Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand
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2 Days/1 Night
Day 1 (L/D)
Depart the pier for the 2½-hour drive to Bangkok. Upon arrival in the City of Angels, proceed to visit the Grand Palace. Since 1872, the Palace has been the focal point for the people of Thailand. Exploring the grounds, you will marvel at the extensive murals, gilded spires and fantastic architectural designs of the buildings. The sacred image of the Buddha sits high atop a golden throne in the Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Carved in the 15th century from a single piece of jade, the Buddha guards the sovereignty of the Kingdom and the religious beliefs of the people.
Board a typical taxi, an open-air motor tricycle called a Tuk Tuk for a ride to a local restaurant for lunch.
After lunch, re-board your coach and continue to Wat Po or the Temple of Reclining Buddha, one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok.
Afterwards, embark on a private boat for a cruise on the Chao Phraya River. Along the way, observe local resident’s living and working along the water, and view the spectacular Wat Arun, or "Temple of Dawn", one of Bangkok’s most recognized landmarks.
Disembark the boat at the hotel pier to check in and freshen up before your evening activity. Enjoy a traditional Thai dinner at a local restaurant, accompanied by a classical Thai dance performance.
Overnight at Shangri-La Bangkok, or similar.
Day 2 (B/L)
After breakfast at the hotel, board your motorcoach for a scenic 90-minute drive to visit two rural markets. First stop will be at the unique market at Mae Klong. Every morning until late in the evening, this market springs to life selling a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, snacks and more. What makes the market unique and exciting is the fact that a train will run through the market 8 times a day, every day of the week.
Continue to Damnernsaduak and enjoy a fascinating boat ride providing an interesting glimpse into local daily life, orchards, traditional teak houses and floating market hyacinths.
Disembark at the floating market and spend some free time strolling through the canals filled with small flat boats jockeying for position, expertly paddled by ladies ready to stop and bargain at a moment’s notice. Afterwards, re-board your coach for a 90-minute return drive to Bangkok.
Enjoy lunch at the hotel before re-boarding the coach for a return 2.5-hour journey to the pier.
Please note: Modest attire is required for visiting temples; no fitted tops are allowed; shirts/blouses must cover shoulders; trousers must cover ankles; shorts and short skirts are not permitted. Wear comfortable walking shoes. You must remove your shoes at one or more location(s).