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Sightseeing Tours
Bangkok
Kingdom of Thailand

Half-day Tours

City & Temples
The tour takes you through some of the most interesting parts of Bangkok, including stops at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Po), the actual name of which is Wat Phra Jetupon, famous as the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, with its precincts covering 80,000 square meters in all; the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Trimmit), the home of a 5.5 ton Buddha image, found when the port of Bangkok was being expanded and dating back more than 200 years; and the Marble Temple (Wat Benjamabophit), a royal temple begun by King Chulalongkorn in 1901 and noted for its dazzling, white Carrara marble.

Bangkok Klongs
This is perhaps the best opportunity to see the famous 'water people' of Thailand. You board special, covered boats, travelling along the Chao Phraya River and into a large klong (canal) on the Thonburi side. You will see modern as well as traditional teakwood houses on stilts. On your return, you will stop at what is probably the best known symbol of Bangkok, the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), with its sparkling spires covered with broken bits of glass and pottery, most impressive at sunrise.

Grand Palace & Wat Phra Keo
Home of the Kings of Siam of the Chakri Dynasty, originally built by King Rama I, it served as the royal residence until 1946. Today the palace is still used on certain occasions for visiting royalty or special guests of the Kingdom. Adjoining the Grand Palace you will find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keo), this is probably the best known of the royal temples. It is regarded as the most important temple in all Thailand and it is the venue of many of the numerous religious ceremonies in which the King participates, especially at the beginning of each of the three seasons when His Majesty personally changes the elaborate robes of the Buddha image, carved out of a single piece of emerald-green jasper.

Vimanmek & Suan Pakkard Palaces
Vimanmek Palace, home to King Rama V in the early 1900s, is located behind Bangkok's National Assembly, and it is the world's largest building made entirely of teak. The three-storey palace has 81 rooms, halls and anterooms, excluding terraces and verandahs. Interestingly enough this palace was actually constructed on Srichang Island in the Gulf of Siam, but in 1901 King Chulalongkorn had it moved to its present site. We shall then proceed to Suan Pakkard Palace, formerly the residence of Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga, a complex of five traditional Thai Houses overlooking a beautifully kept garden. Each building houses a large collection of Asian art and antiques, with one building exhibiting a collection of seashells, mineral crystals and painted pottery from Ban Chiang.

Jim Thompson's House & Shop
Formerly the residence of Mr. Jim Thompson, an American who arrived in Thailand after the Second World War and revived the Thai silk industry. On one of his expeditions to the jungles of Malaysia in 1967 Jim Thompson mysteriously disappeared and has never been seen or heard of since. His house has now been turned into a museum of Asian art as well as his personal possessions. The house in itself is of great interest for it is of traditional Thai architecture. Following the visit we shall continue to the Jim Thompson Shop, where you will have the opportunity to view, and buy, Thai silk.

Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo
Not everyone can visit us during the month of November when they can travel to Surin in the Northeast of Thailand to see the annual Elephant Round-up, therefore during your visit to Bangkok you should make a point to travel Northwest of Bangkok where a show which features the role of elephants in the history of the Kingdom can be viewed daily. An elephant round-up, elephant-back fighting, training, bathing, racing, working and playing, even elephants playing soccer, are all part of this engrossing presentation. And the zoo of wild animals of Thailand, including crocodiles, ensures a rewarding afternoon.

Ancient City
Each part of Thailand has its special natural or man-made attractions and very few of our visitors get a chance to see all of them. The Ancient City is an outdoor museum which enables you to see most of these attractions - even if in miniature. Palaces, temples, waterfalls are all placed in their proper locations in the area and can be viewed either on foot or by special vehicles.

Rose Garden
We want to show you as much of the culture of our country as possible, however to experience it all would require a stay of at least 6 months. Since this is not possible, we have therefore created a unique Thai Village just outside of Bangkok. Artisans and artists are there for you to watch, shops selling various handicrafts and souvenirs are only a prelude to the cultural show where 150 performers provide you with an introduction to a Thai wedding ceremony, a monk's ordination, Thai boxing, sword-fighting, classical dances, and folk dances from all parts of Thailand.

Full-day Tours

Damnern Saduak Floating Market & Thai Village Show
With an early morning departure, you will travel 120 kilometres to Damnern Saduak where boat people sell their wares from boat to boat or boat to shore. You will be amazed at the variety of goods and products that are to be purchased - you may even try your bargaining skills. En route to the Rose Garden for their cultural show, you will also stop at Nakorn Pathom to see the Phra Pathom Chedi which is said to be the tallest Buddhist monument in the world. A buffet lunch will be provided at the Rose Garden prior to enjoying a presentation of a Thai wedding ceremony, a monk's ordination, Thai boxing, sword-fighting, classical and folk dances from all parts of Thailand.

Pattaya Day Tour
Travel by road from Bangkok to Pattaya, a distance of just over 100 kilometres, where you will be able to enjoy a full day's outing of swimming, boating, snorkelling, sunning, and dining. Continue your journey on a fishing boat or a converted junk to the coral islands just off the coast in the Gulf of Thailand, where you will also be served a fresh seafood lunch. A glass-bottom boat is available to allow you to see the beautiful coral formations on the seabed - or you can skin dive or snorkel or just sunbathe if you prefer.

Ayuthaya the Ancient Kingdom
Built at the junction of the Lopburi, Nam Pasak and Chao Phraya rivers in 1350, Ayuthaya was the capital of old Siam - a city to rival the great European capitals of its day - and it was noted for its impressive palaces and temples. Some of the sights we will see today include Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch, Wat Phra Nan Choeng - which also happens to predate the rest of the city, and of course Bang Pa-In, which was built as a summer retreat during the 19th and 20th centuries for King Rama V and King Rama VI. The palace is still in use today by our Royal Family. The excursion can be done either both ways by vehicle, or one way by river boat cruising to or from Bangkok on the Chao Phraya River.

Kanchanaburi & River Kwai
Begin with an early-morning departure from Bangkok, driving to Kanchanaburi. A visit to the JEATH Museum (which is an acronym for Japan, England, Australia, Thailand, Holland) will provide you with a good over-all history of the cemeteries for Allied prisoners of war before taking a special train across the Bridge on the River Kwai. After returning to Kanchanaburi, lunch will be provided at a local restaurant, followed by a visit to a war cemetery prior to your return to Bangkok.

Evening Excursions

Rice Barge Cocktail Cruise
In spite of modernisation and progress, Bangkok is still a city of waterways and depends on the Chao Phraya River and the klongs (canals) for much of its day-to-day activities. Water-taxis and water-buses are of daily use for thousands of commuters, and there are still "floating markets" which cater to the needs of the people living along these waterways. Our afternoon Rice Barge Cruise begins with a journey by hang yao (long-tailed motorboats) through suburban canals before boarding a most comfortable, converted rice barge for your return trip enjoying drinks, fruits and snacks at sunset.

Thai Dinner & Classical Dances
There is no better way to wrap up the evening after spending the day visiting the city and especially the Grand Palace. In the Thai-surroundings, the traditional Thai food, served in traditional Thai manner, is just a prelude to a presentation of some of the most colorful, classical and folk dances of the Kingdom - some of them dating back hundreds of years to the early days of Siam. This spectacular performance more than compensates for the small inconvenience of removing your shoes and sitting on the floor, Thai-style.

Seafood Dinner
What with 2,000 kilometres of coastline you can imagine the great variety of fresh seafood available in Thailand. We have chosen one of the most enjoyable restaurants to enable you to sample some of the countless gourmet delights we have to offer. We'll take you to the restaurant, and bring you back to your hotel of course, but not until you have savoured a seafood dinner, followed by some really delectable tropical fruits.

Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise

The Chao Phraya River, the River of Kings, meanders through the metropolis and provides the perfect setting for an evening cruise while enjoying typical Thai food - all against the spectacular backdrop of the city of Bangkok on one side of the river and of Thonburi on the other. An ideal opportunity for a relaxing and pleasant evening.

 

 
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