In the morning, experience a trip along the bustling Chao Phya River and the quiet Klongs (canals) in a long-tailed or express boat. Be taken back in time to a more traditional way of life, far removed from Bangkok’s modern skyscrapers.
A stop is made at the Baan Bu community, the only place in Thailand that produce traditional handmade bronze ware. An ancient Thai crafts has existed for more than 200 years. We stop to visit the tranquil riverside forest temple before the last visit at the impressive “Temple of Dawn” (known as Wat Arun).
Proceed to Grand Palace. The Grand Palace is a huge compound, situated along the Chao Phraya River, surrounded by high white walls. The palace occupies an area of about a square mile. The royal palace, begun in 1782 when Bangkok was founded as the capital of Thailand, consists of several buildings with highly decorated architectural designs.
Visit also the royal chapel, or Wat Phra Kaeo, situated in the same compound, enshrines the sacred Emerald Buddha image and is noted for its very beautiful architecture and decorative elements. Return to hotel for leisure.
Note: For religious reasons, ladies must have their shoulders covered and cannot wear shorts or very short skirts. Gents must wear long trousers and short sleeve shirts. Shoes must be removed before entering the Emerald Buddha Temple and sandals are not permitted.
Then cross the river by a ferry boat to Supatra River Restaurant, overlooking the Grand Palace, for a sumptuous Thai set lunch.
Afternoon Vimanmek Mansion claimed as the world’s largest golden teakwood mansion, built in 1900 on the command of King Rama V as his Summer Palace. The three-storey Vimanmek Mansion is the largest golden teak building in the world, built in an architectural style that reflects European influences.
There are two right-angled wings, each 60 meters long and 20 meters high. The section where The King resided is octagonal and has four storeys. The mansion has 81 rooms, halls and ante-chambers. Return to hotel for time at leisure. Overnight in Bangkok