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5-Day Thailand: Bangkok and Floating Market

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Day 1 : Arrival

Visiting: Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand! Upon your arrival after the immigration, meet your local guide and driver then transfer to your hotel.

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  • Standard Lodging: Park Plaza Sukhumvit or Amari Boulevard
  • Luxury Lodging: Upon request

Day 2 : Bangkok City Tour

Visiting: Bangkok

The epitome of a modern Asian city, Bangkok is a great introduction to Thai culture, history, art and religion. Today, you will have the opportunity to explore the rich treasures within the riverfront temples and palaces, and to wander through the active markets and streets.

In the morning, meet your private guide and driver and then begin your tour of the dazzling Grand Palace, Wat Po and Wat Phra Keo. The pinnacle of Bangkok-style art and architecture, this complex houses Thailand's most sacred object, the Emerald Buddha, and was the residence of Thailand's royal family until the 1950s. Next, board a long-tailed boat on the Chao Phraya River (River of Kings), stopping to view the magnificent Royal Barges, and venturing down remote Klongs, or canals, where the indigenous wooden architecture of old Siam is still very much in evidence. View traditional waterfront homes with their "Salas" and spirit houses, as well as a couple of neighborhood Thai temples and monasteries. Lunch at Supatra River House.

After lunch your guide will take you to visit the Vimanmek Teak Mansion on the grounds of the Dusit Palace. This magnificent golden teak building, with 81 rooms, halls and anterooms was the residence of King Rama V in the early 1900s. It currently houses some of the personal effects of King Rama V and a fine collection of early Ratanakosin art and antiques. Return to the hotel late in the afternoon. Enjoy the evening at your leisure.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Park Plaza Sukhumvit or Amari Boulevard
  • Luxury Lodging: Upon request

Day 3 : Thai Cooking Class

Visiting: Bangkok

This morning meet your guide in the hotel lobby and transfer to the world-famous Blue Elephant Restaurant and Cooking School for a four-hour Thai cooking class, from 8:45 AM to 1:30 PM. Located in the heart of Bangkok opposite the Surasak Sky train station, the Blue Elephant Cooking School welcomes you to a beautiful, century-old mansion where you will discover and experience the culinary wonders of Royal Thai Cuisine. The Blue Elephant Cooking School has fully equipped facilities, which offer you the chance to put your hands to work making Thai cuisine.

A typical day will commence with a visit to the morning market. Accompanied by an instructor, you will learn to select and buy Thai ingredients for your personal cooking lesson. The class will be followed by a meal in the restaurant, sampling your own cooking as well as additional Thai dishes for lunch. Return to your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Park Plaza Sukhumvit or Amari Boulevard
  • Luxury Lodging: Upon request

Day 4 : Damnoen Sanuak Floating Market China Town

Visiting: Bangkok

Early this morning meet your private guide for an excursion to Damneon Saduak. Located 50 miles southwest of the city, it is the largest floating market in the Kingdom. En route you will have the opportunity to view the endless emerald-green rice paddies and shrimp farms, with a stop to visit the largest pagoda in Thailand, Nakorn Pathom. An early start this morning ensures that you will beat the crowds to the market. Have a bowl of noodle soup from one of the boats before driving back to Bangkok.

Returning to the city, explore Bangkok's Chinatown, covering a large area around Yaowarat Road and Charoen Krung Road. There are many small streets and alleys full of shops selling all types of goods. The area is always lively and market stalls abound. It has been the main center for trading by the Chinese for the last 200 years. Nearby is Phahurat Market, one of the city's renowned cloth centers. The small, crowded Sampeng Lane is especially interesting, particularly the old, gold shops and drug stores selling traditional medicines. This afternoon return to your hotel with rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Park Plaza Sukhumvit or Amari Boulevard
  • Luxury Lodging: Upon request

Day 5 : Departure

Visiting: Bangkok

Check out from your hotel and transfer to the Suvarnabhumi Airport or continue your journey in Thailand or another country in Southeast Asia.

  • Meals: B

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