Ayuthaya is one of Thailand’s historical and majestic highlights, serving as the Thai capital for 417 years (1350 – 1767), it was once glorified as one of the biggest cities in the world – a Southeast Asia center for civilizations.
In 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.
During this day trip you will visit many interesting ancient sites including Wat Phra Si Sanphet, in 1491 the temple was located inside the compound of the Grand Palace-the foundations of which are still visible-and served as the royal chapel, as Wat Phra Kaeo does in Bangkok. This Royal Palace was built by King U-Thong upon the founding of the city. In Ayutthaya’s heyday, this was the largest temple in the city. Continue to Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon. Within the complex is a huge image of a reclining Buddha in brick and stucco. The chedi is bell-shaped and constructed on a mound of raised ground with steps going up to the Buddhist image placed midway to the top. The chedi itself now has a distinct tilt, but still can be entered via the stairs.
After we visit Wat Phanan Choeng, overlooking the river on the opposite bank from the main city, Wat Phanan Choeng was founded shortly before the establishment of Ayutthaya as the Kingdoms capital.
Our last stop before returning to Bangkok is to Bang-Pa-In, the former Royal Summer Residence, which represents a fine example of Thai architecture.
Return to Bangkok by a relaxing cruise on the Chao Phraya River as we steam down stream, you will be able to see how the scenery changes from greenery to suburbia to central Bangkok.