Discover the wealth of beautiful cultural monuments of Bangkok, one of Asia’s most exciting cities. With a private guide, journey by private longtail boat through the winding klongs (waterways) of the Chao Phraya River, then spend the day visiting the city’s ornate and beautiful sites, including Wat Arun, Bangkok’s most well known landmark, the dazzling Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the enormous gold-plated Reclining Buddha, and the vibrant market at Pak Klong Talad, where a vast variety of orchids and colorful flowers are sold.
Bangkok City Sights
Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel, with the remainder of the day at leisure. The following day, meet your guide and board a private longtail boat for a ride on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, a fascinating journey through the winding klongs (waterways) that offers a close-up look at everyday life along the river. Visit the Royal Barge Museum, where eight ornately decorated royal barges, used in formal processions, are displayed, then continue to Wat Arun, Bangkok’s most well known landmark. A climb up its steep central tower (taller than a 20-story building) affords river-encompassing views. Continue to the dazzling Grand Palace and visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), with its solid jade image of the Buddha, Throne Hall, State Reception Hall, and Coronation Hall. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll stop at Wat Pho, home to the enormous, 150-foot-long, gold-plated Reclining Buddha, and the wholesale market at Pak Klong Talad, where a vast variety of orchids and colorful flowers are sold. Overnights at hotel...Meals on your own Day 1; BL on Day 2
Bangkok / Depart
Morning at leisure until noon check out. Transfer to the Bangkok airport for departure...B
Note: We also offer a 4 day/3 night extension that includes a day trip to Ayutthaya. Please call for details.
Note: For religious reasons, it is recommended that women have their shoulders covered and refrain from wearing shorts or very short skirts. Men should wear trousers and short sleeved shirts. Shoes must be removed before entering the temples.
2 nights hotel (First Class or Deluxe option)
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Walking tours, river cruising, and cultural exploration
A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visiting Thailand for stays of 30 days or less.