Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya or Ayutthaya in short, is one of Thailand's
historical and majestic highlights. Serving as the Thai capital
for 417 years (1350 1767: Kingdom of Ayutthaya), it was once
glorified as one of the biggest cities in the world a Southeast
Asia center for civilizations. During the 17th century, most
foreign visitors to Ayutthaya, traders or diplomats alike, claimed
Ayutthaya to be the most illustrious and glittering city that
they had ever visited. The map of Ayutthaya published in 1691
by Simon de la Loubre in Du Royaume De Siam is proof of such
are but groups of crumbling ruins and rows of headless Buddhas
where once an empire thrived. The temple compounds are still
awe-inspiring even in disrepair and a visit here is memorable
and a good beginning for those drawn to the relics of history.
The architecture of Ayutthaya is a fascinating mix of Khmer
(ancient Cambodian style) and early Sukhothai style. Some cactus-shaped
obelisks, called prangs, denote Khmer influence and look something
like the famous towers of Angkor Wat. The more pointed stupas
are ascribed to the Sukhothai influence. For new arrivals who
had limited their visit to Bangkok, similarities may be noted
with the riverside Wat Arun, an 18th-century structure that
was built in the so-called Ayutthaya style, a melding of Sukhothai
Buddhist influences and Hindu-inspired.
06:30 hrs Meet our staff in your hotel's lobby
Depart for Ayutthaya By AC Bus
08.30 hrs Visit the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace.
The Palace consists of many royal buildings, built in contrasting
architectural styles. Thai, Chinese, Italian and Victorian styles
09.00 hrs Wat Phananchoeng. This monastery
is the most revered by the inhabitants of Ayutthaya, was built
in A.D. 1325.
09.45 hrs Visit Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, one can
see the large pagodas, built to celebrate the victory of his
single-handed combat on the elephant's back during Ayutthaya
12.00 hrs Lunch will be provide at riverside
13.15 hrs Wihan Phramongkhon Bophit a large
bronze cast buddha image was originally en-shrine.
13.45 hrs Wat Phra Si Sanphet. This important
and most outstanding monastery is located in grand palace compound
used as a residential palace. It become a monastery in the reign
of King Ramathibodi I.
14.30 hrs Departure from Ayutthaya to Bangkok
- Return transfer from Bangkok major hotels by air-conditioned
- Entrance Fees
- Experienced English speaking guides to explain history and
- Service Charge