Temple and City Tour
Duration: 3 Hours
Overview: A tour of historic and modern Bangkok includes a visit to Wat Jetuphon (better known as Wat Po), the oldest of the city temples, opposite the Grand Palace. The temple is renowned as Thailand's oldest university and there are instructive murals illustrating the finer points of Thai massage, still taught and practiced here. The highlight is the 46 meter long and 15 meter high statue of a reclining Buddha. Also included is a visit to Wat Traimitr, the temple which houses a 5.5 ton gold Buddha, discovered when it's plaster casing broke whilst being transported to its new home from the port area. The tour ends with a visit to a jewelry retailer (Royal Lapidary).
Grand Palace Tour & Emerald Buddha Temple
Duration: 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Overview: The Grand Palace was established at the same time as Bangkok in 1782, by the first king of the ruling Chakri dynasty. Each subsequent monarch has added their own contribution to the complex, so that it represents the full range of royal architecture of the Rattanakosin (Bangkok) period. Some of the buildings represent traditional Thai themes, whilst others have distinct European features. Within the palace grounds is the temple commonly called Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the small but holy figure of the Emerald Buddha (actually fashioned from a type of jadeite). The figure was discovered in a Chiang Rai temple in 1436 and has travelled since to Lampang, Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang and Vientiane. The tour concludes with a visit to a Jewelry retailer (Royal Lapidary).
Half Day Rose Garden, Thai Village & Show
Duration: 4 hours 30 Minutes
Overview: The Rose Garden village enjoys a pleasant riverside location in Nakhon Pathom province, about 32 km to the west of central Bangkok. It is a reconstructed traditional Thai village and a 24 hectare garden with over 20,000 rose bushes. Displays of Thai handicrafts and cookery are on show in the village, and at scheduled times there are performances which introduce facets of Thai culture. These include a demonstration of the national sport Muay Thai, an ordination ceremony for monks, a typical Buddhist wedding and dances from the various regions of Thailand including those of the tribal peoples. The show rounds off with an elephant performance. A 5 minute elephant ride is available. A stop will be made at the Phra Pathom Chedi, the tallest Buddhist monument in the world.
Crocodile Farm & Elephant Theme Show
Duration: 5 hours 30 Minutes
Overview: Located to the west of Bangkok in Nakhon Pathom province, visit Amphran Elephant Ground and Zoo. In the Elephant Show, the elephants are the stars as they dance, race, play football and games. "Yutha Hathi", a great royal battle scene, is even performed with the actors riding on the elephants. See a thrilling crocodile show featuring a master crocodile catcher wrestling crocodiles.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Duration: At you own pace
Overview: "Madame Tussauds Bangkok" is the first in Southeast Asia. See the most celebrated personalities of the world crafted in wax. Michael Jackson, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Steven Gerards, Jim Carrie, Jackie Chan, Madonna, Nicole Kidman, and many more. Here, at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, you can also get to know more about Thailand's celebrities as well as the Royal Family.
Dream World with Lunch
Duration: 6 Hours
Overview: A day out to Dream World should keep all members of the family entertained. This permanent fairground lies just to the north of the city. Enter through Dreamland Plaza, a village of exotic European architecture. Tour the Dream Garden via sightseeing train, cable car and bicycle boat. Replicas of famous buildings, for e.g. the Pyramids and Angkor Wat are on display. Fantasy Land introduces some of the gentler rides and games. Adventure Land is where the serious thrills are to be found: hanging coaster, space mountain on a high-speed train. Or take a trip on the flying carpet? There are also some rides suitable for younger kids such as the bump boat, the battery car, the monorail and the bumper cars. An optional extra is Snow Town - the only place in Thailand where you can build snowmen or take a sleigh ride.
Safari World with Lunch
Duration: 10 Hours
Overview: Safari World is Thailand's most popular open zoo and show park. Covering over 200 acres, it is made up of a Safari Park and a Marine Park, and offers a great variety of fun and entertainment. Drive through Safari Park to experience a close encounter with rare and endangered species. The feeding show lets you get close to lions, tigers and bears. Marine Park has animals from land, sea and air and eight amazing world-class shows ranging from live action stunt spectaculars to performances by animals, including a dolphin show. An optional extra is the Jungle Cruise, a fun-filled water flume ride through uncharted territory, in a land inhabited by headhunters, gorillas and hungry crocodiles. The tour terminates at the hotel via Gems Factory.
Siam Ocean World
Duration: At your own pace
Overview: Located in the basement of the up market Siam Paragon shopping mall, Siam Ocean World presents seven marine themes in its walk-through aquarium. The first zone, is 'Weird and Wonderful' with no fish but a display of crustacean and cephalods. 'Deep Reef' presents the vividly colored denizens of the coral seas. 'Living Ocean' represents a microcosm of survival in the briny. 'Rainforest' moves inland with a collection of freshwater fish, amphibians and mammals. 'Rocky Shore' introduces fauna that thrive where the land meets the sea. 'Open Ocean' introduces the predators of the main, sharks! Finally 'Sea Jellies' showcases the boneless and brainless, yet often beautiful and occasionally deadly. There are hourly 'contact' dives, whilst sharks are fed at 13:30 and 17:30 daily, with seals enjoying their lunch and dinner at 12:30 and 16:30.
Siam Niramit Show with Transfer
Duration: 4 Hours
Overview: After being picked up from your hotel, transfer to Ratchada Road to see the acclaimed Siam Niramit show. The village displays and sells local handicrafts such as carved vegetables, cloth weaving and pottery. The show journeys through Siamese history, legend, folklore and festivals using up-to-the-minute technology to deliver stunning special effects. Three acts include 'Journey Back to History' introducing the four distinct regions of Thailand and their special cultures. 'Journey Beyond Imagination' visits Buddhist earth, heaven and hell. Finally 'Journey Through Joyous Festivals' features highlights from celebrations throughout the year such as the uniquely Thai festival of Loy Krathong.
Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise
Duration: 2 Hours
Overview: The Song Fang Klong riverboat harks back to early 20th century Bangkok, a simple but elegant colonial style twin-deck cruiser. She launches nightly from her berth by the iconic Rama VIII Bridge, gliding through the waters of the Chao Phraya River. Enjoy its banks lined with illuminated Buddhist temples and royal palaces, old trading wharves and colonial style buildings and humbler dwellings of current inhabitants. On deck, sample spicy Thai seafood delicacies prepared by the chefs of Khinlom Chom Saphan Restaurant.
Half Day Damnernsaduak Floating Market
Duration: 5 hours 30 Minutes
Overview: Start with a transfer to the village of Damnernsaduak, about 110km from Bangkok. Surrounded by a network of khlongs (canals) that radiate out into the orchards and gardens of the neighboring countryside, the village market wharf is a focal point where farmers deposit their goods. Much trade is conducted between boats before arriving at the pier, including fruits, vegetables and prepared dishes. Seasonal fruits on offer include mango, jackfruit, rambutan, the notoriously pungent durian and many more. Some bring their stoves along and serve steaming bowls of noodle soup. You will visit Orchid Farm; it is a tourist stopping point with a beautiful orchid farm and butterfly farms. Your tour will terminate after a shopping stop at the Inter Continental Hotel.
Damnernsaduak Floating Market & Kanchanaburi
Duration: 11 Hours
Overview: Depart for Ratchaburi province and the well-known floating market. En route, stop off at an orchid farm to inspect these well-loved exotic blooms. On arrival at Damnernsaduak, take a boat trip along the canals where farmers from the surrounding district, paddle and peddle their produce to the market wharf. Continue to Kanchanaburi for lunch. The province is associated with the Bridge on the River Kwai and the 'Death Railway' constructed by POW labor through Thailand to Burma. Visit the eponymous bridge, reconstructed after its bombardment by Allied forces, and the JEATH Museum on the grounds of a Wat, giving an insight into the daily grind for prisoners. Visit the touching but simple, neat cemetery maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission before returning to Bangkok.
Full Day River Kwai Easy
Duration: 11 Hours
Overview: Kanchanaburi city is 130 km west of Bangkok in a wild mountainous province abutting Burma. Limestone hills and fields of sugar-cane surround it. Kanchanaburi is located where the Khwae Noi and Khwae Yai rivers converge into the Mae Klong river. On arrival visit the Don Rak War Cemetery, last resting place for many who had toiled on the construction of the railway. Entrance to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre opposite gives a full overview of the story of the railway and the hardships endured during construction. Then take a scenic boat ride along the three rivers and view the world famous River Kwai Bridge. Lunch is at a restaurant at Pakseng Pier. In the afternoon take a train ride through lush forest scenery along the notorious 'Death Railway'. Return to Bangkok.