After a luscious breakfast of fresh juice, fruits, and so much more you will step out into the city to discover its stunning history set beside the riverbanks and beyond.
The Royal Grand Palace is the nation’s landmark and the most revered royal monument. Construction began under King Rama I and has since displayed such spectacular culture such as Wat Phra Kaew, housing the famous and mysterious Emerald Buddha, the symbol of Thailand. The palaces were used for different occasions – the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House. Appropriate dress is required (or can be rented on site). Continue your visit to Wat Pho, the home of Thai massage and the Reclining Buddha.
After lunch, have some time to refresh then stroll through Chinatown where you visit interesting shops, tea shop, markets and temples to get a first-hand feel for old Bangkok. Next, pay a visit to The Bangkok Folk Museum, a seventy-year-old Thai house converted into a small but fascinating museum.
Note: Bangkok Folk Museum is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.
Chao Phraya River is known as the “River of Kings,” and was once the most bustling highway in the city. Hop on a long tail boat for a ride along the bustling Chao Phraya River and the quiet klongs (canals) of Thonburi where you see how Thai people have lived next to the water for centuries.
Now the water is calm and quiet as you come to the chedi of Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, where the spire gleams in the light and acts like a lighthouse against the backdrop of the city where the gentle trickle of the river runs through. The central spire ascends over 210 feet high, decorated with colored glass and porcelain to help catch the light at various angles. You can even climb the stairs to get an expansive view of the river and the surrounding cityscape.