Full Day: Ayuthaya & Bang Pa In With Shangri La Horizon (L)
Pick up from the hotel. Coach from Shangri-La Hotel departing at 08.30 to Ayuthaya in order to visit the famous ruins of the ancient Thai capital. The 16th-18th century temple ruins at Ayuthaya, 86km north of Bangkok, date from the most flourishing period of Thai history. Ayuthaya was the Thai capital from 1350, and 33 kings of various Siamese dynasties reigned here until the city was conquered by the Burmese in 1767. After the visit in Ayuthaya we continue the trip to Bang Pa In where we will visit the Royal Palace. Bang Pa-In was used as a country residence by every Ayutthayan monarch after King Prasattong, but when the new capital was established in Bangkok, Bang Pa-In was left unoccupied for 80 years. It was only during King Mongkut's reign (1851-1868) that Bang Pa-In regained importance as a Royal residence.
King Mongkut stayed there and had a new palace built. Lunch on the boat and cruise along the fabled Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok to Shangri-La pier where we will arrive at 17.00.