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Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is a vibrant city with many and varied charms. From grand historic buildings to peaceful temples, from exciting markets to ritzy shopping malls, Bangkok is cosmopolitan, contrasting and one of the most compelling Asian cities. Intense at first, Bangkok soon becomes addictive and inspires you with its energy and colour. Explore the streets of the city by tuk tuk or take to the water and cruise the river and its canal (khlong) system to understand why Bangkok was once called Venice of the East.
Our “Simply” itineraries are perfect add-ons to your holiday. Discuss options with our Asia Travel Experts.
You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Bangkok, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day.
Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, also known as the City of Angels, is a vibrant city with many and varied charms. From grand historic buildings to peaceful temples, from exciting markets to ritzy shopping malls and from towering skyscrapers to Chinese shop-houses, Bangkok is cosmopolitan and full of sharp contrasts.
Explore the streets by tuk-tuk, view the city by Skytrain or take to the water and cruise the river and its canals to experience traditional riverside life. Bangkok is never dull. Orange robed monks mingle with shoppers and businessmen, tuk-tuks weave in amongst limousines and fish is unloaded from wooden boats as the river flows through the centre of the city. In the evenings the streets are transformed into bustling markets and outdoor restaurants. The food choices are endless and range from fine dining in stylish contemporary restaurants to snacking with the locals at street hawker stalls.
Bangkok has many great restaurants, night markets and bars. Ask your guide for personal recommendations. It is also possible to unwind from your flight with a traditional Thai massage. Again your guide can advise you of options.
Itinerary Option: If you’re arriving to Bangkok in the morning, discuss additional day 1 activities with our staff.
Accompanied by your guide explore the sights of the city. The day starts with a drive to Wat Po in time to experience the monks’ morning chanting ritual. One of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok, Wat Po is home to the famous reclining Buddha, over 45 metres (150 feet) in length, covered in gold leaf with ornately inlayed mother-of-pearl feet. The temple also houses the original school of traditional Thai massage. From here, experience a tuk-tuk ride via Pak Klong Taland Flower Market towards the Grand Palace or Wat Phra Kaeo, the most important and spectacular royal palace in Thailand. Built in 1782, the palace was the official residence of the Kings of Siam for 150 years and also housed the Royal Court and the administrative seat of government. Within the Grand Palace complex, Wat Phra Kaeo Royal Chapel houses the famous jade Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand, dating back to the 14th century. Thai people believe that as long as they remain keepers of the Emerald Buddha, their country will be safe.
Continue with a walk to the pier for a long-tailed boat ride along the “klongs” (canals) of Thonburi to get a flavour of local life. Stop at Wat Arun, also referred to as the Temple of Dawn, one of the most striking riverside landmarks of Thailand and once the grand royal temple to King Rama II. Constructed between 1809 and 1851, the Buddhist temple is decorated with pieces of porcelain previously used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China.
Lunch is served at one of the riverside restaurants. Cross the river for the drive to Chinatown to get a first-hand look at old Bangkok. Walk along Yaworat Road with its many interesting shops selling everything imaginable. Enjoy a cup of Chinese tea with the locals at an ancient teashop before exploring the bustling Talad Kao market, where a variety of food, fresh and dry fruits and Chinese herbs are on offer. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
After breakfast, leave Bangkok and head to Kanchanaburi province. The provincial capital of Kanchanaburi is set in a lush landscape on the banks of the river and framed by limestone hills.
On arrival, visit the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai and the Death Railway, built by Allied Prisoners Of War (POWs) under brutal Japanese occupation. Continue to the Second World War Cemetery, the final resting place of nearly 7,000 Australian, British and Dutch POWs who lost their lives during their incarceration and forced labour. Afterwards visit the Thai-Burma Railway Museum to gain an insight into their daily hardship experienced by the POWs. Take a historic one hour train ride through the thick jungle on the infamous Death Railway followed by lunch at a local riverside restaurant.
A change of scene in the afternoon sees you floating down the River Kwai on a bamboo raft and visiting the Taweechai Elephant Camp. Enjoy an elephant ride through the jungle to end the day before you return to Bangkok in the late afternoon.
Itinerary Option: Your itinerary can be altered to include the Buddhist Monk Tiger Temple and/or the Floating Markets. Alternatively, some customers prefer to visit Ayutthaya, the historic capital of ancient Siam with the optional river cruise back to Bangkok. Discuss options with our staff.
On your last day enjoy free time until your departure transfer.
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"Thank you for our great trip we had a great time in Thailand and really enjoyed the beaches. The tour guide for Bangkok was brilliant and made everything easy." — Mary & John, Sydney, NSW, March 2013