Private Car to Ayutthaya and Return by Cruise
Full Day Tour
TOUR CODE : HTA032
Thai capital for 417 years, Many ancient ruins and art works can be
seen in a city that was founded in 1350 by King U Thong when the Thais
were forced southwards by northern neighbors. During the period of
Ayutthaya being the Thai capital, 33 Kings of different dynasties ruled
the Kingdom until the Burmese sacked it in 1767. Ayutthaya, the city of
enchantment is 76 km. North of Bangkok and boasts numerous magnificent
ruins, Such ruins indicate that Ayutthaya was one of Indo - China most
prosperous cities. Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park, a vast
stretch of historical site in the heart of Ayutthaya City, has been
included in UNESCO is list of world heritage since December 13, 1991.
Bang Pa-In Palace Originally, Bang Pa-In was a reverie island. Built as a palace on a lake in the middle of the island by King Prasat Thong (1630-1655). It was used as a country residence by every Ayutthaya monarch after King Prasat Thong until the new capital was established in Bangkok. It was left unoccupied for 80 years until King Mongkut had a house built in the old palace is compound. King Chulalongkorn constructed The Royal Palace as it is seen today.
Phra Sri Sanphet Temple, This important and most outstanding monastery is located in Grand Palace compound like Wat Phra Kaeo of Bangkok. Used as a residential palace, in 1500 a 16 meters high standing Buddha was cast by King Ramathipodi II. The image was covered with gold weighing some 170 kg. But destroying the in 1767, the Burmese set fire to the image to melt off the gold, completely image and the temple. Nearby are three Ceylonese style chedis built during the 15th century to enshrine the ashes of three Ayutthaya Kings. These were renovated in 1956. Phra Maha That Temple, It was built by King Ramesusn in 1384. The major construction was the high pagoda, or prang which was destroyed by Burmese invaders. When the government undertook to restore all Ayutthaya ruins in 1956, the Fine Arts Department excavated the pagoda and found a buried treasure chest containing many valuables. Among objects discovered were a relic of Lord Buddha, placed inside a golden casket, several golden Buddha images in different sizes and many other objects in gold, ruby and crystal.