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Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

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Combine a visit from Bangkok to Ayutthaya—the UNESCO-listed ancient capital of Siam—with a riverboat trip on the Chao Phraya River. An informative guide highlights Thailand’s fascinating history as you explore Ayutthaya temples, stone ruins and Buddha statues in the old capital of Thailand, which was ransacked by invading Burmese in the 18th century. This full-day tour includes lunch and returns you to Bangkok by boat.
  • Day trip from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, former capital of Siam
  • Riverboat cruise along the Chao Phraya River from Ayutthaya
  • See Wat Mahathat and Buddha's head entwined in tree roots
  • English-speaking licensed guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from central Bangkok hotels

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour makes an early start to ensure maximum time exploring the Ayutthaya temples.
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Admission Fees to all the temples & palace
Local English Speaking Guide
Thai & International Lunch Buffet on board
Return riverboat trip
Air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
The Departure time of the tour is 7:30 am.
The Pickup time from your hotel is between 6:30 am and 7:30 am - various depending on the location of your hotel. The exact Pickup time will be communicated to you with your booking confirmation.

Remarks: Please be aware that the pick-up for this tour is included and covers all the hotel located in the following areas: (Silom Road, Thai Cultural Centre, Phaya Thai, Huai Khang, Bang Rak, Sathorn, Surawong Road, Rajdamri Road, Ram Buttri Chana Songkhram, Luangsuan Road, Khaosan Road)
For hotel pick-ups outside of this area, an additional charge may be applied or a closer meeting point pick-up may be suggested to you by our Team upon reception of your booking.

Departure Time

7:30 AM
After hotel pickup, your vehicle makes the journey north from Bangkok to Ayutthaya Historical Park. The old capital of Thailand (aka the Kingdom of Siam) from 1350 until 1767, Ayutthaya was largely destroyed by the Burmese and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of intact temples, monasteries, palace ruins, and beheaded Buddhist statues.

On arrival, set out on foot with your knowledgeable guide who leads you to notable Ayutthaya temples and the ancient Royal Palace ruins.

Marvel at the Buddha's head resting in the tree roots overtaking Wat Mahathat and visit the well-preserved summer palace of King Rama IV with its mixture of Thai, Chinese, and Gothic architecture. All admission fees are included in the price of the tour.

Complete your full-day excursion with a riverboat lunch cruise on the Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok. Tuck into a delicious buffet lunch and enjoy views of temples lining the riverbank, such as Wat Arun, before your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Stop At:  
Bang Pa In Palace
Bang Pa-in Palace is ancient palace back to Ayutthaya era. This palace was built by King Prasart Thong and then it was rebuilt by King Mongkut after it’s abandoned for long time. The palace is divide into 2 zone one is inner zone that for royal family to use as a resting place the other zone is outer zone that open for normal people and tourist. According to Bang Pa-in Travel Guide there are a lot of place tourist can pay a visit in this palace. Hem Montein Tewa Raja Tower (King Prasart Thong Shrine). This was built in Khmer style by King Mongkut in addition to honor King Prasart Thong the one who first built this palace. Aisawan Thiphya-Asana Royal Pavilion. This royal pavilion was built by King Mongkut at the middle of palace’s basin. It is a copy of Arporn Phimok Prasart royal pavilion in Bangkok and named follow by the first royal pavilion that build by King Prasart Thong in the past.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat, “the temple of the Great Relic” was one of the most important temples in the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Located on the historical island the large monastery features a huge central prang, a very large principal viharn and ubosot and a great number of subsidiary chedis and viharns. The upper part of its once massive central prang has collapsed. Today only the base remains.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wat Na Phra Meru Rachikaram
Wat Na Phra Men or the Monastery in Front of the Funeral Pyre sometimes called Wat Na Phra Meru is located off the city island in the northern area of Ayutthaya in Tha Wasukri sub-district. The temple is located along Khlong Sra Bua and the north bank of the Khlong Mueang just opposite the ancient Grand Palace. It was registered as a National Historic Site with the Fine Arts Department on 25 February 1935.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Lokayasutharam)
Wat Lokayasutharam is situated at Pratoochai District, behind the Ancient Palace and the Pratoochai Primary School, in the area 0f Wat Worapoh (Wat Rakhang) and Wat Worachettharam. Wat Lokayasutharam is 800 meters from Wat Phra Mongkon Bophit. Wat Worachettharam and Wat Worapoh are also closeby. Nevertheless, we had quite some difficulty finding Wat Lokayasutharam, likely our otherwise good Ayutthaya map, was a bit off the mark.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Chao Phraya River
Cruise and Lunch on the Chao Phraya River by Cruise Boat
Pass By:  
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)
Pass by boat
Pass By:  
The Grand Palace
Pass by Boat
Pass By:  
A new shopping complex located on the banks of Chao Phraya River.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • When visiting temples visitors should ensure they are suitably dressed. Long pants which go down to the ankle, not tight and not torn - Tops with sleeves and must not be see-through should be worn. If the dress code is not applied then upon the day of the activity it may be possible to rent on spot at your cost. Our guide will help you
  • You must provide your hotel details at time of booking, failure to do so may result in cancellation
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • There is no health restrictions for this tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tour East Thailand

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Must wear pants and top thst covers shoulders for stop#1 Bang Pa In palace." See review
  • "Provide a tour bus with better condition(2) Provide a summary sheet/map indicating historical sites along the river" See review


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Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok
, Mar 2020
Very well-organized tour, a very informative travel guide with a great sense of humor. Money well spent.
Chalong Temple Tour
, Mar 2020
Wonderful experience! We learned so much about the temple and the daily processes happening at the temple. Highly recommend this tour.
Temple tour
, Mar 2020
Well organised The guide was very helpful knoledgeble and pleasant but we did struggle to understand a lot of what he was saying Food was excellent on the boat
Overall good trip
, Mar 2020
The tour was well organised and the guide was very helpful and friendly but we did struggle to understand him that was a shame
Ayutthaya and the area around of it
, Mar 2020
Early start in the morning ... the offered hotel pick-up worked very well. The tour group contains approx. a number of 30-36 people ... travelling in a big coach from one spot to the next one ... for my opinion to much people for one group. Mrs. Donna (our tour guide) did her best to make the tour as comfortable as possible. You can say, Mrs. Donnas charme and knowledge made this tour. 60+ Minutes in Bang Pa (Summer Palace) is a little bit to long (for my opinion), Bang Pa is a huge garden with buildings, flowers and tree architecture. 15-20 Minutes in Wat Mahathat (Buddha's head entwined in tree roots) is definitely to short to enjoy and explore the area ... Wat Mahathat is more worth than 20 minutes! All the other spots during this tour were an add-on and interessting as well (Phraram, Pratu Chai ...). The cruise and lunch on the Chao Phraya River by cruise boat was together with another group - so the tour group contains around more than 50 people ... but the cruise boat was big enough and everyone got a nice comfortable place. All together it was a nice tour only the time in Wat Mahathat was to short.
Ayuttaya just magical!
, Feb 2020
The highlight of the holiday. A truly fabulous experience. Donna was a 100% absolute gem. Explained everything and kept the group together. The Buffet lunch was unbelievable and worth the cost if the trip on its own! Many many thanks.
Best ever 💕💕
, Feb 2020
I loved every minute of it, i have got absolutely nothing bad to say it was the best especially our guide Donna her personality and her Worth is everything. Remember if you don't speak Thai don't complain about her English.
Great day trip to Ayutthaya & river cruise.
, Feb 2020
Comfortable bus ride. Sufficient time to visit each site. Donna, our guide was knowledgeable about the sites histories & helpfull to take our photos. She made a big difference in our enjoyment of the trip. The river cruise was relaxing & the lunch buffet was value for money. Plenty of choices in main courses, desserts & fruits. Since this is Bangkok I was surprised that mangos were not provided. Fruit juices would also be a nice touch.
PLEASE READ! You won't get what you pay for.
, Feb 2020
First off, what is described is not what you will receive. The company that books this, (Tour East Thailand) subcontracts it through another company (River City Tours) and the dinner is through (White Orchid Rover Cruise). As the listing says, you are to be in a group no larger that 15 people. Our group had OVER 50 PEOPLE and a full size bus and one tour guide. We specifically picked this tour for the small group experience and the ability to ask a guide at nearly any time the small detailed questions as being driven around, etc. We confronted our guide Donna, who just told us that we will have to contact our booking company when we are completed as we showed her what our reservation was for and she agreed it did not sound the same but we were on her list correctly. We were not able to ask many questions, nor was anyone else as our guide just sat in the front most of the drive and did not talk much except for when we arrived at a location or just departed. To add to everything, our first stop was the palace. We complied and was wearing everything the listing on the tour states we needed to for the palace dress code policy but when we arrived, we were forced by the guide and the ticketing people into a CASH ONLY souvenir store and told we did not meet the dress code and about half of the tour had to buy either new shirts or pants. We again confronted our guide and showed her the dress code on the tour listing and she again informed us to contact the booking company at the end. It seemed more of a tourist trap than policy as even our shuttle driver to the meeting spot for the tour ensured we had proper clothing before even leaving the hotel with us. We called Viator while in the middle of the tour who started a claim and apologized. They contacted the tour company who said they could not respond without their Manager. Viator said they would follow up later after hearing back. Immediately after the call, I received nasty emails from the Tour Company trying to spin it and saying "nobody promised it was a small group tour" and that it was not their fault we did not comply with their dress code instructions given on the listing. We sent them a screen shot of the listing that showed "max of 15 persons on the tour" and a picture of our group and bus as well as what we were wearing at the beginning of the tour. They did not respond after that. Once we were on the boat, we actually had a nice lunch. But, our tour was merged with two other ACTUAL small group tours from the same company - more than likely the ones we were supposed to be on. So again now our group had over 60 people for the lunch river cruise. The content of the tour was OK, but what really ruined it was it not being what we paid for, having to buy unnecessary clothing in a shady cash only shop, and the poor response and lies from the booking company, TOUR EAST THAILAND. Luckily, Viator investigated and agreed with us and provided a full refund. So if you want to do this tour, I recommend using another company other than TOUR EAST THAILAND and make sure you are paying less than this tour as it is significantly higher than the tours labeled correctly as a larger group experience like you will get with this tour.
A worthwhile tour
, Feb 2020
Very pleasant tour. An easy pace, knowledgeable guide. A substantial buffet lunch on the boat. Lots to see on the boat ride back to Bangkok.

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