Escape to the colourful, chaotic and cultural city of Bangkok. Visit the golden-spired Grand Palace and dazzling temples such as Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Take a cruise back in time down the fascinating backwater canals and shop for souvenirs at the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
On arrival at Bangkok airport your guide and driver will be waiting to bring you to your city center hotel. The rest of the day is free to do as you please – relax, enjoy the hotel’s facilities, or venture out into the city.
Overnight in Bangkok
Today we’ll visit two of the most important sites in Bangkok – Wat Pho and the Grand Palace.
Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, houses a giant lying Buddha, 46 meters long and covered in gold leaf.
Located on the bank of the Chao Phraya River is the dazzling Grand Palace, a ‘must see’ for every visitor to Bangkok and a perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Within the compound is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). Inside this sacred and incredibly ornate temple is the Emerald Buddha itself, a highly revered image of the Lord Buddha.
After lunch in a Thai restaurant, we’ll hop aboard a boat for a cruise along the Chao Phraya River – the River of Kings. Our boat will veer off through the network of klongs (canals) of Thonburi. Along the way we can capture life along the banks of the canals – rickety wooden houses on stilts and serene waterside temples – giving us an insight into a slower, older way of life and the reason why the city was nicknamed the ‘Venice of the East’.
A stop at Wat Arun, one of the most photographed sights in Bangkok, will give us a chance to stretch our legs and admire the glittering pagoda. It rises 76 meters into the sky and is covered with glazed ceramic pieces that reflect the rising sun, hence the reason for its name: Temple of Dawn.
Overnight in Bangkok.
Let’s discover the Bangkok of old, when life took place on the rivers and waterways. We’ll travel approximately 100km outside Bangkok to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. An exhilarating and scenic ride on a longtail speedboat will take us past riverside villages and fruit plantations, before entering the vibrant market. There are many photo opportunities along the way and at the colorful market. Vendors sell tropical fruits, exotic vegetables and aromatic snacks from small wooden sampans on the water, while stalls on the dockside are laden with local handicrafts, wood carvings, assorted silks and other trinkets. It’s a great place to buy souvenirs and get an insight into Thailand’s rural culture.
The afternoon is at leisure.
Overnight in Bangkok.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for the departure flight to your onwards destination.
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