Ayutthaya by River Sun Cruise
Bangkok River Cruise Tours
A prosperous political and trade capital of Siam and Southeast Asia between the 14th and 18th centuries, Ayutthaya harbours a wealth of history through its fascinating temple ruins and palaces – many believed to have been gilded with gold. At the height of prosperity, Ayutthaya maintained warm diplomatic ties with the French court as well as Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Persians and East Asian countries; their influences are reflected in the architectural styles at the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace as well as temples located inside the city moat.
Today, despite their ruined state, Ayutthaya temples maintain a revered feel. Strolling the grounds of these ruins is a humbling experience, particularly as you try to imagine what the original sights might have been before the Burmese ransacked and burned the city to the ground.
Ayutthaya by River Sun Cruise
Check-in at the River City Shopping Complex, Si Phraya
Depart by coach from the River City Shopping Complex
Arrive at the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, built during the Ayutthaya era. The palace showcases an eclectic collection of buildings that blend European, Khmer, Thai and Chinese architectural styles.
Arrive in Ayutthaya, the former Thai capital for over 400 years. Witness the glory of the ancient capital through its temple and palace ruins, which still command respect and reverence amongst those who set a foot on their grounds. River Sun brings you a combination of the ruins and the remaining historical attractions.
Wat Maha That - Over 600 years old, Wat Maha That was the heart and soul of Ayutthaya people. It was almost completely destroyed by the Burmese during the Thai-Burmese War.
Wat Na Phra Mane - Remains in perfect condition, as it was used as the Burmese military headquarters during the war. The splendid Golden Buddha, dressed in regal attire, was placed in the temple along with the three thousand-year-old Buddhas carved from green stone, both are considered extremely valuable national relics.
Wat Lokayasutharam - has a mysterious past, whereby its origins are unknown. The temple enshrines a large reclining Buddha image, constructed in the style of Early Ayutthaya Period.
Depart Wat Lokayasutharam for the River Sun Cruise, embarking from Wat Chong Lom Pier, Nonthaburi.
Buffet Lunch: Delicious meal served in the luxurious surrounds of a cruise boat.
Afternoon - Coffee Break - Witness the beauty of the Chao Phraya River and rural life along the two riverbanks from the cruise deck or from the cool, air-conditioned passenger cabin. Arriving in Bangkok, you will pass by the majestic Grand Palace and Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn).
Arrive at the River City Complex Pier, Si Phraya.
Throughout the trip, expert guides will explain the history and legends of the respective sights, which have all been carefully chosen to facilitate a comparative study of the past and present as well as highlighting the natural beauty of Thailand’s countryside.
- Air conditioned vehicle with English-speaking guide.
- Transportation from/to major hotels in Bangkok.
- Admission fee as mentioned on this program.
- Buffet lunch on board.
- Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, insurance etc.
- Other service not mentioned on this program.
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