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A short trip around Bangkok throws you back in time...

Whizz in Bangkok's traffic on a tuk tuk, get to the top of the Golden Mount and walk the grounds of the Grand Palace. Yet you yearn to see more. Explore Ayutthaya's ancient ruins and graceful Summer Palace, kick back on a slow boat ride back to the modern capital. Make discoveries with unexpected delights.
  • Bangkok trodden by various means: tuk tuk, long tail boat and SkyTrain
  • Boat through the bustling Amphawa Floating Market at night
  • Illuminated night visit by tuk tuk inside Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Approach into Bangkok's night by a cruise from Ayutthaya

Journey route

Tour map of Bangkok and Ayutthaya

What's included

  • Private transfers and one English-speaking escort tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodations mentioned in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts at hotels and lunch for every guided day as detailed in the itinerary
  • Governmental taxes

Itinerary in detail

This sample itinerary provides inspiration yet your preferences are always the key to an awesome discovery.

Day 1 Bangkok | Hello, Bangkok!

Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok

Feel the heat wave once you land in Bangkok. Meet up with your private tour guide whose first word might be Sawadee-ka (Hello in Thai).
Transfer to your hotel in a private car and free at leisure for the rest of today.
Tailor-made Guidelines:
This short trip is also available for travelers who are already in Bangkok or expats living here. In that case, you will get a doorstep transfer arranged by us.

Day 2 Bangkok - Amphawa | Temples and Floating Market at Night

Private transfer Amphawa Na Non Hotel & Spa

Kick start your morning with a fresh coffee. Your private tour guide and driver greet you with a warm smile as embarking for today's exploration.
Firstly you will be taken to the landmark of Bangkok: Grand Palace and its shrine Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Walking the grounds of this royal compound, the importance of the Thai royal family will be explained lively by your insightful tour guide.
An hour of visit here is followed by a delicious lunch served at PEEPS Thai Eatery.
Take a short tuk tuk ride to Wat Pho, known for the gigantic reclining Buddha and many delicately decorated pagodas. It is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage and you will enjoy a 30-minute foot massage (cost included). A serial of hermit statues display some basic Thai massage techniques that you can even try at home.
Later, take a long-tail boat across the river to visit Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn. Chill out at a riverside cafe after the visit.
You won't be caught in the afternoon rush hours as you will hop on a SkyTrain, riding back to your hotel. Get your luggage and we will be on the way to Amphawa in the Samut Songkram Province. The drive takes about 3 hours given the afternoon traffic condition.
You will arrive before nightfall. Amphawa Floating Market shows its best at dusk as you weave your way through the canals full of vendor boats. Í
Stay overnight in a small yet lovely hotel near the floating market.

skytrain whizzing through skyscrappers in bangkok SkyTrain is a great way to explore Bangkok

Day 3 Amphawa - Ayutthaya | Railway Market and Ancient Ruins

Private transfer Sala Ayutthaya

Enjoy a brisk morning in Amphawa, followed by a morning visit to the intriguing Maeklong Railway Market. With a few active trains running straight through the market, shop keepers've adapted the skill to retrive their goods in 10 seconds as the train approaches.
Make your way to Ayutthaya in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, 160km away from Amphawa, taking 3 hours approximately. Enjoy a nicely done lunch at your hotel restaurant: Sala Ayutthaya Eatery And Bar, featuring a picturesque outdoor dining deck with breathtaking views of nearby temples and river life.
Have an afternoon break at your hotel before we start out an illuminated visit by tuk tuk before nightfall.
You will grab some local snacks at Banglan Night Market on the way to Ayutthaya Historical Park. Brightly lit up at night, this massive ancient ruin complex radiates an other-worldy magical atmosphere. Here, you will visit Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Chaiwattanaram, Wat Ratchaburana and the most famous Wat Mahathat that is known for the Buddha face encased by tree roots.
Return to your hotel and enjoy a restful night.

a train is approaching through maeklong railway market Vendor folding up sunshade as the train approaches, Maeklong Railway Market

Day 4 Ayutthaya - Bangkok | Ancient to Modern by a Boat Ride

Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok

As an ancient capital dating back to 1351, Ayutthaya still holds an important place for the Thai royal seats for the time being.
We will have another brief visit at the historical park, getting you to the most exquisite pagodas and carvings the ancient kingdom has to offer.
King Rama IV (1804-1868), known as King Mongkut in English-speaking countries, built Pa-In Summer Palace as his private summer retreat. This remarkably-maintained garden complex consists royal residence of inner and outer palaces, royal assembly hall and a pavilion built in the middle of a vast pond.
After a simple lunch, you will board the boat along the Chao Phraya River, cruising down to Bangkok within 3 hours. Relax and enjoy the changes of views passing by royal buildings, temples, villages and eventually Bangkok metropolis skyline.
You will be taken back to your hotel by a private car upon arrival in late afternoon.

ayutthaya historical park is a unesco world heritage site Ayutthaya has a lot to offer, not only for history buffs

Day 5 Bangkok | To Your Next Destination

Today you will proceed to your next destination or leave the country.
Thanks for traveling with Asia Highlights and we hope to see you again soon!

Asia Highlights handpicked hotels

Thailand never goes short of hotel choices. Only one category of hotels is used in this itinerary yet it can also be tailor-made to your own preferences.

superior sky room at eastin grand sathorn bangkok hotel
Bangkok Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok
  • #9 and granted Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor.
  • Centrally located in Sathorn, subway stations and malls nearby.
  • Superior Sky Room, 32sqm, higher floors and better city views.
deluxe room at amphawa na non hotel and spa
Amphawa Amphawa Na Non Hotel & Spa
  • #2 by TripAdvisor and newly open.
  • 10 minutes to the floating market, warm services.
  • Deluxe Room, 28sqm with balcony and soft beds.
deluxe room at sala ayutthaya
Ayutthaya Sala Ayutthaya
  • Winner of Certificate of Excellence and #1 on TripAdvisor.
  • Chic boutique hotels by the riverside, great services and food.
  • Deluxe Room, 40sqm, brightly decorated and soft beds.

Journey information

  • Best time for this trip: Bangkok, Amphawa and Ayutthaya share a lot in common weather-wise: temperature varies very little throughout the year with the average staying above 28c. Rainfall comes more often during May to mid-October.
    As for this very trip, most sightseeing and activities are outdoors, which can be greatly affected by weather. However, we always have plan B during the rain season: instead of outdoor visiting or boat rides, we will arrange more museums, private car transfer and the pace will be more loosen, giving you time to relax.
  • Guiding: For this 5-day journey, you will be accompanied by an escort tour guide who knows his/her way around all three destinations. Tour guide's mobility cost (transportation and accommodations) is included in the tour quotation.
  • Meals:Daily breakfast at hotels and lunches for days with sightseeing are included. So are some coffee breaks and dinners as detailed in the sample itinerary. Special reminder: the cost for coffee breaks is non-refundable even if you'd like to skip.
    For meals that are not included, your tour guides will suggest where and what to eat.
    Food in Thailand is mainly rice-based and you will eat a lot of vegetables, fish, chicken and beef. If you would like to make special arrangements, such as Halal or Kosher food, or none-dairy, please inform your travel advisor at the time of inquiry. We will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Transportation: You will have a private car in each destination; our cars are within 5 years of usage and your private drivers will be polite and drive with strong regard for safety.
    For the boat rides, we only work with legit licensed companies that make it through our anual assessment conducted by our local offices (emergency exit, first aid and life jackets are the things to be checked on).
  • Arrangements: Sightseeing, activities and accommodations that are mentioned in this tour you are looking at are just for your inspiration. Every detail can be changed to your own palate. Flexibility always applies.
    Discovery your way, Asia Highlights' motto suites you the best.
  • Responsible travel: Travel avails you with special experiences. Somehow its impact on the local community can be more beyond imagination and what Asia Highlights wishes to do is lead the impact onto a good path, a path that helps the local people (not only your tour guides) borden their outlook and the local communities develop.
    Instead of using the private cars at all times, we encourage our clients to try out some local transportation such as tuk tuk and SkyTrain, which helps reduce carbon emission while avoiding being caught up in the nasty traffic jams in Bangkok.
    Taking baby steps one at a time, we highly appreciate you would like to be part of it (of course, we can make other arrangements if needed).
    With that being said, detours to so-called factories, specialty workshops or gimmick visit to hill tribes are strictly prohibited. We make sure your tour guides earn enough to support their families without squeezing commissions out of you.
5 Days from $1,007p/p (Based on a 2-people private group)

Local guide

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Most of our guides in Thailand have at least 5 years of experience and their are extremely passionate for introducing you their motherland. We assign different guides in all destinations so as to better your chance blending with the locals.

Mini van

picture of asia highlights car used in thailand
All of vehicles are in good maintenance and with A/C. Experienced, polite and professional drivers take the wheel, they will ensure you have a safe and smooth ride. We have bottled water, wet tissues, first-aid kit and baby car seat equipped with our vehicles.

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