Historic Ayutthaya bicycle tour
2 x 208 €
- Ruins of Ayutthaya
- European-style Buddhist temple
- The local trails
- Chao Phraya River
- Ayutthaya Historical Park
- Wat Yai Chaimongkol with an enormous statue of the reclining Buddha
All about the trip
Towering chedis amidst crumbling ruins create the ancient city of Ayutthaya. Situated just north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya once claimed Thailand's capital, but that governance ended abruptly in 1767 when the city was sacked by Burmese invaders. Despite the destruction, these ruins emanate the city's prior dominance, beauty, and rich history.
An easy day ride, this tour reveals the historic treasures of Thailand. From the impressive ruins of Ayutthaya to a European-style Buddhist temple, this bike trip takes you off the beaten path and onto the local trails through authentic Thailand. After a short transfer from your Bangkok hotel, we'll take our bikes to explore the ruins of the impressive Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1991. Its distinct reputation is well earned–weathered layers of burnt bricks compose the stately stupas and chedis that guard these grounds. First, we'll see Wat Yai Chaimongkol and its towering chedi, one so large that it presently is sinking. Then, biking through the ancient city's walls, we'll visit Wat Phra Mahatat, the symbolic heart of the old city now famed for the picturesque tree roots that ensnarl its imbedded Buddha relic. Fruitful jujube trees still surround the Old Royal Palace, our next stop. From there we'll have time to continue exploring these precarious, precious structures, including the prominent Wat Chaiwattanaram.
The final ride to Wat Niwet Thamprawatang is a real pleasure as we must cross the river via cable cars. The ride up till here will give you an escape into the Thai countryside, riding on quiet roads passing by the local communities that line this part of the Chao Phraya River.
What is (and what is not) included in the price
- Water bottle
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Bike and helmet
- Snacks and drinks
- Entrance fees
- Ferry boat fares
- Accident insurance
Visitors must dress appropriately at some of these temples and if you are wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts you will be asked to cover up with a sarong. You can bring your own or rent one at the entrance. Also, please note that sandals must have an ankle or heel strap.
This activity is organised by SPiCEROADS, Soi Pridi Banomyong 26 Sukhumvit Soi 71 Klongtan Nua, Wattana Bangkok, 10110, Thailand, +66 89 895 5680, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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