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JennShio
Los Angeles, CA972 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
I book an Ayutthaya day trip with River Sun Cruise on hotels2thailand.com a month ahead of time for a Tuesday in June.
We get picked up at 6:45am at our hotel, and the van stops at two other hotels to pick up more passengers. We arrive the River City Shopping Complex around 7:15am and board a tour bus. I give them my voucher and we're given stickers to identify ourselves that we are with the River Sun Cruise Tour. We get a brochure to read while we're waiting for others to arrive. Our tour guide is Andy. At 7:40am, we leave. On our way to the first stop Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, Andy gives us a lot of information on the history of Thailand. At 8:30am, we arrive the Ayutthaya province. Ayutthaya is 6x times bigger than Bangkok, but not as busy.
At 8:45am, we arrive Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, originally built by an Ayutthaya King in the17th Century. If your shoulders or knees are showing, you will have to borrow clothing and pay a 200 BHT deposit. Once you return the clothing, you will receive your deposit back. We walked around the grounds. The palace is beautifully decorated in both traditional Chinese and European style. The Palace dates back to the reign of King Rama V, encircled by beautiful gardens and lake. The site as it stands today, however, is largely the work of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), who expanded the area into a Versaillesque garden filled with European-style buildings at the end of 19th century. The Palace dates back to the reign of King Rama V, encircled by beautiful gardens and lake.The buildings within the compound represent a variety of Thai, Chinese, Italian and Victorian styles. Until today, the Royal Family sometimes uses the palace as a residence, receptions or banquets. former residence of Thai Kings from 17th Century. Bang Pa-In has a captivating collection of marvelous pavilions in a variety of Thai, Chinese, Italian and Victorian architectural styles. The buildings within the compound represent a variety of Thai, Chinese, Italian and Victorian styles. Until today, the Royal Family sometimes uses the palace as a residence, receptions or banquets. former residence of Thai Kings from 17th Century. Bang Pa-In has a captivating collection of marvelous pavilions in a variety of Thai, Chinese, Italian and Victorian architectural styles.
After Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, it's a 20 minute bus ride to Ayutthaya. 10:20am We arrive at Ayutthaya, the Ancient City, which was the former Thai capital for over 400 years. Nowadays the glory and the beauty of the grand palace and Temples in the past has vanished leaving merely a glimpse of ruins, despite this it is a good reflection of the past. Over 600 years old, Wat Maha That was the heart and soul of the Ayutthaya people. It was almost completely destroyed by the Burmese during Thai-Burmese war.
A Buddha head entwined within the roots of a tree is one of the most recognisable images from Thailand. Nobody knows for certain how the Buddha head became entwined in the roots of the tree. One theory suggests that the tree simply grew around the Buddha head during the period when the temple lay abandoned and overgrown. Another theory is that a thief moved the Buddha head away from the main temple to hide it. This ancient temple was built during the 14th century, but was reduced to ruins in 1767 when the Burmese army invaded Ayutthaya, the capital of Siam. The temple was destroyed by the Burmese who also vandalised many of the Buddha images in Ayutthaya by lopping off the heads. The area remained abandoned and overgrown until the 1950s when the Department of Fine art began restoration work in Ayutthaya.

11:25am We go to Wat Na Phra Mane– This is the only temple in Ayutthaya which remains in perfect condition after the second attack of Burmese in Thai-Burmese war. This is because the temple was used as the Burmese military headquarters during the war. There's a big Golden Buddha, and there's real gem stones. We get blessed with holy water by a Buddhist monk and receive a bracelet.

11:55am We go to our last stop Wat Lokayasutharam has a mysterious past, however its origins are unknown. The temple enshrines a Largest Reclining Buddha Image, constructed in Early Ayutthaya period Region.

12:15pm We drive for about 45 minutes for our river lunch cruise on the Chao Praya River, the River of Kings. At 1pm, we arrive the pier, enter the boat, and get seated at our dining table. The buffet lunch is delicious. I liked the pineapply shrimp curry and the fried fish with celery. There was also chestnut coconut milk shave ice. About 3:40pm, we're back at River City. We tip our tour guide Andy, who was excellent and always gave us a lot of history and detailed information. We were then driven back to our hotel by different drivers.
We really enjoyed our day trip to Ayutthaya and would definitely recommend it!
Written June 28, 2016
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ScoutKatie
Tucson, AZ96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Family
We really enjoyed our tour with River Sun Cruises. In fact, we liked it so much that when we came back with our 23 year old son a year later, we used the same company again, and enjoyed it just as much, if not more!

Like many of the Ayutthaya tours, we met at 7:30 AM behind the River City shopping center and got in large air-conditioned buses. The bus didn't actually leave until about 8:00 as they were waiting for all of the people to arrive - many were being brought from their hotels by van shuttles.

It's about a 1 1/2 hour drive to the Bang Pa palace - the summer retreat for the Thai royal family. There are some great gardens and interesting architecture there. We spent about an hour there.

Then we drove to the Ayutthaya ruins. There are a few different stops to see the ruins, including one to see the giant reclining Buddha. One is a stop where there is a Buddha head that has been overtaken by tree roots - makes an interesting picture. The ruins are reminiscent of those at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

We had different tour guides both times but enjoyed them both. We had a woman the second time who was especially good. Sorry I can't remember her name but she is from the Ayutthaya area and has been a guide for many years.

There are plenty of people trying to sell you things at each stop along the way, usually for quite inflated prices. Our tour guide told us what prices should be and helped some people shop a bit. We negotiated on our own but were glad to have the price guidance.

After stopping to see the ruins, we stopped at a pagoda complex for a few minutes as well. Then we went to the boat. I enjoyed the drive around the Ayutthaya area as well because there were interesting sights - the houses, the chicken statues for sale, the decorative light poles with elephants and birds on them, the shrines outside of homes and businesses, etc.

On the river cruise back to Bangkok the food was good Thai fare. Drinks are purchased separately. We could sit where we liked, but some folks were asked to move so that bigger groups could all sit together. More than one busload of people were on the boat - I think there were 3 busloads on the boat. You could walk out on the deck and sit there as well as at your table. And, after the meal, I moved around and sat at different tables when I wasn't outside. The view along the river was great!

No breakfast/snacks are served, so if you take this tour, do be sure and bring your own if you haven't already eaten breakfast before the tour. At various stops along the way you can buy drinks and snacks, though.

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and do recommend it to our friends.
Written August 7, 2012
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Anouk_0501
Bucharest, Romania116 contributions
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We booked this one when we arrived at the hotel and we were so lucky to have met Victor, the most fabulous tour guide I've ever met, such a warm heart, a beautiful soul!!

The tour starts quite early in the morning, around 6:45 and you gp by bus to a summer palace of the king, then you arrive to Ayutthaya relics, after that you go to see The Reclining Buddha and on the way back you are on a bog ship admiring Chao Praya river and having a delicious meal on board.

This is a very short presentation of the tour, because the tour is simply fascinating and that is thanks to a great spirit, who is the lovely Visit Kamnerd, on his real name, or his alias, Victor. I was so intruiged by him that I asked him for his visit card and that is how I know his name.

He is such a good soul, he truly knows the history behind Ayutthaya relics and he is the kind of guide that will tell you what he knows even if you don't ask. He is so generous that he wants to share his wisdom and his knowledge. He is happy to take photos of you and your family, of you and your partner, I am delighted to have met such an extraordinary human being.

Me talking like this about Victor might sound a bit too much, I am not paid to review this, I have no interest whatsoever and it is my true opinion about a person with whom I felt I can relate and I felt that he loves his profession, he loves people and he is a kind man. You'll see exactly what I'm talking about when you'll see him. I am just a Romanian tourist admiring dedication and a beautiful soul.

He even sang to us on the way back to Bangkok, we were all asleep in the bus after a long hot day and he woke us up with a sweet emotional song, he sang to us!!! And if that isn't a great special person, I don't know what it is!

The tour is amazing, you will see the relics that were burnt by the thai in order to save the gold from the statues and monuments, when they were attaked by Burmese people (Myanmar).

Also, Buddha's head in tree roots is something truly unique, it is a World Heritage Monument and it is absolutely marvelous.

Lunch was good, this was an opportunity for us to discover the Tom Yum shrimp soup, after this tour we every day ordered this one. What I particularly like about these meals served on tours is that you have a buffet and you can try many type of food and experience nice flavors that probably you wouldn't in a restaurant. That's how you discover what you like most of their traditional food :-D:-D

And this, combined with what I told you about Victor, will most definitely make an unforgettable day for your holiday in Bkk!

Cost: around 50 euros per person
Duration: ~ 8 hrs

Definitely worth your time & money! !:-)
Written March 12, 2015
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Jamie S
Allentown, PA58 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016
I was SO excited for this trip. I LOVE history to see a city of ruins was incredibly exciting for me. We rode about 1.5 hours to get there... and barely stayed an hour. We stopped, on the way up and back, at a number of Temples and the King's summer palace. They were all neat to see but the tour was of Ayutthaya and we were barely there. If you google Ayutthaya -- the image you'll likely see -- you won't even get to go to that place with this tour! SUPER bummed!
Written July 27, 2016
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Rperezf
Switzerland53 contributions
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Aug 2015 • Family
We hired an excursion in the Bangkok Airport for visiting the Wat Pho temple and the Golden Buddha as well as a Tour in the City.

They arrived on time to our hotel, they bring us to the Wat Pho temple and my first surprise was that our guide didn't explained anything inside the different buildings. She just brought us from one building to another. My second surprise was that we didn't see the Golden Buddha at all, and the third was that it was "mandatory" to visit some shops in the visit ("they should tell you in the Airport", she said).

As a summary, I have been cheated and I want to share with the readers. Take a lot of care with River Sun Cruise!!.
Written August 14, 2015
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June S
Singapore508 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
We booked our full day tour to Ayudtthaya by River Sun Cruise online via Bangkok.com before arriving in Thailand. Confirmations by email informing us of our expected pickup time at 630 am at our hotel lobby was promptly received. On the actual day a minivan rounded us about 5 of us up at 645am. Arriving at the riverfront centre, a 42 seater air conditioned bus waited for us. Our 1hr ride to Bang Pa-In Palace was comfortable as our guide filled us in with the facts and trivia of Thailand. It didn't matter that his thai-English was not in perfect English, there was enough vocabulary for us to understand his jokes. On arrival at every location he would mention at least three times (15 mins past 10, ten fifteen, 45 mins from now at 10:15 ) the time and location to regroup for the next destination. There was elderly on wheel chair which he would always give information like buggy services in order to cover the grounds. We kept good time and everyone had sufficient time for picture taking and some exploring. Some of us gathered round an artist craving on pieces of calf leather, he would give us some information about the craft but not pushy in anyway to make us buy. Our guide accompanied us on the palace grounds and at Ayudtthaya giving us enough information both historical and factual to allow us a glimpse of the glory days of Siam Kingdom. He would tell us how long is the bus ride to our next attraction so that we would know how to prepare for hydrating ourselves on a very hot day. By 1pm, we boarded River sun cruise for lunch and a slow relaxing cruise back to Bangkok. The ship looked rather old but well maintained, the sailing was smooth and comfortable. I didn't have high expectations of the food standard nor variety based on other tripadvisor reviews, but I was pleasantly wrong. The spread was hot, good selection , nice to yum Kung soup and nice desserts. There was plenty enough for everyone on board. Only compliant was the weak coffee. We arrived promptly as scheduled back at the same centre 1530, where the same minivan driver was waiting to send us back to our hotel. It was an enjoyable day out. Well done, River Sun Cruise.
Written December 16, 2014
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
This excellent way to appreciate Ayutthaya is divided in two parts. We departed Bangkok by air conditioned coach,past 23 km of standstill traffic. Very quickly we were whizzing past lush green paddy fields and areas of industrial expansion. Upon arrival,you are faced with bygone glories and grandeur of the former capitol of Thailand.
Despite the ravages of time and human destruction,the ruins of the palaces,temples and pagodas still offer a glimpse of their splendid past. First up was Ba Pa-In Palace,a favourite summer resort for Thai royalty in former times. It is beautifully restored to its diverse architectural style which you notice in the various royal halls that typify Thai, European and Chinese heritage.
Next up is Wat Maha That a superb 600 year old pagoda that contains a holy relic of Buddah. Ambling along we entered Wat Na Phra Mane,a fine example of early Ayutthaya design,housing a rare Buddah image adorned in royal attire. It is fascinating,to review the one of the largest reclining buddahs. The area is surrounded by moats,ponds and manicured gardens.
In the afternoon we cruised back to Bangkok via the mighty Chao Phraya River onboard the air- conditioned River Sun boat. Thank your lucky stars for the air-con. The slow , relaxed pace as the views of everyday life along the Klongs is enchanting,as you see people,their homes and their work,glide by. A delicious buffet lunch ensued... .but hold your resolve, as the human tide rushing for the feed is deplorable.Its the only thing marring our superb experience.
Written September 27, 2013
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3littlepigsgotroppo
Bathurst, Australia572 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
We took the tour on an extremely hot day, even though we aren't big bus tour people the alternatives would have been very unpleasant in that weather.
Our scheduled hotel pick up was 6.45 but our driver arrived at our hotel at 6.30 and transferred us to the big bus behind River City. The main bus actually pulled out earlier than the scheduled time so we got a head start on the other buses. Our guide was Donna who was very amusing and very interesting. If you werent a native English speaker I think you may have had issues understanding her when she spoke quickly but she was very accessible at each stop to take questions and explain anything people may have missed. She was great at making sure everyone had a nice photo of themselves at each of the attractions we visited, she's an expert with all kinds of cameras!
The palace at Bang Pa was amazing, I had no idea it was there, we walked around with the guide who had little anecdotes about a number of the sites.
The ruins at Ayutthaya were just as I expected, very extensive and quite fascinating.
I hadnt realised we would drive an hour back to catch the ferry, you are nearly back into BKK where you board. I liked that the seats were allocated and you could wander around but have a seat to come back to. Food was very nice, quite a variety and plenty for everyone. They served some people coffee and tea and cookies not long before we got back to River City but the tables at the front where we were sitting missed out, didnt bother us, the coffee was the standard drip filter muck they serve on planes and there was no milk, only powdered creamer.
The river cruise was a very pleasant way to see the sights along the banks and a good way to fill in the afternoon.

Overall we enjoyed the trip very much. When you book shop around for prices, there seems to be a range that we saw from THB 1550 to 2200 for identical tours. Also check which boat your cruise back is on as there are a number that do the same thing.

One hint for a very hot day - The guide has an assistant who checks numbers of passengers and hands out cool towels after you have walked around the sites. My husband asked if he could keep our bottles of water in the big tub of ice she had under the bus, she was happy to do that and brought them back on the bus for us after we had been off walking around in the heat. It was very kind of her, we really appreciated having a cold drink after a hot walk. Of course we showed our appreciation with a nice tip at the end of the tour! Worth a thought if its a super hot day when you go!
Written May 6, 2013
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Jason C
Nashua, NH25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
Great way to spend a day in Thailand. I have been living in Thailand for about a year and a half, and this was one of the best day trips I've experienced. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and stays with you for the entire trip (unless you choose to go off on your own). You are given plenty of time (in my opinion) to take pictures and explore each stop on the tour.

Lunch is served at around 1:30 on the boat ride back to Bangkok. There is a great selection of delicious food and also there are many Thai deserts to sample. The boat ride itself is very comfortable and it gives you a great view of the city. My only complaint would be all of the people smoking on the upper deck. They made it nearly impossible to sit outside.

I would also like to add that I lost my camera at one of the last stops in Ayutthaya. After a quick word with the tour guide, he called each of the locations and actually managed to find my camera. Someone from the company brought it back to Bangkok for me first thing the next day.

I'm very satisfied with this trip and very grateful to the company for their help. I'd surely recommend this trip to anyone visiting thailand for any amount of time.
Written April 16, 2015
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JPEZ2013
Phuket, Thailand31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Family
I've been to Thailand dozens of times over the past 20 years but never been to Ayuttayah. We decided to do the tourist thing and take a day trip with River Sun Cruises. The price was great as they pick up and drop off from your hotel. A bus trip to Ayuttayah plus all the sightseeing then a nice river cruise back to Bangkok together with a buffet lunch. Our guide was Donna. A very funny and interesting woman. She was full of wonderful stories and kept us entertained all day. While Ayuttayah may not be the most exciting archeological site in SE Asia it was a nice day out and gave you a chance to watch Thailand life go by from both road and water. If you have a few days to sport in Bangkok and have seen the big tourist attractions I would recommend this tour. Thank you Donna and Sun River Cruises.
Written October 13, 2014
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