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Tour of Ayutthaya

Bangkok, Thailand

Enjoy a day tour to Ayutthaya, Thailand's second capital for over four centuries. The city's scattered ruins, colossal Buddhas, decaying chedis, and multitude of soaring wats restored by the Fine Arts Department provide eloquent testimony to the splendor of this medieval metropolis.

Begin with a visit to Bang Pa In, or, Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. Highlights include a delicate water pavilion, an elaborate pavilion modeled after a Chinese royal palace, and a six-sided Gothic-style tower.

The white marble memorial across the small white bridge honors Chulalongkorn's first queen, who tragically drowned in full view of her entourage. At the time of the 1881 incident, royal law demanded death for any commoner who dared touch royalty.

Continue taking in, and exploring, the legendary ruins that have made Ayutthaya famous the world over.

Afterwards, board an air-conditioned ship (joined by others) and enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Chao Phraya River while a savory buffet lunch is served on-board.

Return to the hotel at approximately 5:00 PM.

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