Ayutthaya Sacred Experience – Historical Park, Temples and Meditation

Ayutthaya Sacred Experience

We believe that the best way to connect with busy, popular tourist attractions is to look at them from a different perspective!

By visiting some of Ayutthaya top tourist attractions with one of our special Travel Guru’s, you will be able to get beneath the first-glance impressions of some of the most interesting and historical sites of the city, and learn about how they have shaped modern Thai culture, while learning both why and how these sacred practices are used!

Book the Ayutthaya Sacred Experience to connect with Thailand on a deeper level, learn local customs, history, culture and discover Ayutthaya the way only locals know it!

All bookings are private, so booking with friends works out more cost-effective, as you share some of the expenses (such as guide, transport, etc). Discounts are auto-magically applied when you make your reservation.


Ayutthaya Sacred Experience



Item Details
Meeting Point A designated point near Mochit Bus Terminal (given after reservation)
End Point Mochit BTS Station
Duration Up to 8 hours
Physical Level Moderate - this experience involves short-distance walking around sites in the sun
Cultural Rating Moderate - a good balance of cultural interactions, history and site-seeing
Ages 18+ (younger must be accompanied by an adult - babies 2 years old or younger may join for free)
Group Size Private - Max 6 people per booking


Itinerary for visiting the Ayutthaya Historical Park, Temples and Meditation Lesson

After joining your guide at the designated meeting point (given to you after making your reservation, you will travel towards one of the most important places in Thailand, the Ayutthaya Historical Park! The journey from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is roughly 1-1.5 hours, depending on traffic. We are arriving early, though it may still be busy! While most guides will just go over some of the basic site features, we will take you deeper while exploring the ancient ruins and their relevance to modern Thai culture and beliefs, including the origins of the Ramakien, which is the foundation of Thai Buddhism. Looking at paintings of the Ramakien (the story of Buddha on which modern Thai culture is based upon). This city is rich in history, as it was once the capital of Siam for more than 400 years, before being sacked by the Burmese. This tour of these breathtaking monuments reveals a hidden history of cruelty and persecution.

Before we get into the temple hopping, we will start your sacred experience with a brief lesson in Thai Buddhist meditation. Meeting with a monk, you will be taught how and why it is used commonly throughout Thailand. Having this time with a monk will also open the floor to ask some other questions which may be on your mind, to help understand Thai culture on a more intimate level.

From here we will begin your tour through the historic park of Ayutthaya. Though not really a park, this sleepy island town is filled with history and wonder. The sites we will visit will include Wat Phra Si Sanphet (home of the famous Buddha head, intertwined with tree roots), Wat Lokkayasutharam's “Reclining Buddha” and Boran Palace (Wang Luang) “The Rear Palace” Royal residence. These sites are amongst the most important in Ayutthaya, if not in Thailand's history, and are a highlight for many guests' journey to Thailand.

While visiting Wang Luang palace, you will also learn a very important practice in Thai Buddhism: How to pray and pay respect to the giant Buddha statues found in every temple across the country. You will learn how to "wai" (bowing with the hands in prayer position), and why this is done. This will not only give you a broader insight into what you'll experience in other parts of the country but probably win you some merit points with the locals you encounter as well!

In addition to this, we will also learn the Chinese tradition of how to pray with sacred sticks that give you a superstitious number. Thailand has a rich and diverse culture that has had many influences through the centuries. With Buddhism first being introduced from South Asia in a region now known as India and Sri Lanka, as well as many traditions and beliefs coming from the Far East, now known as China.

After some solid learning and site-seeing, we will now fill our bellies with some of the best food Ayutthaya has to offer. We can meet most dietary needs (vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free, etc) - just let your guide know at the beginning of the tour.

Finally, to end our journey, we will take a boat ride around the ancient capital. The rivers split and form a natural moat which was used to protect the city from invaders for centuries, until its eventual demise. This will be a relaxing part of your journey to take in some of the natural beauty that surrounds this old sleepy town. You will witness extreme wealth, and dire poverty, which highlights some of the realities faced by every society. There is still evidence of some of the damage caused by the flooding of late 2011, as well as seeing some of the mighty temples that have stood the test of time along the riverbanks. You may even get to see some wildlife, as sightings of giant catfish and monitor lizards call these rivers home.

Please note: There is a Dress Code! Though not as strict as places such as the Grand Palace, there is still an expected dress code for visiting the temples and other sacred sites in Thailand. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long shorts or pants (that cover your knees, at least) and shirts with sleeves - no sleeveless tops. Wearing sandals or flip-flops is perfectly ok, as you'll take them off whenever entering a temple. Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, no bare shoulders, knees covered, etc. It is also recommended to avoid wearing bright colours, though less strictly enforced.

What is included with the Ayutthaya Sacred Experience?

Your sacred experience includes:
- information provided before your experience to educate you and properly prepare you
- a specially trained and licensed English-speaking guide who will facilitate your experience
- transportation during the tour (minivan to Ayutthaya from Bangkok - about 1 hour each way - depends on traffic, tuk-tuks around the city, and a boat ride)
- translations with your monk/meditation instructor
- meal (includes a basic meal and non-alcoholic beverage)
- All Entrance Fees to the Temples and historic sites
- a special gift before the meditation

What is not included when on your Sacred Bangkok Experience?

- Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
- International flights
- Transportation (getting to and from the meeting and endpoints)
– Accommodation in Bangkok (we suggest Agoda for the best hotel rates)
- Alcoholic beverages (not recommended before entering sacred places)
- Gratuities and tips
- Spending money if you wish to purchase additional souvenirs or items.

Supporting Local Projects with our TRiP Foundation

Every TRiP that you go on with WSE Travel, we will donate 2% (or $1/day per day, per person - whichever is greater) to an environmental or community-based project in the country you're visiting. We want to ensure that every guest we help, in turn, helps support and preserve the destination we're experiencing together as a direct result. We live by an ethos to Travel Responsibly & Impact Positively (TRiP).

For more information on the projects supported by this experience, please visit our Thailand TRIP projects.

3 reviews for Ayutthaya Sacred Experience – Historical Park, Temples and Meditation

  1. James Donahue

    I am so happy that my friends and I signed up for this experience! The ruins in the historical park are truly breathtaking. Photos just aren’t enoug, this is a must see destination. The tour was casual and we determined the pace we wanted to move at. Our guide was informative, knowledgeable, and friendly. He really took care of everything and made the experience comfortable. The location he chose for lunch was awesome. Learning how to properly pay respect in the temples was very helpful on the rest of our trip A we visited several more temple on our own after this tour. There are many interesting things to see on the boat ride, and meeting with a monk was an educational and fascinating opportunity, If you are planning a trip to Thailand, you must try the WSE Ayutthaya Sacred Experience.

  2. Rochelle Ryden

    I had a great time on this tour…. As a photographer getting to take my time and go at my own pace was very important. The guide was patient to allow me to photograph the sites at my own pace, he also took the time to talk to my 7 year and make it a wonderful experience for her as well. The rich history lesson was good for all ages to learn about Ayutthaya’s history from the kings to the battles between surrounding countries, these wonderful sites are a must. To have a guide as knowledgeable and passionate as Oun was a bonus. The monk guided meditation gave me some good help. He also gave insight in to other aspects of myself. Then we were taken to a wonderful Thai eatery, Oun even helped find food for my picky child, she ended up loving his choice. The boat ride was a calm relaxing way to end this tour, again I got lots of great photos. I loved every thing about this experience, Thank you WSE!

  3. Jeff Yarges (verified owner)

    Amazing tour! The city of Ayutthaya is ripe with history as ruins cover most of the island city. This tour took me back to the beganings of this rich 600 year old city and taught me about some of the most important sights and ruins that dot this small vibrant city. It is my second time in this city and my first tour of its ruins. I’m not a fan of tours, I do not like touristy things…this tour is not one of those. It’s unique and personal. The guide is very knowledgeable about the history of the city and of Thailand and openly shares what he knows. The pride in the country and its history shows the way he speaks and shares about the sites. We were allowed to move at our own pace, enjoying what we wanted to and never rushed through to the next thing. That’s rare on a tour. After the sights of the ruins we met with a monk on temple grounds who teaches the art of meditation to monks…he taught us. He is an amazing man and a great teacher. He provided answers to any questions we asked and the translations were provided by our guide…Oun. It’s an opportunity that few get and I am so happy I agreed to the tour. After the engergizing and informative meditation session we had an amazing lunch at a local eatery. Omg was it good! The meal was followed by a very nice and relaxing long boat ride around the city using its 3 rivers. This is an amazing and personal tour into Thailand’s spiritual history and a beautiful city….I highly recommend taking this tour to anyone who’s curious about ancient sites but doesn’t want the typical tourist treatment. Loved it!

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