Tour: Day trip, By World Travel Service Thailand (Ayutthaya, Thailand)

Our trip to Thailand was not well planned, with only having 1-day rest from our N.Y. trip, I had overlooked at the fact that we will lose 1 day (as the Philippines is a day ahead) and would be forcing a trip to Thailand only after only a day of rest. Anyway, first night at Thailand we opted to just rest in the hotel and plan instead what we will be doing in the following days.

Thanks to our hotel receptionist, they provided us with a folder that had tour options. My husband is a bit spoilt and uncomfortable in the heat requested we book a private tour for the entire Thailand trip, who am I to reject the thought of comfort and convenience of having our own tour guide. It doesn’t come cheap, but we saw a lot in a short period of time, which included an aircon sedan car, personal tourist guide, water bottles, and buffet lunch.

Pick-up time was 8 am and the tour concluded at around 3 pm, the tour guide even provided prepared umbrellas, water bottles and wet towelettes, The service had an old world charm, opening your car door, carrying your bag, it all seemed like a service for a white governor living in the exotic jungles of Asia. Too bad they weren’t wearing white gloves, that would have completed their over-the-top service.  

Our first trip out of town was at the historic city of Ayutthaya, an hour drive outside Bangkok. It was founded in 1350 and became a commerce mecca in the 14th to 18th centuries, many merchants from all over the world visiting Ayutthaya, from diverse regions as the Arab world, China, India, Japan, Portugal, the Netherlands and France. In 1767 the Burmese invaded Ayutthaya and burned the temples and monasteries to the grounds leaving nothing but ruins and ashes. In 1991 it became listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is now visited as a popular day trip from Bangkok.

Day Trip: Ayutthaya, Chao Phraya River, Wat Chai Wattanaram, Wat Lokayasutharam, Wat Mahathat, Wat Na Phra Men

Since it was a day trip, there was no accommodation included in the tour, but we did get to see and experience a lot of places. 

As for food, we ate at Krungsri River Hotel where there was a coordinated buffet lunch, where my husband and I got our own table to eat at. An observation, I noticed a lot of Japanese tourists eating there, so I’m guessing it’s obviously sanitary there and delicious. 

Other expenses are tipping, Thailand is not clear about tipping but we just left THB500 for the two days, the tour guide and the driver had us for, we asked them to half it. I’m not sure if they heard us clearly. We even asked to be dropped elsewhere than our hotel, they were happy to accommodate the request.

Total for the entire trip is approximately $150AUD per adult, $300 for the two of us. 
Personal highlights for me were as follows:
• Being ridiculously frivolous and hiring a personal driver, car and tour guide for our tours in Bangkok. 
• Riding the irreplaceable “Neverdie” long tail boat at Chao Phraya River. It’s hard to ignore brown water, who knows what’s in it?
• Seeing the Wat Chai Wattanaram in the rain, and having our tour guide show us where their Queen’s holiday house is, which is on the other side of Chao Praya river. 
• Watching the lines of elephants transport tourists around Ayutthaya, while we watch from our hired tuk-tuk.
• The food, no matter where we ate, it was all full of flavour: spicy dishes, jam-packed with refreshing, sweet and pungent flavours.

Visited on: 5th November 2017

​​Our tour guide and car

​​Wat Na Phra Men

​​Wat Na Phra Men

​​Wat Na Phra Men, Incense

​​Wat Mahathat 

​​Wat Mahathat 

​​Wat Mahathat 

​​Wat Lokayasutharam

​​Wat Lokayasutharam
​​Wat Chai Wattanaram

​​Wat Chai Wattanaram

​​Wat Chai Wattanaram

​​Wat Chai Wattanaram

​​Tuk tuk ride to Krungsri River Hotel

​​Buffet lunch at Krungsri River Hotel

​​Inside Krungsri River Hotel Restaurant

​​Chao Phraya River

​​Favourite mode of transport by Asians

​​Ayutthaya street food

​​Ayutthaya street food, Roti Saimai

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