Begin your journey into the heart of Thailand’s history as your guide picks you up from your Bangkok hotel. Sit back and relax as we drive north to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya Historical Park, and the former capital of the Siamese kingdom.
Upon arrival in Ayutthaya, you’ll experience the local way of life by switching to a traditional Tuk Tuk. This nimble and iconic mode of transport will take you on a memorable exploration of Ayutthaya’s historical wonders. Immerse yourself in the city’s spiritual past with visits to the following temple ruins:
– Wat Mahathat: Marvel at the iconic Buddha head entwined within the roots of a banyan tree and explore the impressive ruins that echo the grandeur of a bygone era.
– Wat Ratchaburana: Discover the exquisite prang (reliquary tower) and the treasures once enshrined within this majestic temple.
– Wat Na Phra Men: Stand in awe of the large bronze Buddha statue and the site’s historical significance as a temple for royal cremations.
After delving into Ayutthaya’s ancient temples, it’s time to indulge in a culinary journey aboard a Rice Barge Cruise. Set sail just after noon for an hour and a half voyage that offers not only a feast for your taste buds but also for your eyes. Savour a handpicked set menu of sumptuous Thai dishes, each a harmonious blend of sour, salty, sweet, and spicy flavours that define Thai cuisine. The dishes can be tailored to suit a range of palates, ensuring a delightful dining experience for all.
As you dine, glide around Ayutthaya island, taking in the romantic ambiance of the old capital. Witness the living tapestry of Ayutthaya’s heritage and contemporary life with views of:
– The Phet Fortress: Glimpse this historic military installation standing guard over the city.
– Wat Phanan Choeng: Admire one of Ayutthaya’s oldest and most revered temples.
– Wat Putthaisawan: See the striking monastery founded by the first Ayutthaya monarch.
– St. Joseph Catholic Church: Observe the cultural diversity with this European architectural gem.
– Wat Chaiwatthanaram: Contemplate the stunning riverside temple complex.
– The Memorial Stupa of Queen Suriyothai: Pay respects at the monument dedicated to a revered queen.
Post-lunch, your comfortable air-conditioned van will whisk you away to the Chao Phraya National Museum (open Wednesday to Sunday). Here, you’ll delve deeper into Ayutthaya’s rich history, admiring a collection of artefacts that reveal the city’s artistic and cultural legacy.
En route, seize the chance to taste Ayutthaya’s famous Thai dessert, Roti Saimai. This sweet treat, akin to cotton candy wrapped in a thin pancake, is sure to delight your senses.
As the day winds down, relax on the drive back to Bangkok, reflecting on the timeless beauty and historical treasures you’ve encountered. We’ll ensure a smooth return to your hotel, leaving you with cherished memories of Ayutthaya’s ancient splendours.