Bang Pa-In; Wat Phanan Choeng; Wat Yai Chai Mongkon; Wat Phra Sri Sanphet; Wat Mahathat
Our licensed tour guide will either meet you at the meeting point Sathorn Pier Saphan Taksin which we will inform you about, or he will pick you up at your hotel depending on your booking.
After our guide has picked you up, we can start the tour reliably and safely.
About seventy kilometres from Bangkok, the ruined city of Ayutthaya invites you to take a little trip into Siam's history. Enjoy the beauties and charms of the former Thai capital. For four hundred years, Ayutthaya was a regional power factor until it was finally razed to the ground by the Burmese in 1767. Our excursion first goes to the summer residence of the Thai kings at Bang Pa-In. The palace of Bang Pa In, situated on a small island in the Chao Phraya, was the resort of Ayutthaya's last kings. Most of the buildings that exist today date back to the time of King Chulalongkorn, the ruler who is still firmly anchored in the hearts of the people as Rama V. Here in the complex, too, you can see very clearly how the buildings are sinking and have to be elaborately secured.
There are many stories about this ruler and the fact that the country was not colonised is probably thanks to him. He also abolished slavery and modernised the country. Afterwards, the short drive takes us to the temple Wat Panan Choeng, located directly on the River, one of the most famous Buddhist temples with its oversized Buddha 19 metres high. Dating from the 14th century, it is one of the central temples in the Ayutthaya History Park, and the name Panan Choeng means sitting with legs crossed. Our tour guide can tell you the legend about Princess Soi Dok Mak who took her own life. A Chinese shrine was built in her honour in the temple complex. Afterwards, our journey continues to the next highlight.
Wat Yai Chai Mongkon, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved temples in Ayutthaya, was built in 1357 and is located southeast of the historical park on the branch of the Pa Sak River. The temple was built by King Ramathibodi I, the first ruler of the empire. Probably in 1592, King Naresuan the Great had the great stupa built in memory of his successful elephant duel with the Burmese crown prince, whom he had killed in battle. Around the stupa you can see many new Buddha statues today, as the old, historical ones had been brought to Bangkok. King Naresuan the Great loved cockfights, so many Thais donate cock sculptures in his honour, which are placed in the newer area. At the entrance is a model of how the complex used to look.
Everywhere you look, you can experience Siam's history up close in Ayutthaya and you can vividly imagine how the kings lived here. Then it's off to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the former royal temple, on the site of the old royal palace in Ayutthaya. With its three adjoining chedis, Wat Sri Sanphet can be seen from a distance. This complex, and with it a golden Buddha, fell victim to destruction by the Burmese army. Rama I, founder of the Chakri dynasty that still rules today, began restoration work during his reign. There is time to stroll through the ruins, ask questions and marvel at the massive monuments. Even in the dark, the monuments shine in the spotlight and are of special beauty.
Wat Mahathat with its stone Buddha head growing into the tree is probably one of the most famous images from this "Ancient City". This wat, with its seven chedis arranged one above the other, was the spiritual centre and was partly built in the Khmer style. Here you can also clearly see from the tree branches how high the water was during the floods. Ayutthaya is more or less affected by floods almost every year, especially in the rainy season when the water comes from the north. In order to pay the Buddha the necessary respect, the visitor approaches only in a bowed posture. This is the practice of the Buddhists, so tourists should also show this respect.
After this excursion we will drive you back to the starting point in Bangkok.
The tour itinerary and the individual sightseeing objects may possibly differ due to weather or traffic conditions, large-scale closures, lighting shutdowns at the buildings, airline departure times or closures of the sights. The decision then rests with the tour guide in charge in consultation with the person who has contractually booked the tour. If the tour continues in a different way, with other sights, the tour is considered to have been carried out.
Please note that clothing must be appropriate for visits to temples. Click here for the chart! Skirts must fully cover the knees, trousers must be ankle length and shoes must be closed (no flip-flops).
Before entering the ordination hall or Viharn Noi, please remove your shoes and enter barefoot. We recommend that you wear socks for hygienic reasons. Please do not sit on Buddha or Chinese statues for photo opportunities. Please observe the rules of the temple, especially the Buddhist faith. Women are not allowed to touch monks, so keep a respectful distance. Greet The Thais with a friendly wai and they will get a smile back.
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