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.
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.
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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.
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.