These ancient cities are the cradle of modernization of the Siam Kingdom. Long before Thailand, as you see it today, the history of this kingdom lies within the ruins ample with reminiscent of the past. Temples that signifies the influence of the Khmer Kingdom filled with tales and myth behind this architecture. All of it awaits you on this full-day exploration.
Your excursion commences at your hotel lobby where you are greeted by our guide. We head north towards our first stop, Lopburi City. As you enter the region, notice numerous numbers of monkeys running around freely and even more at the Khmer-inspired landmarks of Prang Sam Yot.
Continue to nearby San Pra Kan, a small shrine local worship a four-armed Vishnu figure affixed with a Buddha’s head and several images of Buddha and Hindu gods.
Head to Narai Ratchaniwet Palace. It was built in the late 17th century. Contributed by the French architects, the palace has a unique mixture of Khmer-European styles. It once played a significant role when Lopburi was declared the second capital of Siam by King Narai the Great. Later was abandoned when King Narai passed away.
The historical park of Ayutthaya consists of various ruins and temples of the old city. It was also called Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. The UNESCO declared this vast stretch of historical sites in their list of the World Heritage since December 1991. Visit Wat Lokayasutharam, a massive temple ruins with 42-meter long reclining Buddha statue. The main highlight and most sought after locates at Wat Mahathat, where you marvel at the Buddha head entangled by tree roots that dominate the temple.
Proceed to Wat Chaiwattanaram that sits on the riverside, an impressive temple that is sought after by both local and foreign tourists. Navigate this Khmer style royal temple that was used by the King during the Ayutthaya era. Visit Ayutthaya most important temple, Wat Phra Si Sanphet. The temple is the same type as the famous Bangkok temple, the royal temple that stands in the palace complex without residence monks. Proceed to the large bell shape stupas, and feel free to walk around and take photos.