After early morning pickup at your Bangkok hotel, ride in air-conditioned comfort north to Ayutthaya, the reigning capital of Siam for more than 400 years until it was sacked by the Burmese army. Learn about the fascinating history of the site and see examples of Thai, Chinese, Italian, and even Victorian architecture, as you tour the sprawling complex of crumbling temples and well-preserved palaces. A highlight is a visit to the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, the ornate lakeside summer retreat of Thai King Rama V.
When it's time to head back to Bangkok, take the slow and scenic way on a cruise along the Chao Phraya River. Watch the Thai countryside give way to the sprawling metropolis while enjoying a delicious buffet lunch. When the boat docks in the late afternoon, a driver waits to transfer you back to your hotel.