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AYUTTHAYA THOUSAND GOLDEN TEMPLES CRUISE ITINERARY

Day One

10.00 am

Depart from the pier at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort. Once on board, we are pleased to welcome you with a glass of Champagne. After a brief introduction of the crew, we set sail on a journey of fascinating discoveries.

11.00 am

Arrive at Wat Kalayanamit, a relatively newer temple built in the reign of King Rama III.

11.45 am

Arrive at the magnificent Temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun, one of the best known temples in Bangkok which dates back to the Ayutthaya period.

12.30 pm

Arrive at the Royal Barges National Museum. The museum is home to an incredible collection of gilded boats with magnificently carved prows, including His Majesty the King’s personal barge, Suphannahongse. Built in 1911 to resemble a mythical swan, the boat is 46-metres-long and was carved from a single tree. 

1.00 pm

Lunch is served. Shortly after lunch, we will pass the man-made island of Koh Kret in Nonthaburi. Koh Kret is home to one of Thailand’s many ethnic minority groups, the Mon, who use the river’s fine clay to produce earthenware pots. Continuing along the river, spend the afternoon relaxing on board. 

4.00 pm

Tea time. A traditional English afternoon tea will be served, of sandwiches, fruit and chocolate cakes, scones with whipped cream and jam, as well as delicious cookies and pastries.

4.30 pm

A quick stop at Wat Pathum Khong Ka to feed the fishes as a simple way of gaining merit and good luck.

5.30 pm

Arrive at Wat Samakkiyaram in time to watch the sunset and moor for the night. Return to the deck for aperitifs and Thai canapés.

6.30 pm

Participate in a simple Thai cooking class with the chef.

7.30 pm

With Wat Samakkiyaram as a dramatic backdrop, a traditional Thai dinner will be served, including what you cooked with the chef earlier. Relax on deck with a glass of wine or nightcap before retiring to your stateroom for your first night on the river.



Day Two

8.00 am

Enjoy your freshly prepared breakfast. Recline on a deck lounger and watch river life float past.

9.00 am

We will stop briefly at Wat Bote to make merit with the monks, followed by a tour of the temple. 

12.00 pm

Lunch is served.

1.30 pm

We arrive at Wat Panancherng for a tour of this old monastery which houses Thailand’s largest ancient Buddha. This image, known as Luang Po To, was built in 1344 and is revered as the God Protector by the Chinese, who made up the majority of sailors at this time.

A limousine will then transfer you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya. Spend the afternoon exploring in the company of your guide. Visit the floating market where you can experience authentic food and handmade products.

5.30 pm

Take the limousine to Bang Pa In, where you will rejoin the boat. Along the way, you may wish to buy a bag of fish or a cage of small birds to release in a gesture of merit.

7.00 pm

Relax and freshen up before returning to the deck for aperitifs and Thai canapés.

7.30 pm

A traditional Thai dinner will be served on deck.



Day Three

8.00 am

Enjoy your freshly prepared breakfast.

9.00 am

Your guide will meet you at the boat and begin the tour of Wat Niwet Thammaprawat - one of the most intriguing Buddhist temples – where we will moor for the night. Wat Niwet Thammaprawat was constructed on the command of King Rama V in the style of an English Gothic church. The temple’s stained glass windows and unusual architecture makes it one of the most distinctive Buddhist temples in Thailand.

9.30 am

From Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, we will take a short walk to the Bang Pa In Summer Palace. The original palace was built by King Prasat Thong, and was used as a country residence for the later kings of the Ayutthaya period. However, after the capital moved to Bangkok, Bang Pa In was abandoned for 80 years, to be later revived by King Rama V, who commanded the construction of additional theatres, temples and monuments in a mixture of European, Chinese and Thai styles. We will explore the palace grounds by electric carts, although the site can also be easily walked.

10.30 am

Travel to Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre, which is under royal patronage, with a limousine transfer and guide. Here you can see a variety of Thai houses in regional styles and discover how Thailand’s rural people make handicrafts, which makes it a great place to shop.

12.30 pm

Rejoin us at the Bang Sai Royal Folk pier.

1.30 pm

A light Thai set lunch will be served as we head back to Bangkok.

4.00 pm

Tea time. A traditional English afternoon tea is served. 

4.30 pm

Arrive at the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort pier.


Notes

  • All times are approximations and may be subject to change depending on tidal activity.
  • There will be an additional charge of THB 3,000 net for a third language guide per trip.
  • An Ayutthaya cycling tour requires advance reservation of at least 14 days, and incurs an additional charge of THB 3,000 net per person / THB 5,000 net per couple.
*Foreign currency conversions are given as guidance only and are non-binding. Only the currency confirmed at time of booking is guaranteed.