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This Day involved seeing the Summer Palace and then a few of the older Temple sites and a modern Temple. The guide for the day - although informative spend a bit much time talking and explaining at the signs rather than letting us see the places. At the Summer Palace in particular a lot of people in the tour departed to see the place - it was extremely hot standing in the one place listening. Then a river cruise and a very nice lunch on the way back. I had been told to be there at 7am - which meant I left my hotel at 5.30 to avoid traffic. However we did not leave until well after 8am. So there was a lot of waiting around to get going. Maybe they could be a little clearer on the time the tour would actually leave as I could have enjoyed a bit more sleep and been better prepared for the day. Over all it was a good experience and enjoyable.
We had a great time visiting Ayutthaya and the Summer palace. The food on the boat was delicious too. Unfortunately, the biggest issue for us was that the guide did not speak very good English so most of the stories we missed. Also we did not have too much time to visit the various Wats in Ayutthaya. I had the feeling, we havent been to the most spectacular one, but in smaller ones. It was super hot, however, so we didnt mind staying shorter times outside. All kinds of people come to the tour and some speak very little English, so it is understandable that things (important instructions, meeting points and times) are said multiple times. We explored in our own faster pace everything, so we were always back on time to the bus.
Overall, trip was good. Our guide Job was very friendly and excellent at guiding the group throughout the day. Places visited was beautiful. Cruise ship and coach bus was comfortable, lunch was nice. But there's no pick-up from the sukhumvit area even they wrote that they do on their website. Wrote email asking the pick-up, but not successful. After finishing the tour, asked again if they could drop me near the Sukhumvit area. But just told go on your own! that was so disappointing. Taxi to the meeting point was quite expensive.
The place is out of this world. The back-stories our guide told us were intriguing. Makes all the difference. Hats off to Siri for his impressive knowledge and his great teacher-like demeanor. Travel by air conditioned minivan was a bit long but well worth it. The 5 UNESCO sites tour we had made sure we didn’t miss out on any of the great temples that each had their own unique flair. Highly recommended!
Seriously, our guide's name was Siri. He had his talk, the things he wanted you to know, but was happy to answer questions on anything. He often responded with humor. He was good at estimating the amount of time you'd need to walk around. He offered to take pictures of you and we managed to get the picture that's sure to be our Christmas card this year. Would definitely recommend going to