Ayutthaya Thousand Golden Temples with Anantara Cruises

Highlights

Anantara Cruises, Thailand (previously known as Manohra Cruises) invites you to journey back to a time when the majestic Chao Phraya River was the heart of Thai life. Step aboard our exquisite fleet of 100 year old rice barges, painstakingly rebuilt from shining teak and lavishly converted to their present splendour. Embark on a historical voyage in modern comfort and explore the famous landmarks for an enthralling Bangkok cruise tour.

What to expect

Set off on a three day, two night Bangkok cruise for a one-of-a-kind journey on a watery highway into the heart of Thailand. Enjoy indulgent days aboard the Anantara Song or the Anantara Dream while travelling north on Ayutthaya Thousand Golden Temples Tour. Drink up views of the former capital’s crumbling city walls from the outdoor sun deck. Take a shore excursion to explore the grandeur of temples such as Wat Mongkhon Bophit, which was built to protect one of the country’s largest bronze Buddhas, a statue that dates to the 15th century.

Marvel at stately temples and lively markets and observe Thailand’s exquisite natural beauty from the deck of a majestic teak vessel. Catch a glimpse of splendid museums and unmask historic tales whilst basking in the luxurious setting of one of the most sought after Bangkok river cruises. Experience the unique rhythm of life upon the River of Kings.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Depart For Ayutthaya

    10:00 hrs. Depart from the pier located in front of Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa. Once on board, your experienced crew will serve a welcome chilled herbal drink.

    10:50 hrs. Arrive at the Temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun. This is one of the best known temples in Bangkok and dates back to the ancient Ayutthaya period. We will stop here for a short guided tour and depart at 11:30am.

    11:50 hrs. Arrive at the Royal Barges National Museum. This is one of Bangkok’s most fascinating sites, not seen anywhere else in the world. The museum is home to an incredible collection of gilded and ornately decorated 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. All the barges kept here are unique in their portrayal of incredible craftsmanship.

    13:00 hrs. Lunch is served. Shortly after your lunch, Anantara Song will pass the manmade island of Koh Kret in Nonthaburi Province which is populated by one of Thailand’s many ethnic minority groups, the Mon people, who use the river’s fine clay to produce earthenware pots. Then as we continue our journey, spend the afternoon relaxing on board, watching vivid snapshots of river life unfold.

    16:00 hrs. Tea Time. A traditional English afternoon tea will be served. Sip on a selection of teas, accompanied by tea sandwiches, fruit and chocolate cakes, scones with whipped cream and jam, as well as delicious cookies and pastries.

    16:30 hrs. A quick stop at Wat Pathum Khong Ka to feed the fish which offers a simple way of gaining merit and good luck. This promotes the Buddhist cycle of life by feeding the fish so they in turn can produce life. Some of these carp fish are giants!

    17:00 hrs. Arrive at Wat Samakkiyaram in time to watch sunset and moor for the night.

    19:00 hrs. Relax and freshen up in your private en-suite stateroom, before returning to the deck for aperitifs and Thai canapes.

    20:00 hrs. With Wat Samakkiyaram as a dramatic backdrop, a traditional Thai dinner will be served, after which you can relax on deck with a glass of wine or nightcap before retiring to your stateroom for your first night on the river.

    Overnight : Pathumthani

    Meal : Lunch / Dinner

  • Day 2 : Ayutthaya

    08:30 hrs. An early start and wonderful chance to make merit with the Monks of Wat Samakkiyaram, followed by a tour of the temple. Thai Buddhists believe that by making merit they earn happiness, peace and the chance to progress in their next life, while this sacred experience creates a harmonious way to start the day for all.

    09:00 hrs. Enjoy your freshly prepared breakfast. Recline on a deck lounger and watch river life float past as you cruise up the Chao Phraya River through the Thai countryside.

    13:00 hrs. Mediterranean set lunch is served.

    14:00 hrs. Anantara Song arrives at Wat Panancherng for a tour of this old monastery which houses Thailand’s largest ancient Buddha image. This image, known as Luang Po To, was made in 1344 and is revered as the God Protector by the Chinese, who made up the majority of sailors at this time.

    A limousine with guide will then transfer you to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. This ancient capital was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong and it was from here that the Siamese ruled their Kingdom for 417 years.

    Spend the afternoon exploring Ayutthaya in the company of an expert guide. Enjoy the chance to ride an elephant, and as Ayutthaya is such a large area, your limousine driver will wait for you and provide a tour of the city’s outer areas.

    17:30 hrs. Take a limousine transfer to Bang Pa In, one of the 16 districts of Ayutthaya, where you will rejoin Anantara Song. Along the way you may wish to buy a bag of fish or a cage of small birds for you to release back to nature in a local gesture of making merit.

    Across from Bang Pa In is Wat Niwet Thammaprawat – one of the most intriguing Buddhist temples – and this is where we will moor for the night. Wat Niwet Thammaprawat was constructed at the command of King Rama V in 1878 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.

    19:00 hrs. Relax and freshen up in your private en-suite stateroom before returning to the deck for aperitifs and Thai canapes.

    20:00 hrs. A traditional Thai dinner will be served on deck.

    Overnight : Ayutthaya

    Meal : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

  • Day 3 : Bang Pa In Summer Palace & Sang Sai Royal Crafts Center

    08:00 hrs. Enjoy your freshly prepared breakfast.

    09:00 hrs. Your personal guide will meet you at Anantara Song and begin the tour of Wat Niwet Thammaprawat.

    09:30 hrs. 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 on the island 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 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 hrs. Travel to Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre with a limousine transfer and guide to enjoy the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. Here you can see a variety of Thai houses in regional styles and discover how Thailand’s rural people make handicrafts such as fern basketry, silk flowers, hand woven silk and cotton, silk dyeing, wood carving, miniature hand modeled dolls and traditional furniture, which make it a great place to shop. After a short guided tour, we will depart at around noon.

    12:30 hrs. Rejoin Anantara Song at the Bang Sai Royal Folk Pier.

    13:30 hrs. A light Thai set lunch will be served as we head back to Bangkok.

    16:00 hrs. Tea time. A traditional English afternoon tea is served. Sip on a selection of teas, accompanied by delicious cookies and pastries.

    16:30 hrs. Arrive at the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa Pier.

    Meal : Breakfast / Lunch

Book & Pay online

฿112,000.00

Price includes

  • Round transfers hotel/airport to the Manohra Cruises pier (Bangkok only)
  • Welcome with Champagne toast on board
  • 2 night accommodation on board in our 2 en-suite signature staterooms
  • All meals on board during the journey
  • Non-alcoholic beverages during the journey
  • Deluxe amenities in your stateroom
  • Private multi-lingual speaking guide
  • Admissions charges at designated places
  • Private limousine transfers to visited sites on the second day
  • Service Charge, VAT 7% and all Government Tax

Price does not include

  • Any Air ticket & Airport Tax
  • Entrance fees to sites that are not in the program
  • Soft drinks or other refreshments during local tours
  • Camera fee at Royal Barge museum (THB 100 / camera) or other sites
  • Boat rides at Bang Pa In
  • Electric car rental in Bang Pa In (THB 400 /1 car/4 pax)