch at famous Ayutthaya restaurant - Entrance fees to tall temples - Included Convenient hotel pickup and drop-off in Bangkok
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$69.75
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Ayutthaya Ancient City Tour from Bangkok with Grand Pearl River Cruise & Lunch

Ayutthaya Ancient City Tour from Bangkok with Grand Pearl River Cruise & Lunch

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Discover the rich history, fascinating architecture, and iconic buildings of Ayutthaya, an ancient royal capital. Visit the former royal residence at Bang Pa-In Palace, marvel at the Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet temples, and cruise the waters of Chao Phraya River while enjoying a delicious lunch. - Full day exploring UNESCO-listed former capital of Ayutthaya - Ancient Buddha statue encased in a tree at Wat Mahathat - Former Thai royal summer residence at Bang Pa-In Palace - Visit to the historic ancient temple of Wat Phra Sri Sanphet - Delicious buffet lunch on a boat along Chayo Praya River
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.72
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Private Tour: Ayutthaya Day Trip from Bangkok

Private Tour: Ayutthaya Day Trip from Bangkok

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Visit enthralling temple ruins in the Historic City of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on this private day trip from Bangkok. Travel with your own personal guide to the ancient Thai capital. This full-day itinerary packs in culture and cuisine, including lunch on a docked rice barge and traditional food tastings of local specialties. Round-trip hotel transport by air-conditioned minivan is included.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$206.69
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Ayutthaya by Grand Pearl River Cruise from Bangkok with Lunch on Board

Ayutthaya by Grand Pearl River Cruise from Bangkok with Lunch on Board

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Get a comprehensive tour of Ayutthaya in a single day from Bangkok, including round-trip transportation. Travel in an air-conditioned vehicle means no need to rent a car; on the way back, you'll travel via relaxing river cruise on the Chao Phraya River. Highlights include Chai Wattanaram, Wat Phrasrisanphet, the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, and riverside sights in Bangkok on return cruise.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.75
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$90.75
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From Bangkok : Ancient Ayutthaya Day Trip with Private Driver & Guide

From Bangkok : Ancient Ayutthaya Day Trip with Private Driver & Guide

Enjoy the services of a private driver on a day trip to Ayutthaya, the old capital of Thailand. Marvel at the historic temples and ancient palaces. • Explore the former capital of Thailand with a private driver • Visit the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace en route to Ayutthaya • See the face of Buddha on a tree at Wat Mahathat
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  • 9 hours
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$133.34
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$133.34
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Bangkok Floating Market & Ayutthaya by Road

Bangkok Floating Market & Ayutthaya by Road

Visit two of Bangkok's top cultural attractions—the Damneon Saduak Floating Market and Ayutthaya—on this full-day tour from Bangkok. You'll be able to immerse yourself in Thai culture and cuisine through guided commentary and tastes of the many Thai specialties available there. Food tastes include tom yum, mango sticky rice, tropical fruit, and coconut sugar candy. - Ride a long tail boat to Damnoen Saduak floating market - Marvel at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and the royal palace grounds - Journey to Wat Mahathat, one of the oldest and most significant temples - Transportation via comfortable air-conditioned vehicle - Convenient pickup and drop-off in Bangkok - Learn about Thai culture and cuisine through guided commentary.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.42
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$102.42
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Sunset Selfie Boat Ride @

Sunset Selfie Boat Ride @ "Ayutthaya" - A World Heritage Evening Trip

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Begin your heritage tour with a convenient van waiting to pick you up at Phaya Thai BTS station, Exit Gate Number -01 (Phaya Thai Plaza) at 03:00 PM. Our Van will drive you through scenic Bangkok to cultural city of Ayutthaya, Seat comfortably and enjoy an audio commentary of the place see the scenic view of Bangkok and slowly hovering around busy city we will move towards an ancient capital with 400 landmark temple and breathtaking beauty of ancient ruins. This is going to be a lifetime experience to see beauty of existing capital and ancient capital of Siam together.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.86
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Bangkok Floating Market and Ayutthaya by Road

Bangkok Floating Market and Ayutthaya by Road

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Visit two of Bangkok's top cultural attractions—the Damneon Saduak Floating Market and Ayutthaya—on this full-day tour from Bangkok. You'll be able to immerse yourself in Thai culture and cuisine through guided commentary and tastes of the many Thai specialties available there. Food tastes include tom yum, mango sticky rice, tropical fruit, and coconut sugar candy. - Ride a long tail boat to Damnoen Saduak floating market - Marvel at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and the royal palace grounds - Journey to Wat Mahathat, one of the oldest and most significant temples - Transportation via comfortable air-conditioned vehicle - Convenient pickup and drop-off in Bangkok - Learn about Thai culture and cuisine through guided commentary.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$102.45
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$102.45
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Ayutthaya Full Day Coach Tour from Bangkok

Ayutthaya Full Day Coach Tour from Bangkok

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Discover the ruins of an ancient Siamese city on a full-day coach tour of Ayutthaya from Bangkok. Walk the elegant grounds of the Kings’ Summer Palace, explore a maze of towering chedis and encounter a mysterious Buddha’s head wrapped in the roots of a Banyan tree. Get a taste of Thailand’s vivid present at an Ayutthaya restaurant and learn the stories that haunt this former capitol, whose rambling temples and magnificent stupas are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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$125.56
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Bang Pa-In Summer Palace and Ayutthaya ruins (Join group)- Day trip

Bang Pa-In Summer Palace and Ayutthaya ruins (Join group)- Day trip

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A day trip that combines a visit to the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace and the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya is the perfect way to for history buffs to fit in two of Thailand’s important cultural attractions in one day. While the complexities of the ancient civilization and Thailand’s tumultuous history are overlooked by many visitors, with a guided tour you can learn the stories behind the sites.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.88
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Ayutthaya Sunset Selfie Boat Ride - A World Heritage Evening Trip

Ayutthaya Sunset Selfie Boat Ride - A World Heritage Evening Trip

Begin your heritage tour with a convenient van waiting to pick you up at Phaya Thai BTS station, Exit Gate Number -01 (Phaya Thai Plaza) at 03:00 PM. Our Van will drive you through scenic Bangkok to cultural city of Ayutthaya, Seat comfortably and enjoy an audio commentary of the place see the scenic view of Bangkok and slowly hovering around busy city we will move towards an ancient capital with 400 landmark temple and breathtaking beauty of ancient ruins. This is going to be a lifetime experience to see beauty of existing capital and ancient capital of Siam together.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$84.89
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$84.89
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Ayutthaya Ancient Temples Tour from Bangkok by Road (Multi Languages)

Ayutthaya Ancient Temples Tour from Bangkok by Road (Multi Languages)

Escape Bangkok for the day and journey to the Ancient city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. Visit UNESCO-listed temples which contains important artifacts from the kingdom's 417-year history. - Take a daytrip to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand - Visit the remarkable Bang Pa-In Summer Palace - Explore ancient ruins of monasteries, Buddhist temples and palaces - Marvel at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and the royal palace grounds - Journey to Wat Mahathat, one of the oldest and most significant temples
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.68
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$52.68
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Ayutthaya hours of operation?
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Ayutthaya hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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