It’s all about the past on this tour. Learn about traditional crafts and visit two of Thailand’s ancient capitals – Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. The crumbling ruins of temples, shrines and Buddha images in these UNESCO World Heritage Sites pay homage to their glorious past when both were wealthy, cosmopolitan Siamese cities brimming with gilded temples and ornate palaces.
In the morning, we’ll depart from Bangkok to Ayutthaya – an ancient Siamese capital and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century, the impressive ruins of ancient statues and Buddhist temples still reveal the past splendor of this once-glorious city. We’ll explore some of the most famous sites.
After lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll continue our journey to Sukhothai.
Overnight in Sukhothai.
After breakfast, we’ll drive to Baan Na Ton Jan, a small settlement known for its rural life and traditional handicrafts. Here, we’ll learn all about one of the local products – the unique ‘mud-soaked textiles’. The cloth is soaked in a type of mud that leaves it soft to the touch and subdues the colors. This ancient technique was developed through folk wisdom and has been handed down through the generations.
A delicious lunch of Khao Perb – steamed rice noodles – will be served in the village community center.
In the afternoon we’ll take a walk around the orchard where tropical fruits grow in abundance. We’ll even get a chance to try some of the seasonal fruits such as durian, longkong and oranges. Overnight in Sukhothai.
After breakfast it’s time to explore the famous Historical Park of Sukhothai – an ancient kingdom and the first capital of Thailand dating back 700 years. It was considered to be the cradle of Thai civilization and the birthplace of Thai art, architecture, culture and language.
The area is dotted with the ruins of 13th century temples, shrines, chedis and huge Buddha statues. Wat Mahathat is considered to be the magical and spiritual center of the Kingdom; while at Wat Sri Chum we will see one of the largest seated Buddha statues in the country.
After lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll transfer to Sukothai Airport for the onward flight (air ticket not included).