Full Day Ayutthaya
by Grand Pearl

Ayutthaya visits are a full day worth. Spend the morning driving to the ancient capital of
the Siam Kingdom and gently cruise back over the Chao Phraya River on board that
not only includes a fabulous lunch, but also a view that is second to none.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Once the ruling capital of the Siam Kingdom, Ayutthaya has seen its fair share of challenges over time. Its strategic location inlands along the Chao Phraya River once was seen as a trading hotspot for sea-faring nations which have, although not always as obvious, left their national marks on the town. Now, it is all temple galore with ruins and remains of the country’s government seat. Combining the accessibility via Thailand’s main artery and the splendour of a magnificent kingdom brings forward a full day for historical glamour with river-based cruise relaxation.

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TRAIL ITINERARY

Full Day | Ayutthaya by Grand Pearl

07:30 - 18:30

Early in the morning, you will be picked up by your guide and driver and transfer in the direction of Ayutthaya. This excursion takes us through beautiful scenery to the north of Bangkok, and onto the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Siam. Containing UNESCO-listed temples and stupas, Ayutthaya was the Thai capital for 417 years and is one of Thailand’s major tourist attractions. Many ancient ruins can be seen in the city, which was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong. A total of 33 kings of five dynasties ruled the kingdom until it was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767.

Included in the itinerary is a visit to the Summer Palace of King Rama V. This beautiful palace is some 30 kilometres South of Ayutthaya and was built in the reign of King Rama V. The palace consists of many Royal Buildings built in contrasting architectural styles. Thai, Chinese, Italian and Victorian styles predominate. The most well-known building is a Thai pavilion in the centre of a small lake. Many as one of the finest examples of Thai architecture regard it.

After visiting this part, we embark on the luxurious Grand Pearl Cruise for the return journey to Bangkok. A superb lunch buffet and fascinating scenery along the Chao Phraya riverbanks complete the memorable experience, as you watch life on the river pass by at a sleepy pace.

We will arrive in the late afternoon at the River City Boat pier in Bangkok, from where we will transfer you back to your Bangkok Hotel. Arrival at your overnight address in the Thai capital will be approximately at 17:30 hrs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by car / mini-van with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)
  • One way river cruise on board from Ayutthaya to Bangkok

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated both on private basis as well as on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis.
  • A private guide will accompany the customers yet will join other guests during the actual tour.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Bangkok areas and restricted to main hotels only.
  • Regions outside the central business district such as Khao San Road, Rattanakosin, Nonthaburi, Thonburi, Minburi, both International Airports, Ratchadapisek and upper Sukhumvit (Soi 55 and further) are excluded supplementary charges apply. For all riverside excursions (river cruises, lunch and dinner cruises, long tail boat tours and other water-based tour options), restrictions on transfers from and to booked riverside accommodation along the Chao Phraya River are applicable. Customers are requested to make it to their nearest pick-up point in the downtown Bangkok area.
  • We regret that are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses, private apartments or other non-registered tourism accommodations. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Bangkok area.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment.
  • For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package.
  • Any changes in accommodation outside 48 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 48 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • Cruise operation will also seize during the annual dry-docking period; exact dates will be advised by the cruise company and are subject to change. We reserve the right to cancel requests during this/these period(s).

Full Day Ayutthaya by Grand Pearl

Evening Yaowarat Foodie
Walk and Culture Tour

The beating culinary heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown is a feast for taste buds. An evening exploration of Yaowarat Road
brings the foodie out of everyone and nothing short of sampling what Thai-Chinese food is all about.
Recommend to keep an empty stomach!

WHY THIS TOUR?

Yaowarat Road, Chinatown’s main access road in one of Bangkok’s oldest parts is almost a world on its own. The real charm of this rich in culture and iconic part of the Thai capital really blooms after sunset when the narrow walkways along the main aorta that is Yaowarat turn into an open-air food parade of exceptional proportions. Winding alleys are packed with chefs, where smoke from boiling hot woks and pots turn raw ingredients into delicious dishes. If you follow us, we will not only satisfy your hunger for exploration but leave you at the end of the trip craving for more. Dazzle your taste buds on this evening tour through vibrant Chinatown, passing seafood street chefs and family-run food corners.

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TRAIL ITINERARY

Evening Yaowarat Foodie Walk and Culture Tour

18:30 - 21:00

You will meet your fellow foodies at 18:00 hrs with your guide at the subway exit number 4 of Hua Lamphong MRT Station, right in front of the Bangkok Center Hotel (transfer from your hotel to the MRT station is on own arrangement), which is nearby Yaowarat Road, Chinatown’s main road and paradise for local food aficionados. We kindly advise you to arrive before 18:00 hrs to start the tour on time. An early evening adventure commences with walking from this point towards 200-year old Bangkok’s Chinatown. A huge ceremonial Chinese gate draws visitors into a world of gold shops and purveyors of traditional Chinese health cures assures that you are on the right track. The array of sights and smells takes tourists to a bygone age in which glittering temples provide a backdrop to roadside bartering.

It is not long before we hit our first of seven local eateries, varying from kerbside street vendors to renowned Thai –Chinese dining establishments. There is much more than meets the eye and your guide will explain in detail the history, symbolism and culture aspects before another noodle shop or fruit salesman passes the venue. Landmarks and sights of a more religious theme are pointed out as you try to grasp the explosion of flavours of yet another example of deliciousness. Chinatown is alive and lives throughout the night, giving the people of Bangkok and visitors alike the chance to sample what makes Yaowarat such a vibrant and thriving centre of culinary delights. At around 21:30 hrs, we head back to the meeting point at Hua Lamphong MRT station where you will make you way back to your booked hotel.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • An evening tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Various meals and snacks en route during the tour
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Meals and snacks as indicated in the program (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Return transfers from / to your booked accommodation from / to the indicated meeting point. Should you wish to include transfers, supplements apply
  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated both on private as well as on joined / Seat-In-Coach basis only with English-speaking guide.
  • Customers who book for the joined / Seat-in-Coach option are required to transfer on own arrangement to the start of the experience; no transfers are included.
  • Should you have booked a joint / Seat-In-Coach excursion, we are unable to communicate with you with accurate participation numbers, as these may change until the very last moment.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • This excursion includes obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users. The obstacles comprise of unpaved roads, and insufficient facilities to provide a comfortable sightseeing tour. Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues.
  • Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes, when booking this tour.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • This tour is not suitable for customers who are strict vegetarian, cannot eat pork and/or have allergies / are unable to consume oyster sauce, fish sauce or MSG; the localness of this tour prevents from preparing suitable alternatives.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to reach the meeting point for this excursion at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement of this excursion. Failure to do so may result in missing the guide and the other participants.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for children under the age of 12. Families with children under this age may be denied participating based on the terms and conditions of this tour.

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