Spend a few days getting to know the many sides of Bangkok’s personality. This fascinating city has so much to offer and you’ll soon realise that anything goes. Where else do sacred temples exist alongside colourful nightlife and incredible hi-tech shopping centres?
Embrace the leisurely pace of life as you explore on holidays in Bangkok. Travel by tuk-tuk and experience the fascinating chaos of the city’s roads. Or take one of the long-tail taxi boats that swarm along the Chao Phraya river and see The Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha on the east bank. Sample tantalising Thai street food along the thriving Khao San Road, which comes alive at night. Or look for tourist trinkets on nearby Soi Rambuttri, which has a more earthy charm.
Enjoy a memorable night aboard one of Bangkok's most luxurious restaurant boats, relaxing in modern comfort and dining like King Rama V on a variety of Thai dishes. As you cruise slowly along the Chao Phraya River you will pass The Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun, and the Grand Palace complex, which both provide sensational twilight photo opportunities. It is also a great vantage point to watch the life along the river as people slowly start to unwind or head home after a busy day.
This guided journey begins with a leisurely drive out of Bangkok, passing through salt fields and rice paddies, before taking a long-tail speedboat to the Damnoen Saduak floating markets. See Thai style canoes laden with colourful fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats. Take a closer look on a boat ride through the markets, for an additional charge. You will then continue to The Rose Garden Cultural Center by coach, to watch local Thai villagers creating traditional handicrafts.
The Grand Palace Complex is home to a number of attractions including Wat Phra Keow, Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Built in traditional Thai architecture, The Grand Palace complex, once the official home for the Kings of Siam, is unquestionably one of Thailand's major tourist highlights. During the tour you will visit the Royal Funeral Hall and the Royal Coronation Hall. Then of course, there is the centrepiece of the complex – the 45cm-tall sacred Emerald Buddha.
Visit the Ayutthaya temples on a cultural day trip from Bangkok. The tour to the ancient capital of Siam includes a trip by riverboat, a must-do activity when you're in Bangkok, with close-up views of the temples and historic sites that line the Chao Phraya River. The UNECSO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya was once a thriving Siamese kingdom and is known today for its spectacular ruins and temples.
Kanchanaburi's famous Bridge on the River Kwai and the beginning of the Death Railway is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POW's and forced labourers who lost their lives in the Second World War. Eighty miles west of Bangkok, the province itself is an agricultural area with sugar cane, rice paddies and pineapple plantations. This full-day guided tour includes a visit to the war museum and the opportunity to ride a local train. Fascinating, moving and memorable sums up the Kanchanaburi experience.