Bangkok - temples, canals, people, food, and shopping. It's a magical city.
We begin our day with a morning drive to Wat Pho. Here, you will experience the monks' morning chanting ritual. This temple is home to the breathtaking Reclining Buddha. This is Bangkok's oldest and biggest temple and the massive Buddha is something you will never forget.
From here, you'll take a tuk-tuk ride via the Pak Khlong Flower Market. You'll find even more sights, sounds, and smells at the biggest flower market in the city. It is sensory overload whether you visit in the morning, afternoon or late at night. Throughout the night boats full of jasmine, lotus, and carnations unload their goods. Watching these people 'work' these flowers into further magic will make you jealous; their designs are incredible and it is made to look so easy!
Once we're done admiring the flowers at the market, we'll stop at the spectacular Grand Palace. This palace and Wat Phra Kaeo, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, are the most revered in this city of 365 temples. The grounds are stunning and though you feel as if you will never see it all, your experienced guide will help you navigate to the most important parts while talking of the rest.
The Grand Palace became the home of the royal family in 1784, yet it has not had a king reside here since the early 20th century. Yet is is a stunning display of Thai art and architecture. Wat Phra Kaeo served as the royal chapel of the Grand Palace. The glittering mosaics and other-worldly creatures seem to stand as guards for the precious Emerald Buddha.
Close by, you will see the famous canals and no visit to Bangkok is complete without a klong tour. A khlong, also spelled Klong, is the general name for a canal in the central plain of Thailand and your tour on the river and then into the canals is an amazing view of both residential life on the water as well as some industry. This is a fascinating way to see a side of the city that few tourists ever experience.
Relaxed and ready, you will disembark your boat and head over to Wat Arun, once the grand royal temple to King Rama II. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will cross the river and drive to Chinatown for a first-hand look at Old Bangkok. We'll walk along Yaowarat Road, where shops are selling everything from gold and garments to antiques and musical instruments. Here, we'll explore the bustling Talad Kao Market where a variety of food, fresh and daily dry fruits and Chinese herbs are sold before returning to your hotel.
- Please bring a copy of your passport for security check before entering the Grand Palace.
- Please note there is surcharge pricing for all National and New Year holidays. Contact ShoreTrips with any questions.
Days offered: 7 days a week