Bangkok is the essential and exciting introduction to Thailand. As the country’s capital since 1782, it contains a treasury of temples and historic buildings. But for all of its gold-leaf monumentality, it’s the human tempo of the city that you’ll remember best. You’ll jostle with merchants and locals in a provincial floating market. And you’ll also get a true taste of local culture in a fascinating cooking instruction with a native chef. As a prelude to the more rural immersion in Thai life, this carefully crafted visit will expand your understanding of Thailand in wonderful ways.
Itinerary at a glance
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN BANGKOK Our representative will meet you at the airport on your arrival for the drive into the city.
The Grand Palace was the official residence of the country’s kings until the mid-20th century, and it retains its regal magnificence as you’ll see on our guided tour of the site. The palace is a true architectural wonder with golden stupas and shining mosaics that encrust the walls. In fact, it’s really a collection of palaces, each created for different occasions and the grounds also contain Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist temple. We’ll also visit Wat Pho, the temple complex that contains the city’s largest reclining Buddha.
DAY 2 – BANGKOK Floating markets are common in Thailand, but the most famous is Damnoen Saduak in the Ratchaburi province. On a boat of our own, we float back in time as we negotiate through bustling klongs (canals) crowded with canoes full of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other foods. We’ll also visit the famous railway market at Mae khlong Station. Merchants crowd the edge of the tracks and as the trains approach they part to make way in a frantic but well-practiced move out of harm’s way. Nakhon Pathom is one of Thailand’s oldest cities, and its claim to fame is Phra Pathom chedi. Almost 400 feet high, the orange-domed stupa is the largest in the world – a landmark that is visible for miles. Back in Bangkok, you’ll enjoy an evening of food and culture with a cooking instruction.
DAY 3 – DEPART After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the Bangkok Airport for the flight to Phuket where your Thailand adventure begins.
Touring the exquisite Grand Palace and sacred temples
Bustling through the most famous Floating Market
Participating in a Thai cooking instruction
3 Days / 2 Nights
Starting Point: Bangkok - hotel lobby at 9:00am
Ending Point: Bangkok Airport
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3 Days / 2 Nights
The weather in Bangkok is determined by a tropical monsoon climate, which means there are three main seasons: hot season from March to June, rainy season from July to October and cool season between November and February. Expect daytime temperatures to be in excess of 86 degrees through out the year. It doesn't cool significantly at night.
Anantara Resort Bangkok
Set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this resort is situated on 11 acres of verdant gardens and blends urban living with tropical luxury. Deluxe rooms embody the simple yet elegant Asian style found throughout the resort.