On this trip you will see the Royal Palace at Bang Pa-In, also called the Summer Palace, as well as the ancient city of Ayutthaya and its ruins, once the capital of Thailand and one of the most prosperous cities in the world.
The trip starts off with a visit to the Summer Palace at Bang Pa-In in Ayutthaya province. After the hustle and bustle of Bangkok this is a very nice and relaxed place to visit with its large grounds where a number of buildings of various ages and architectural styles are located surrounded by a lake.
After Bang Pa-In it is just a short drive to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam. This city which was founded around 1350 was once the largest city in the world with one million inhabitants.
History of Ayutthaya
The city had grown rich thanks to it being the worlds trading capital. Traders from all over the world such as India, China and European countries like Portugal and France came to Ayutthaya and were impressed by its palaces and grandeur. All of this came to an end with the Burmese invasion of 1767 when most of the city was destroyed.
Today, Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see the Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the largest temple of Ayutthaya which once contained a 16 meters high standing Buddha image covered with gold. During the Burmese invasion the gold was taken by the Burmese army.
The Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit is a large building that holds one of the largest bronze Buddha images in Thailand. The original building from the early 17th century was damaged in the late 18th century, this building was build in the 20th century.
Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a must see that was build around 1630 in an architectural style that resembles the Angkor Wat in Cambodia. It is believed that this monastery was build around 1630 by King Prasatthong to make merit for his mother.
Boat trip on the rivers surrounding Ayutthaya
The old capital Ayutthaya is located on an island surrounded by three rivers, the Chao Phraya, the Pa Sak and the Lopburi river. You will have a chance to enjoy the river scenery as well as views of many of Ayutthaya’s impressive temples during a private boat trip around the island.