Experience the Magic of Ayutthaya on a 3-Day Halal Tour
Join us on a journey through time to Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam, which was once a bustling trading port until it was invaded by Burmese forces in 1767. Today, Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage site, filled with rich history and cultural heritage situated on an island between three rivers. Visitors can explore the archaeological area, which is home to palaces, temples, monasteries, and ancient statues that provide a glimpse into the country's golden era of development. We will explore the city on foot and by bike, visiting a variety of ancient attractions, such as Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, one of the country's most significant spiritual centers, and Wat Mahathat, a shrine that features an iconic image of a stone Buddha head entwined in the roots of a tree. This excursion is the ultimate journey back in time.
Day 1: Bangkok – Ayutthaya [Lunch, Dinner] We begin our journey with a one-hour train ride to Ayutthaya, traveling in second class. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a hot drink before beginning our exploration of the Ayutthaya Historical Park by tuk-tuk. Our first stop is Wat Mahathat, which houses the famous Buddha head encircled by tree roots. Next, we will visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Lokayasutharam. Afterward, we will sample Ayutthaya's famous dessert, roti sai mai, and try our hand at making this local delicacy. We will enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant before visiting Aranyik Knife Village, where skilled craftsmen have been creating knives since they were used as weapons in hand-to-hand conflict. We will then head to the fisherman's market at Talad Klang Pue Kaset Tagon, followed by a meditation session at Wat Maheyong. After checking into our hotel, we will head to the night market with dinner at a local noodle shop.
Overnight at Sala Ayutthaya.
Day 2: Ayutthaya - Ayutthaya [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner] Our second day in Ayutthaya will be filled with spiritual and cultural attractions. Highlights include Wat Khun Inthapramun, a temple built during the Sukhothai period, which houses the longest reclining Buddha in Thailand. We will then explore a melon farm and participate in a basket-weaving workshop before taking a stroll around Wiset Chaichan Market. After viewing a Buddhist monk ceremony, we will visit Ban Phae, also known as the "drum-making village," and then the Bang Sadet Court Doll Centre. This perfect day will end with sunset cocktails and dinner at a riverside resort, with ancient temples as a backdrop.
Overnight at Sala Ayutthaya.
Day 3: Ayutthaya – Bangkok [Breakfast, Lunch] Our final day of exploration in Ayutthaya will be filled with new experiences. After breakfast, we will 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 will 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.