DAY 1: ARRIVAL BANGKOK
Arrive at Bangkok International Airport. Meet our guide and private transfer to hotel. Check in and free time at leisure.
Evening, meet our guide and private transfer to enjoy dinner on Loy Nava cruise. Loy Nava, the originator of Chao Phraya dinner cruises and operator of the uniquely beautiful antique teakwood rice barge, the Tahsaneeya Nava, awaits with pleasure the opportunity to serve you with the same attention to detail and standards as we have offered to royalty, celebrities and visitors from all parts of the world over the past thirty years. We will take you on a journey through Thai history, culture and gastronomy in a truly romantic ambiance and guarantee that it will be an experience of Thailand you will never forget.
DAY 2: BANGKOK CITY TOUR
09:00am, meet our guide at the lobby of hotel and private transfer to discover temples and the palace.
Uncover the royal and spiritual riches of Bangkok with this cultural half-day guided tour taking in the architectural masterpiece that is the Grand Palace of the kings of Siam and the wonderful Wat Pho and Wat Traimit temples, where the star attractions are golden Buddha, each one very special in its own right.
The Grand Palace is the historic royal mini-city located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It comprises dozens of buildings, courtyards, halls, temples, pagodas, garden and even a miniature mountain. The palace was the residence of the kings of Siam from 1782 to 1925 and among the attractions are the Funeral and Coronation halls while another big draw is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, where a 45cm statue of the Gautama Buddha was carved from one piece of solid translucent jade.
Adjacent to the Grand Palace is the city’s oldest temple, Wat Pho, which is famed for the Reclining Buddha. This 43 metre-long figure is covered in gold leaf and reaches up to 15 metres at its highest point. There are also more than 1,000 images of the Lord Buddha as well as a sacred tree.
Conclude the tour at the Wat Traimit temple, which is home to a 5.5-tonne solid gold Buddha with an intriguing tale to tell. The Golden Buddha is believed to be about seven centuries old and at some point it was covered in plaster to hide its true value. Over time, this was forgotten and it was only when it fell in 1954 that its true composition was discovered.
DAY 3: DAMNOEN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET
Breakfast at hotel. 07:00am, private transfer with guide to explore the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and take a local long tailed boat to explore the canals.
In this colourful, vibrant market you’ll see the vendors rowing up and down the bustling canals in traditional canoes overflowing with fresh fruit and vegetables, selling their wares to the eager customers thronging the banks. There are plenty of buyers and haggling is common and all part of the fun but don’t expect to bring the price down by more than a few Bahts.
Then drive back to Bangkok and free time at leisure for shopping.
17:30pm, shared transfer from your hotel to Siam Niramit Show.
Siam Niramit is a theatrical performance renowned worldwide showing the history of Thailand through its culture, traditions and beliefs. Located right in the centre of Bangkok , the performance takes place on a giant stage (listed in the Guinness Book of Records) with more than 150 artistes and 500 costumes. This musical compendium of 700 years of the history of this south- eastern Asian country takes place in what is considered to be the highest stage in the world, measuring 12 metres from floor to ceiling, 65 metres wide and 40 metres deep. The performance itself is a mind-boggling variety show including acrobatics, animals, sketches and unique pyrotechnical special effects using state of the art technology to produce a stimulating and inspiring experience.
Enjoy dinner before the show, Siam Niramit’s restaurant offers delicious traditional Thai cuisine as well as an international buffet in an elegant restaurant with views over the Thai village of the four regions. You will be able to enjoy a great variety of world renowned dishes specially created by our chefs including such delicacies as Som Tam (spicy papaya salad) and Gaimg Kieow Waan (green curry). This is a journey to the magical kingdom of Thailand that no-one can afford to miss.
After the show, take a joint transfer back to your hotel.
The Show time: 20:00pm-21:30pm.
DAY 4: BANGKOK – DEPARTURE
Breakfast at hotel and free time at leisure. Private transfer with guide from your hotel to Bangkok Airport and fly to your next destination.
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