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Romance on the Chao Phraya – Cruising to World Heritage Site, Ancient Ayutthaya

Chao Phraya – River of Kings – the artery of Thai life since ancient times – still at the heart of Thai culture today as it continues to serve the kingdom and all that live and work on its banks.

A relaxing river cruise can be a perfect ingredient for a honeymoon, watching nature and life along the banks drift by under a clear blue sky with caressing breezes and shimmering sunlight enhancing your feelings of love. As you travel north on the Chao Phraya from Bangkok, you will be taken back in time from cosmopolitan architecture to more traditional homes and businesses.

A number of companies offer river cruises with different classes of service. Whichever you choose, your river journey will still seem magical. Along with the sights on the banks will be all the river traffic, long tail boats, river taxies, ferries and barges still shipping produce and products north and south. When the river quiets, you will be able to hear the songs of birds floating on the breezes that create whispering melodies in the trees. While many try, it still isn’t possible to compare riding in a gondola in Venice or cruising the canals of Stockholm and Amsterdam or along Germany’s Rhine River to exploring the Chao Phraya. Exploring the Chao Phraya is unique in its own way, and then there Bangkok’s and Ayutthaya’s canals that formed the Kingdom’s transport and communication network, the reason why these cities have been called the 'Venice of the East'. Hire your own boat or book an exclusive tour to discover the verdant nature and traditional life still nestled in the realms of Bangkok and the former Thai capital, Ayutthaya,

The UNESCO World Heritage Ayutthaya Historical Park takes you back to a glorious Thai renaissance when Ayutthaya reigned supreme. You can discover it all from the back of an elephant, which you can hire at the Wang Chang Ayutthaya La Phaniat where you can also see the elephants perform in addition to the show at Ayothaya Elephant Village. During your visit, be sure to see the well-preserved Wat Mahathat and Phra Borom That Chedi in the center of the old capital. Then there is Wat Phanon Choeng where you will see one of the oldest, largest and most revered Buddha images in Thailand for which the temple is named. Nearby is Wat Lokyasutharam, home to Ayutthaya’s largest reclining Buddha. After the sites, be sure to visit the Ayothaya Floating Market and Ayodhya International Market followed by Bang Pa-In Palace before boarding your boat for a candle-lit dinner cruise after the sun sets and romance ascends to celebrate your love and heritage tour of Sri Ayutthaya.

How to get there

Travel from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. Many routes as follows:

Take Highway 1 (Phahon Yothin) via Pratunam Pra. Then turn right on Highway 32, turn left onto Highway 309 into the job.
Take Highway 304 (Road) and Highway 302 (Mall Road), turn right onto Route 306 (Street Rd), then cross the bridge or bridge Nonthaburi ivory hue. Pathum Thani province to continue with the route. Pathum Thani - Sam - Sena (Highway 3111), turn right at the junction Sena district. 3263 Highway into the job.
The route Bangkok - Nonthaburi - Pathum Thani. Highway 306 to the junction bridge Thani. Turn onto Highway 347 and then to Highway 3309 via Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre. Bang Pa Sign Ayutthaya
Take the Express No. 9 (Si Rat Expressway) via Nonthaburi - Pathum Thani. Expressway to Highway 1 through the Bang Sai Arts and Crafts. Turn left and follow the signs to Highway 3469 Bagpahan. The intersection (junction Chet King) and turn right to Ayutthaya.
Bus Transport Company bus service layer 1 and layer 2 to Ayutthaya daily from 4:30 to 19:30 pm. Buses leave every 15 minutes several times a day. From the Northern Bus Terminal on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road contact us for more details at Tel. 0 2936 2852-66 Ayutthaya bus station Tel. 0 3533 5304 or www.transport.co.th.

Train trip to Ayutthaya can take a passenger train with destination to the North and Northeast, which is served daily. The train will pass Ayutthaya, Bang Pa-in district. Ayutthaya and Phachi The train will then split north and north-east at the junction Phachi home. In addition, the railway company to train steam locomotive traveling between Bangkok - Ayutthaya special occasions year 3 convoy was on March 26 (the day inaugural train and a day to commemorate the opening of the first railway line running between Bangkok. - Nakhon Ratchasima in 2433) on October 23 (Chulalongkorn Day. To commemorate King Rama V. Thailand, who gave birth to Train Operation) and December 5 (the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej).

For more details, contact the State Railway of Thailand Tel. 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020, 0 220 4334, 0 2220 4444, 1690 Ayutthaya Railway Station Tel. 0 3524 1521 or www.railway.co.th.

Boat trip to Ayutthaya, the water is popular with foreigners, because in addition to sightseeing and the lives of the people along the Chao Phraya River and then. It also rolled out the history of the Ayutthaya era and promoted trade with foreign boat on this river.

For more information

Private Bangkok – Ayutthaya River Cruise
• Manora Dream Tel: +662476 0022 ext. 1416
www.manohracruises.com
• Mekhala Cruise Boat Tel: +6683 540-9529
www.mekhala.com
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Tourism Authority of Thailand Ayutthaya Office
Tel. +6635 246 076-7
www.thai.tourismthailand.org

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