Bang Pa In, Ayutthaya Park and Cruise - English
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Bang Pa-in Summer Palace:
A few miles down the Maenam Chao Phraya from Ayutthaya is the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace. The site was first used by the royal court as a summer retreat in the 17th century. However, the Palace was destroyed with the fall of Kingdom of Ayutthaya and was restored by King Rama IV in the mid-19th century. Most of the buildings that exist today date from the reign of King Rama V, who regularly spent his summers there. The structures represent a variety of architectural styles, set in a large park around ponds and waterways. The only royal residence open to the public is the Chinese-style Wehat Chamroon Palace, constructed entirely of materials imported from China. In addition, there is an Italian-style palace, a circular pavilion with steps leading down to a pool, the graceful Thai-style Aisawan Tippaya Asna Pavilion in the middle of a lake, and, across one of the waterways, a Buddhist chapel in the neo-Gothic style with stained-glass windows. Scattered around the extensive gardens are European statues as well as monuments ordered to be built by King Rama V in memory of members of his family, one of them a much-loved Queen who drowned in a boating accident.
Ayutthaya Historical Park:
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya's historic temples are scattered throughout this once magnificent city and along the encircling rivers. Several of the more central ruins Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Na Phra Meru, Wat Thammikarat, Wat Ratburana and Wat Phra Mahathat can be visited on foot.
Grand Pearl Cruise:
A five-star pleasure yacht equipped with state of the large sea ship including damage art accessories. The hull structure is designed with top technology of the large sea ship including damage control system and life accessories. With expert captains and security men system will allow all passengers ensured of the top smooth and pleasure on board along the waterways.
Hotel Pickup in Bangkok; Fee Entrance; Licensed Guide-English Speaking; Join Cruise back to Bangkok with on board lunch.
Personal Expense, Gratuity.
Hours of operation
Available: Daily; Pickup time at 6:00am.
6:00am – 7:15am: Pick up from hotel and transfer to the river city shopping complex, Siphraya, next to Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel.
Morning by bus:
7:30am: Departure from Bangkok by Grand Pearl luxury air–conditioned coach with English speaking guide.
9:00am: Arrival at Bang Pa-In, visit the Summer Palace of King Rama V with its mixture of Thai, Chinese and Gothic architecture such as Aisawan Thiphya-At, Warophat Phiman, Wehart Chamrun, etc.
10:30am: Arrival at Ayutthaya, a World Heritage City and historic capital of Thailand. Visit Wat Mahatad, the royal monastery, served as the residence of supreme monk. Wat Phrasrisanphet, the largest and most important temple, was used as a residential palace. Wihan Phramongkhon Bophit, the large bronze Buddha image, was originally enshrined in the open area outside the grand palace and later covered by a building called Wihan.
Afternoon by cruise:
1:15pm: Welcome aboard the Grand Pearl Cruise Liner at Wat Chong-lom Pier Nonthaburi).
Sumptuous buffet lunch with a choice of a variety of oriental and western cuisines will be served, while you may relax and enjoy the fascinating scenery on the River of Kings. The cruiser will then head towards Nontaburi, past Koh Kred, The monn community before reaching Bangkok city.
3:00pm: Coffee will be served while you enjoy the enchanting sights along the River banks such as the colorful Royal Barges House, Thammasart University, Siriraj hospital, The Royal Grand Palace and the graceful Temple Of Dawn, with its magnificent 79 M. spire, Wat Kallayanamitr, one of the most renowed temples.
4:00pm: Arrival and disembark at the River City Shopping Complex Pier. Transfer back to hotel by air-conditioned van.
Approximately 13 hours.
Requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate. Maximum 6 passengers.
Guest must call to reconfirm tour within 48 hours.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
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