After you’ve left the port, you’ll travel beyond Bangkok on this culture-stuffed daytrip. It’ll take a couple of hours to reach this crop of temples, but they’re among the most historic in the region. You’ll see the Summer Palace first – a former waterside residence of Thai kings. Lunch is on the cards at the Krungsri River Hotel, where you’ll be able to tuck into traditional Thai cuisine. Next, visit the Wat Phra Sri Sanphet – a centuries-old monastery on the site of the country’s ancient capital, Ayutthaya. You can see a huge Buddha statue at Wat Phra Mongkhon Bophit. The final stop of the day is the ruined temple of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, where rows of long-standing Buddha statues are draped in sunflower-yellow robes.
You’ll need to dress modestly when visiting religious sites. Knees and shoulders need to be covered, you’ll also need to take off your shoes before entering the temples. The journey time is approximately 3 hours each way.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.