Essential Bangkok + Ayutthaya         

This tour is designed for small groups, families with young children, couples, friends or solo travelers who are visiting Bangkok for the first time AND have limited days to travel. If you’re interested in the history of temples in Thailand, this itinerary will show you 2 very different kingdoms of Thailand – ‘Bangkok’ and ‘Ayutthaya’. In the morning you will visit the most famous attractions in Bangkok such as The Grand Palace, The Emerald Buddha Temple, Wat Pho, Wat Arun and Chao Phraya canals in Bangkok. In the afternoon you will visit the former capital and second kingdom of Thailand ‘Ayutthaya’ (1350-1767). The Ayutthaya historical park is internationally famous. UNESCO recognizes Ayutthaya as a World Heritage Site since 1991. You will see the beautiful ruins of temples of Wat Phrasrisanphet, Wat Lokayasuttharam and Wat Chaiwatthanaram, the famous Wat Mahathat or ‘Buddha head suspended in tree roots’ and enjoy a relaxing boat trip along the rivers surrounded by Ayutthaya during your tour.

Duration tour: 12 hours   Transportation: Private Van with Air-Condition 

Recommend time: 7am – 7pm  



(Estimate driving distance 30 – 50 minutes from your hotel to temples, depend on your hotel location and traffic in Bangkok)

1) The Reclining Buddha Temple ‘Wat Pho’ TripAdvisor Reviews : Visit the most beautiful Reclining Buddha image in Thailand. This temple is also regarded as the first public university in Thailand where the prescriptions of Thai traditional massage techniques are taught even to the present day. 

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2) The Royal Grand Palace TripAdvisor Reviews

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& 3) The Emerald Buddha Temple TripAdvisor Reviews :  : Visit the current kingdom of Thailand where all Thai kings have used this palace to rule the country in ‘Absolute Monarchy’ during 1782-1942 and also used to be the private residence of the Kings and Royal families. Inside the Grand Palace, there is the most beautiful temple in Thailand ‘The Emerald Buddha Temple’ where is the most highly respected Buddha image for Thais called ‘The Emerald Buddha’.

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4) The Temple of Dawn ‘Wat Arun’ TripAdvisor Reviews : Climbing up on the tower to the beautiful ‘Chaopraya River’ and ‘The Grand Palace’ at the other side of the river view. This temple was the previous kingdom of Thailand before The Grand Palace in 1676 – 1782. The ‘Prang – corncob shape tower’ is decorated by porcelain od 67 meters tall. 


(Estimate driving distance 1.30 – 2 hours from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. Below itinerary, all the temples are located very close to the historical park, it’s about 5-10 minutes by driving to each temple)

5) Wat Mahathat TripAdvisor Reviews : The iconic image of ‘a Buddha head suspended in tree roots’ This is a “Must See” in Ayutthaya. Wat Mahathat it’s one of the oldest temples in Ayutthaya built in 14C.

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6) Wat Phrasrisanphet TripAdvisor Reviews : This temple is an architectural prototype temple of the Emerald Buddha temple in Bangkok. You will also visit the area that used to be an ancient palace of Ayutthaya kingdom.

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7) Wat Lokayasuttharam TripAdvisor Reviews : This highlight is the oldest reclining Buddha image in all of Thailand and it’s over 600 years old. 

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8) Local Speed Boat TripAdvisor Reviews : Cruise around Ayutthaya’s historical park. 3 rivers that make the historical park as though it’s an island on the map view surround the historical park. This is the reason why Ayutthaya was the longest reigning capital of Thailand. Enjoy seeing local Thai lifestyle along the river while feeding the rivers catfish. You can enjoy a beautiful sunset while you are on the boat trip. You can walk up to Wat Chaiwatthanaram at the end of the boat cruise for a final sunset view. (weather permitting) 

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9) Wat Chaiwatthanaram TripAdvisor Reviews : Visit the most beautiful temple complex in Ayutthaya. Where you can see a replica of Angkor Wat temple, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. If you start the tour in the afternoon (12pm-8pm) you can enjoy a perfect silhouette sunset at this temple, a truly perfect place to end the day.

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(Estimate driving distance 1.30 – 2 hours from Ayutthaya back to Bangkok, depend on your hotel location and traffic in Bangkok)

Private Minivan
Private van with air-condition

Using a private van with air-conditioning on tour:

     The private commuter van is highly recommended for an easy and relaxing way to travel around Bangkok. It’s very comfortable with air-conditioning to keep you cool in Bangkok’s high temperatures and high humidity. Average temps in Bangkok 29-38C/85-100F with high humidity 70-90%. We will provide all refreshments such as cold waters, cold towels, and umbrellas on all trips.

     On tour, the approximate walking distance to anticipate is 6 – 8 kilometers / 4 – 5 miles. The boat riding takes approximately total time 40 – 60 minutes. The estimate driving distance from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is 1.30 – 2 hours on each way.

     This tour uses an Air-Conditioned Minivan for easy transportation. This is suitable for large groups, friends, families with young children who may not be used to the high temperatures and high humidity in Bangkok. Anyone who is unable to walk long distances on tour and also for those who might be tired from jetlag or long flights the day before your tour begins.


Private Tour

Price per person in THB

Included :

1) All temple ticket fees

  • The Grand Palace & The Emerald Buddha Temple
  • Wat Pho (The Reclining Buddha Temple)
  • Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)
  • Wat Mahathat
  • Wat Phrasrisanphet
  • Wat Lokayasuttharam
  • Wat Chaiwatthanaram

2) Activities

    • Local boat around Ayutthaya Historical park for 40-60 minutes depending on the waves and numbers of the boats in the river

3) Licensed English Speaking Guide (I will pick you up/drop off at your hotel or your request places in Bangkok)

4) Private Van Commuter: Air-Conditioned with professional licensed driver  + Refreshments (cold waters and cold towels) + Fuel + Tolls + Parking fees

5) Travel accident insurance

1  14200
2 7700
3 5900
4 5000
5 4500
6 4000
7 3800
8 3500
9 3300

 Not Included :

1) Lunch per person costs approximately 80-150 THB  for local street foods or 200-300 THB for restaurants

2) (If the tour takes longer than 12 hours) Overtime after 12 hours for tour guide and driver are 600 THB per hour per group

3) Pick up or/and drop off at the airports or hotels around Donmuang Airport (DMK) or Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Please click here for more details

  • Child price: In Thailand, child entry is based on height, not age. The height below 120 Cm. / 4 Ft. is considered as a child (free) entry in all Palaces and Temples. On tour, the fee will be charged at the adult price for all child is taller than 120 Cm/ 4 Ft. Please confirm how many of your child’s height below 120 Cm/ 4 Ft. and I will send you the correct summarize, price details etc. of your request itineraries again.
Remark :

  • Occasionally, Some buildings in the Emerald Buddha Temple or the Royal Grand Palace will be closed for special ceremonies of the Royal Families without notice. You will be able to see the decoration outside Throne Halls.
  • During the raining season (July – October) if it is cloudy or raining in the evening, you might not see the sunset in Ayutthaya.

Please click here for more details, example photos of dress code to visit

The Grand Palace and The Emerald Buddha Temple and other Buddhist Temples

Terms & Conditions :

  • The deposit is 100 USD per group. The deposit is non-refundable. The balance expenses will calculate in the confirmation details and sent to you.
  • The list on the itinerary is 12 hours tour standard charged. If your tour is not finished within 12 hours, still the same charge.
  • This is pre-planned tour: If you decide to end the tour early or skip some of the activities, the tour rate remains the same, as this is a pre-planned guided tour.

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