Scratch beneath the surface of Bangkok and explore a while wide world of unique and unseen Thainess that very few in the world (even Bangkokians and Thais themselves) don’t see. This four day program aims to bring the most and the best of the capital to you, for a true feel of what Thailand and Bangkok is all about.
Enlighten yourself with some Thai culture the moment you step foot onto the capital. You’ll be whisked away to an evening of avant garde cultural experience. Included in this is a full range of tasty and colorful Thai dishes, set in a traditionally designed restaurant with views of the Chao Phraya River and lounge chairs in a theatre-style setting. Heard of Tom Yum Goong? Or perhaps Larb? Some of the dishes will be spicy, so watch out!
Experience something very few visitors and locals experience. Wake up early and head off to Wat Pho, Bangkok’s oldest temple. You will be guided to one of the halls where you’ll watch the early morning procession of monks chanting. After this private event, head out to the temple’s main attraction, the supersized image of the Reclining Buddha statue. Don’t forget, the temple is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. Go for it!
Next is the Grand Palace, the official residence of Thai Royalty. Tons of glittering temples, golden stupas and giant statues of mythical creatures are waiting for you here. This is also home to one of Buddhism’s most revered relics, the Emerald Buddha. Continue to Chakrabongse Villa, the former home of Prince Chula Chakrabongse. Enjoy lunch amid lush tropical surroundings and wonderful river views. This is certainly an oasis in frantic Bangkok.
The very river that formed the backdrop of your trip so far will be the source of your next experience. You will actually cruise the River of Kings, passing shop houses, local temples and vendors. This is a side of Bangkok many visitors fail to see. The boat will finally stop at Baan Silapin, a 100 year old renovated house now home to an art gallery. Continue on to a traditional wooden Thai houses set amidst the leafy grounds for an authentic traditional down to earth experience. Then, it’s time to listen to your stomach and feast on some fine Thai food. Head over to Nahm Bangkok, a highly acclaimed restaurant where the finest authentic Thai tastes await indulging. This is where to get it, with style!
Perhaps no man has played an important in revitalizing Thailand’s silk industry than Jim Thompson. However, he disappeared under strange circumstances, which remains unexplainable to this day. Visit his mansion of traditional teak buildings amid a leafy compound filled with antiques. Learn all there is to know about one of Thailand’s most valuable exports.
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