Touring Bangkok

Many tourists who travel to Bangkok are immediately overwhelmed by the sheer size of the city and the vast number of attractions Bangkok has to offer. Indeed there is a wide variety of Bangkok sightseeing opportunities spanning more than two centuries of rapid development following the city’s founding in 1782 by King Rama I, the first king of the present Chakri dynasty.

Since that auspicious date, Bangkok has swelled to a cosmopolitan, 21st century city of more than ten million inhabitants. While the immensity of the city and its bustling streets can be intimidating at first, those who spend some time in Bangkok are quickly enamored by the myriad of attractions Bangkok contains, from exotic temples, which underscore Thailand’s strong Buddhist history, to modern shopping malls, which make shopping an integral part of any Bangkok visit.

Other historical and cultural Bangkok sightseeing ‘must sees’ include the National Museum, Vimanmek Mansion, and Suan Pakkad Palace, all of which either house fine art or are national treasures in their own right. Beyond Bangkok’s historical district, there are plenty of other attractions that make a Bangkok holiday both enjoyable and memorable. The downtown districts along Silom and Sukhumvit Roads have a convenient electric rail system, including an elevated sky-train and underground subway, that have made travel in Bangkok both easy and enjoyable.

Connecting hotels directly to shopping malls and traditional markets, such as Mah Boon Krong Center and Chatuchak (JJ) weekend market, the MRT and BTS systems have literally elevated Bangkok shopping to world-class status. Of course, no Thailand holiday is complete without experiencing Thailand’s vibrant nightlife. Whether, the purpose of your Thailand holiday is to immerse yourself in Thailand’s unique culture or simply to splurge in Bangkok shopping malls, when you travel to Bangkok you are guaranteed a fascinating experience of both old-world charm and modern convenience and luxury.

 

 

The Grand Palace

Every visitor to Bangkok should see the magnificent buildings within the Grand Palace compound to get a feeling of the grandeur architectural style.Since the founding of Bangkok as the Nations capital by King Rama I, The Grand Palace has been the major architectural symbol of The Thai Royal Family. In the present time, The Royal Family resides at Chitralada Palace while The Grand Palace is used for ceremonial purposes.

 

The City Pillar Shrine

According to an old Thai tradition, a city pillar had to be built upon the establishment of a new city. King Rama I had the Bangkok city pillar erected near the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on Sunday, 21 April, 1782, with the citys horoscope inside.

The original pillar was made of cassia wood known as Chaiyaphruek, measuring 75 cm. in diameter and 27 cm. high. In the reign of King Rama IV, the old dilapidated pillar was replaced by a new one made of the same kind of wood, measuring 270 cm. high and standing on a base of 175 cm. wide, sheltered by a Prang-shaped shrine as it appears today. The shrine also houses images of protective deities including Thepharak, Chaopho Ho Klong, Phra Suea Mueang, Phra Song Mueang, Chaopho Chetakhup and Phra Kan Chai Si.

 

Bangkok Dolls & Museum

Bangkok Dolls have won several awards for their creations.  A single-storey workshop and Doll Museum in the Chandavimol family compound at 85 Soi Ratchataphan (Soi Mo Leng) in Bangkoks Makkasan district is the magnet for several visitors who wish to inspect these miniature creations in all their wondrous variety.

 

National Gallery Museum

Situated on Chao Fa Road opposite the National Theatre, the museum exhibits traditional and contemporary works of art created by Thai artists. 

 

EXTENSION PACKAGE: 3-day/2-night CHIANG MAI  

Day 1: Arrival in Chiang Mai and transfer to hotel for check-inSightseeing in Chiang Mai with visit to Doi Suthep and Wat Pra Singh with Rickshaw RideThe Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple is on top of the hill. There are spectacular views of Chiang Mai city and its surroundings from the top of this mountain. Continue to Wat Pra Singh, Chiang Mai's most visited temple. The temple owes its fame to the fact that it houses the city's most revered Buddha image, and it has a fine collection of classic Lanna art and architecture. Leave the temple by Rickshaw for a short ride around the town.Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 2: Mae Sa Elephant Camp with visit to Hilltribe Villages at Baan Tong Luang with lunch (Private Program) A short drive brings you to the Mae Sa Elephant Camp. Here you will have the chance to watch these amazing creatures take their daily bath and then witness the traditional training techniques still used today. Then continue to a nearby Eco-Agricultural Hill Tribes Village called Baan Tong Luang. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 3: Transfer to Chiang Mai Airport for your flight.

EXTENSION PACKAGE: 3-day /2-night PHUKET 

Day 1: Arrival in Phuket and transfer to hotel for check-in. Afternoon Phuket City Tour (Private Tour)Pick up from hotel then drive into Phuket town for sightseeing around the old part of town and time to explore the old Sino–Portuguese buildings. A chance to visit “Chin Pracha House” which is one of the oldest houses of Phuket, built in 1904. After that drive to the stunning view point on top of Rang Hill overlooking Phuket Town and the center areas of the island then heading to Wat Chalong, one of the island’s most famous temples.  Overnight in Phuket

Day 2: Depart hotel by air-conditioned motor coach to “Boat Lagoon” pier, about 45 mins drive, where you board speedboats for Sightseeing tour to James Bond Islands - Phang Nga Bay Start with a cruise through mangrove swamps to visit the Tham Lod and Koh Panyee, which is popularly known as “James Bond Island” after the filming of Ian Fleming’s “Man with the Golden Gun”. For non-stop fun, come with us to a lush tropical island with its white sandy beach where the simply yet delicious beach lunch is being served. After lunch, enjoy the beautiful secluded white sandy beach, the surrounding waters are excellent for swimming, sun bathing, various beach activities.Overnight in Phuket

Day 3: DepartureTransfer to Phuket Airport for your flight.