Bangkok oozes variety. Cruise by long-tail taxi boat along the river one moment, then sit street side for a Thai massage the next. Take in the mesmerising culture, as tradition meets modernity. Embrace the wonders of this place and explore.
Immerse yourself in the abundance of street markets, floating markets and night markets. From mysterious fruit selections, artwork, colourful lanterns and tantalising street food – enjoy it all. Book flights to Bangkok and visit as many temples as you can, from the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Saket and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, each ancient Buddhist temple will enchant you. Make a trip to the contrasting MBK Centre, the biggest in Bangkok, and shop across eight floors. For everything from gadgets to spices. Experience the thriving nightlife of Khao San Road or dine at dusk by the glistening Chao Phraya River. Choose how you spend your time, with a stay at one our wonderful hotels.
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.