3 Days Enchanting Ayutthaya @ Sala Ayutthaya
Take a trip back in time to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam. This was a prosperous international trading port from 1350 until 1767 when it was attacked by Burmese invaders, prompting a move of the capital further south down the Chao Phraya River. Visitors will witness a wealth of history and heritage packed into a UNESCO World Heritage site on an island situated between three rivers. The archaeological area contains palaces, temples, monasteries and weather-worn statues that give a rich cultural insight into a golden era of the country’s development. We explore on foot and by bike and visit a myriad of ancient attractions, including Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, once one of the country’s most important spiritual centres and Wat Mahathat, ‘the temple of the great relic,’ a shrine that features the iconic image of a stone Buddha head entwined in the roots of a tree. This is the ultimate journey back in time excursion.
Day 1 | Bangkok – Ayutthaya [Lunch, Dinner]
Today we embark on a one hour train journey to the ancient city of Ayutthaya. We travel in second class to the former capital of Siam and after arrival, enjoy a hot drink and then start our exploration of the Ayutthaya Historical Park by tuk-tuk. Our first stop is Wat Mahathat which contains the famed Buddha head encircled by tree roots. Next is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Lokayasutharam. We then sample Ayutthaya’s famed speciality dessert roti sai mai (cotton candy wrapped in thin paper-like crepes) and we can try our hand at making this local delicacy. We then enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant, followed by a visit to Aranyik Knife Village where skilled craftsmen have been creating knives since they were used as weapons in hand-tohand conflict. We then head to the fisherman’s market at Talad Klang Pue Kaset Tagon, followed by participation in a meditation session at Wat Maheyong. After checking-in to the hotel we head to the night market with dinner at a local noodles shop.
Overnight at Sala Ayutthaya.
Day 2 | Ayutthaya - Ayutthaya [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]
Our exploration of enchanting Ayutthaya involves spiritual and cultural attractions. Highlights include Wat Khun Inthapramun, a temple constructed during the Sukhothai period and this shrine contains the longest reclining Buddha in Thailand. We then explore a melon farm and participate in a basket weaving workshop, followed by a walk around Wiset Chaichan Market. After viewing a Buddhist monk ceremony, we visit Ban Phae ‘drum making village’ and then Bang Sadet Court Doll Centre. This perfect day ends with sunset cocktails and dinner at a riverside resort with a backdrop of ancient temples.
Overnight at Sala Ayutthaya.
Day 3 | Ayutthaya – Bangkok [Breakfast, Lunch]
Our final day of exploration of ancient Ayutthaya involves a wealth of new experiences. After breakfast we get a taste of local life on a boat trip to Wat Cherng Tha, an active monastery with a beautifully preserved ordination hall and a Khmer style central prang. This ornate temple features an interesting mix of old and new designs, mural paintings and a teak altar. You will present the donation bucket bought at Wiset Chaichan Market to the monks here. We also view Wat Klang Bang Pra which dates back to 1783 and continue our journey by boat to Wat Chaiwatthanaram. This royal temple was constructed in 1630 by King Prasat Thongin during the early Ayutthaya period. Constructed in a Khmer style, this UNESCO listed structure is one of Ayutthaya’s most famed temples. We then proceed to the Srijaroen Dockyard to get an insight into how traditional wooden boats are built and repaired. After lunch at a local restaurant we drive to Bang Pa-in to view Wat Niwetthammaprawat, a royal temple, followed by our return to Bangkok and the conclusion of the tour.
Private tours are operated daily with English / German-speaking guide.
Tours and transfers with licenced English / German-speaking guiding services / assistance. Other languages are on request and are subject to availability;
Accommodation in sharing twin / double with air-conditioning
Transportation for tour and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle, unless otherwise stated;
All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the program;
All applicable taxes and service charges;
All meals as indicated in the program (food only)
Personal expenses such as other meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours/ visits, unless otherwise stated;
Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement;
Any domestic / international airline tickets, airport taxes, visa fees, specific camera / video fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general pick-up / drop-off regions (such as airports, out-of-town resorts, ports, harbours and accommodation in surrounding towns);
Any accommodation expenses of a personal nature. This includes (compulsory festive) meals and drinks, mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program;
International travel and medical insurance coverage for customers.
Good to know
We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests;
Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility;
The protection of the country’s flora, fauna and its historical and cultural treasures is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles;
Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us. Even when it is cloudy, the sun still has an immense power;
All mentioned times, durations and stops are based on approximations and may change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather and traffic conditions beyond our control.