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.
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 today. 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 contains 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.
Starting Point:Bangkok – – Lobby of Anantara Riverside
Ending Point:Bangkok – – Bangkok Airport
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- Full-time experienced guide
- Admissions to historic sites and scheduled events as detailed in the daily itinerary
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- All land transportation during the trip
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