Bangkok has been Thailand’s dominant city since the eighteenth century. Established as the capital in 1767 after the fall of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Bangkok is located on one of southeastern Asia’s most important rivers, the Chao Phraya
Bangkok has been Thailand’s dominant city since the eighteenth century. Established as the capital in 1767 after the fall of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Bangkok is located on one of southeastern Asia’s most important rivers, the Chao Phraya. In the 1980s and 1990s, Bangkok underwent rapid modernization, growing to approximately ten million people, making this the only major city in a country of villages and small towns. Bangkok’s ancient palaces and Buddhist temples contrast with high rises and traffic jams.
Upon arrival, meet with your guide with a sign marked “Customer name”
Then take a tuk tuk ride to visit the fragrant and colorful Flower Market, Pakklong Talad. This is a wholesale flower market of Bangkok where there are various kinds of mainly fresh flowers with different colors of orchids, roses, daisies and lotus, etc. The kaleidoscope of colors and pungent odor of flowers provide an exotic sensory stimulation.
Then drive to visit to the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple – Wat Phra Kaeo. Before entering the main gate to the temple of the Emerald Buddha, stop by the Royal Regalia Museum to see the beauty of decorative jewelry, which used to be ornament of the royal officers and consorts. Walk in to enjoy the beauty of the temple of The Emerald Buddha. Visit the most sacred Buddha statue of Thailand, held by all Thais as also the symbol of national independence and enjoy the stunning buildings which you cannot miss taking photos of, every time you turn around. Get into the second court where the major imposing buildings are located. Visit the Amarin Tharawinitchai Throne Hall – originally a Hall of Justice but used today for coronation ceremonies and the Dusit Mahaprasart Palace initially served as a venue for royal audiences and later as Royal Funerary Hall. Before lunch time, visit Reclining Buddha temple or Wat Pho, the oldest and biggest temple with the largest number of pagodas (95 in all) in the city. Also, it was the first open university of Thailand which offered courses in several branches of knowledge like literature, astrology, medicine and massage. It’s well known for its h uge Reclining Buddha, 46 m. long and 15 m. high. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, take a long-tailed boat ride along the Chao Phraya River to see Thai lifestyle, contrast between luxurious condominiums and ruined houses along both sides of the canal. Pass the Grand Palace and the Royal Barge Museum which houses ceremonial King’s Barges decorated with multi-color glasses, gilt and stuccos. Disembark at Wat Arun – the temple of Dawn to visit the tallest prang in Thailand. It was built in the concept of Mount Meru, the resident of God located on the center of the Universe.
At the end of the day, we will visit the Arts of the Kingdom Exhibition— a magnificent exhibition of exquisite but rarely seen traditional Thai crafts reflects the decades of work initiated under The Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques or the Support Foundation under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Nowadays, Damneon Saduak is one of a provincial district of Rajburi Province. Most people live densely along both sides of the canal from one end of the canal to another. The majority of this people are agriculturists. They grow several different kinds of fruit and vegetable for examples oranges, grapes, papayas, cabbages, bean, onion and etc. The land in this area is naturally fertile. Apart from providing transportation, Damneon Saduak Canal also provides farmers with adequate water for agricultural purposes for the whole year around. (Optional elephant ride) Enjoy lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch time, transfer to Bangkok to shopping at MBK Center.
MBK Center – one of the biggest malls in Asia was opened in 1985. This enormous 8‐storey marble mall has over 2,000 stores and over 150 eating establishments. You’ll find a variety of negotiable products including clothes, cosmetics, leathered items, jewelry, electronics, etc. a large cinema theatre and a 4‐storey department store (Tokyu). Some of the nicest items for home decoration area such as cushion covers, backrests, tablecloths and sumptuous bedspreads are some of the major attraction of this place.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
** Regular hotel check-in time at 02:00pm and check-out time at 12:00pm