The ancient city of Ayutthaya is situated 76 kilometres from Bangkok and makes an exciting daytrip destination. While it is possible to catch a bus or a minibus from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, people who like to travel in comfort and style can take a scenic cruise along the Chao Phraya River.
Daytrips to Ayutthaya are available virtually every day of the year and last from 8:00 and 16:00. In order to save time, travel companies usually take travellers to Ayutthaya by coach, while treating them to a scenic cruise along the Chao Phraya River on the way back to Bangkok.
This is an exciting opportunity for people to gain an insight into the unique history and culture of Thailand. Most of the temples and other ancient buildings in Ayutthaya were established between the 14th and 18th centuries and have played an important part in the history of Thailand. Visitors will be treated to a guided tour around the historic centre of this charming town, which is a great way to gain a real insight into the true value of Ayutthaya.
Tours typically start at the magnificent Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, before moving on to explore the ancient temples that can be found inside Ayutthaya’s moat. Much of this area was ransacked and burnt to the ground by Burmese soldiers several centuries ago, although the parts of the structures that remain standing offer an important insight into how they would have appeared in all their former glory.
One of the great things about arranging a guided tour is that day trippers will be able to learn all about Ayutthaya’s temples from a knowledgeable local guide while they explore. Visitors will also have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and make new friends along the way.
Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand for more than four hundred years and visitors will find several impressive ruined temples and palaces here. Some of the structures that are just waiting to be admired here include Wat Maha That, Wat Na Phra Mane and Wat Lokayasutharam, which is home to a large reclining Buddha image. Visitors will be given plenty of time to fully admire the many ancient temples and other monuments of Ayutthaya before taking a leisurely lunch aboard the cruise ship.
The cruise back to Bangkok takes around three hours and visitors will have plenty of time to unwind and capture scenes of river life unfold as they sail slowly past. The lush fields of the countryside slowly melt away as the boat sails towards the city and visitors will be able to gaze at some of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks such as wat Arun on the bank of the Chao Phraya River.
The River Cruise to Ayutthaya includes transportation to and from most major hotels in Bangkok as well as admission fees and a buffet lunch aboard the boat. However, day trippers will want to make sure that they take along their camera to record the experience as well as spending money for souvenirs and drinks. Visitors should avoid wearing shorts, sandals and t-shirts without sleeves as otherwise they not be permitted to enter places such as Bang Pa-In Summer Palace.