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Ayutthaya Tours

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.

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

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On this private or non-private full-day tour you will visit the former capital of Thailand, Ayuthaya. Explore the ruins of the old city, a UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Ancient and Hidden Ayutthaya By Bike, Bangkok, Day Trips
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Ancient and Hidden Ayutthaya By Bike

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Ayutthaya was once a glooming capital and cosmopolitan city with temples of gold, glittering palaces and powerful kings. Today, its countless temples and ruins ...  Read more

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Exploring Historic Ayutthaya by Bike, Central Thailand, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Exploring Historic Ayutthaya by Bike

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Enjoy a full-day trip to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. You will explore impressive ruins, the grandiose Summer Palace of the ...  Read more

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Full-Day Ayutthaya Bike Ride, Bangkok, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Full-Day Ayutthaya Bike Ride

Revealing the treasures of Ayutthaya can be done via various means, yet not as relaxing and with clear view of the impressive UNESCO historical park as by ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Historic Ayutthaya Bike Tour, Bangkok, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Full-Day Historic Ayutthaya Bike Tour

Explore the World Heritage–listed Historic City of Ayutthaya by bike on a full-day tour from Bangkok including lunch. This easy ride around the ancient capital ...  Read more

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Bangkok to Ayutthaya by Road Bicycle, Bangkok, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Bangkok to Ayutthaya by Road Bicycle

Escape from the city vibe to experience a peaceful atmosphere of Ayutthaya, the former capital city of the Thai Kingdom. We take the back roads to this ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
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Ayutthaya Full Day Coach Tour from Bangkok, Bangkok, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Ayutthaya Full Day Coach Tour from Bangkok

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Visit Ayuthaya, the former royal capital of Thailand, a sightseeing tour from Bangkok. Explore ancient ruins, such as the Summer Palace of King Rama IV. Learn ...  Read more

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Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Private Tour: Ayutthaya Day Trip from Bangkok, Bangkok, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Ayutthaya Day Trip from Bangkok

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Pack in a full day of culture, history and cuisine on a private tour to the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya. A private guide escorts you to one of ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Half-Day Ayutthaya Sunset Bicycle Excursion, Central Thailand, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Ayutthaya Sunset Bicycle Excursion

Ayutthaya Sunset Ride is an enjoyable 3-4 hour bicycle excursion to allow participants admire the beautifully illuminated temple ruins after sunset, a unique ...  Read more

Location: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand
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Half-Day Ayutthaya City Cultural Bike Tour, Central Thailand, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Half-Day Ayutthaya City Cultural Bike Tour

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This half-day Ayutthaya City Culture Bicycle Adventure is a must for every visitor to Ayutthaya with limited time. We cycle around the ancient capital of Siam, ...  Read more

Location: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand
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