On a revisit to Bang Pa In Summer Palace in 2012, I was with my friends and I urged them that we rent a golf cart to tour around the huge Bang Pa In Palace Complex for the experience as I did not get one on the last time I visited the Palace in 2007. Golf Carts are found at the entrance of the Palace and you can rent them for 400 baht for 2 hours around the4 complex. you can pay at the ticket counter for the use of these golf carts and they are fun to ride around the sprawling complex.
There is a 100 Baht entrance fee for Bang Pa-In Palace for tourists and is free to thai residents and it opens daily between 08:30 and 12:00 and 13:00 and 16:00. You can hire a golf cart for 400 baht to tour around this huge complex.
Address: Ban Len, Bang Pa-in, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Directions: By Car : Travel by Phahon Yothin Road to the northand just follow the sign to Bang Pa-In.
By Bus : Bus No.17 (Bangkok-Bangsai-Bang Pa-In-Ayutthaya) leave from the Northern Bus Terminal
(Morchit 2) every 30 minutes from 06.00 to 18.00 hrs.
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Wat Kai Thia Boat Docking Station
Most of the Ayuthaya Day tours from bangkok that combine a bus and boat cruise along the Chao Phraya River start their Chao Phraya River Cruise from this boat docking station beside a buddhist temple or wat at the MEKHALA docks at Wat Kai Tia, a Thai temple set in a tranquil rural village in the banks of the Chao Phraya River at Pathumthani Province as the first or last stop of the tour is at the Bang Pa In Summer Palace, which is located just a 10 minute drive north of the temple. They also offer an overnight stay at the temple if you booked a 2 day ayuthaya tour with cruise.
the boat docking station is at Mekhala Docks in Pathumthani Province, a 2 1/2 cruise along the chao phraya river from bangkok and from here you will eat your buffet lunch at the boat.
when booking an ayuthaya bus and cruise day tour, there are two combinations, the first is drive via big bus to bang pa in palace then to ayuthaya then boat cruise going back to bangkok and the second is boat cruise to bang pa in then bus to the palace and ayuthaya and going back to bangkok via the samd bus. the third and fastest option is the whole day bus tours of Bang Pa In Palace and Ayuthaya (and cheaper too as a bus and cruise ayuthaya day tour is 2,200 baht per person with lunch included while the bus tour is only 1,500 baht w/o lunch). The drive from bangkok to Bang Pa In Summer Palace is 35 kilometers and about a 35 minute drive away.
Luxury Cruising along the rivers of Thailand is great! You can book a cruise to or around Bang Pa-in or Ayuthaya Provinces and it will cost you not more than a thousand baht..where it is a free of food but of course drinks are not free at all. It's best to enjoy the scenic yet full of locals living in the side of the river.
There are countless of bus operators here in Thailand going to Ayuthaya but for us we're here in Bangkok so, we contacted a friend and refered us in this Agency that caters different kinds of getaway. We paid around 1500 baht per person which was a group tour of 15. The many the merrier. A van ushered us from our place and took us in the River City department store and we transferred into a big bus for tourist which was very clean and very comfortable. We started the tour around 7:30 am and arrived after an hour and a half.
As Bang Pa-in is around an hour and a half from Bangkok and the highway isn't bad to go with a car then, it's also good to go there by car. I've seen also tourist go there by a car or a van but of course you have to hire a driver and if you fancy of driving, it's not bad at all granting you know the place and around the area.
Around the Summer Palace, there is a for rent golf cart near the entrance of the area. If I'm not wrong it's 120 baht. and it will occupy for 4 people in it, if the people riding isn't too big for the space. But it's best to tour the palace by foot to enjoy the place thoroughly.. I wasn't able to ride one as we're in a group tour and of course it's best to listen to the group guide unless, you'll be sneaking out in the group for photo op's!
I really don't think, it is allowable for visitors to take a bike inside but I caught this one just around the Victorian mansion and I take a photo for of course documentations again!