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Bangkok

Thu, 21-Dec-2017. Arrive Bangkok, check in, rest, get massage.
Fri, 22 - Dec. Free day to explore, go to tailor, visit nearby museums, then evening Chinatown street food tour.
Sat, 23-Dec. Tour the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun. After lunch Little India, then dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya river.
Sun, 24-Dec. Morning flight to Chiang Mai

Day 1 – Thu. 21 Dec 2017. Arrive, get settled in, relax!

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Arrive Bangkok.  Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. An airport arrival transfer is included to our hotel. 

Thailand's bustling capital, Bangkok is famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food.

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After your hotel check in, the rest of the day is free to rest up, get a massage, explore, do some shopping or just hang out. Bangkok has so much to offer - why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai massage?  Go visit my favorite tailor for custom clothing!

Accommodation: IBIS STYLES BANGKOK KHAOSAN VIENGTAI – Standard Room 

Day 2 – Fri. 22-Dec-2017. Free day, evening China Town Street Food Tour

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then wander around Khao San Road area – there’s so much to see and do. Nearby options: Bangkok National Museum, the Democracy Monument, the National Gallery, Santichaiprakan Park, Soi Rambutri, Wat Chanagonkram, Wat Mahathat, Wat Saket

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At 15.00, you will walk down to Chaopraya River to take the public ferry to Chinatown.Your short journey will begin at Ratchawong Pier, where you’ll step back in to the old markets in Yaowarat, right in the heart of Chinatown. It doesn’t get any more old-school Bangkok than this – these Chinese locals were traders living in the villages of Bangkok before it became the capital. Your local guide will tell you all about the history of this area, and why it’s such an important part of Chinatown.

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From the pier, your Bangkok tour will continue al Song Wat Road, which is bordered by old business buildings and warehouses that are still operating today, and also head towards the plastic and leather products quarter on Yaowa Phanit Road. This part of the tour is a journey through the bustling businesses of Chinatown, where you’ll be able to see the locals go about their daily duties and get a feel of what it would be like to live here.

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From industry to ancient history, the next stop on your tour will lead you to Wat Traimit Temple, an incredible sight to behold and one of the can’t miss things to do in Bangkok. This stunning temple enshrines the world’s largest golden seated Buddha from the Sukhothai Era, measuring nearly five metres high and weighing five and a half tonnes. Here your guide will let you in on the local secrets and history behind the Buddha, and the legendary tales that surround the original Buddha that sat there. This temple also houses the Chinese Museum, where you’ll learn all about the history of the Chinese people in Thailand and the fascinating relationship between these two countries.  

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Next, you’ll get into everything you’ve been waiting for – bring on the food! With your local guide, you’ll head to a 100-year old coffee shop on Phat Sai Road, where you’ll be treated to a coffee, snack, and the opportunity to sit back and soak up the atmosphere. Fully rejuvenated, you’ll head to a market specialising in Chinese religious products and fresh food. At night, this area is filled with street stalls and becomes one giant and extremely tasty food bazaar. Pick and choose from street grills or the finest Chinese restaurants; this will be your opportunity to go wild and try all those dishes you’ve never even heard of, but after this experience you’ll never forget them!

With a belly full of Bangkok treats, you’ll continue on this Bangkok food tour towards Saphan Phut night market, where you can find a huge array of clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, second-hand collections and antiques on sale. Here you can even have a portrait of yourself painted as a souvenir! You’ll also stop off at Talat Pak Khlong, the largest wholesale flower and vegetable market in Bangkok, an area rich in colour and vitality, and the perfect spot to take some bright Bangkok photos. 

Finishing Time: 20.00pm – 21.00pm 

Meals: B
Accommodation: IBIS STYLES BANGKOK KHAOSAN VIENGTAI – Standard Room 

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Day 3 – Sat. 23-Dec-2017. Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Little India, evening Dinner Cruise

Starting Time: 08.00am – 8.30am. After breakfast, you’ll begin this Bangkok tour by hopping on a local public bus and heading over to the Grand Palace. Strolling through the palace grounds feels like walking through an Asian version of Alice in Wonderland – the buildings are so beautiful they almost don’t feel real. But bet your bottom dollar, they’re real alright! Your local guide will tell you all about the history behind the Palace and the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew. This place is considered to be the spiritual centre of the nation, making it a visit that you cannot afford to miss.

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From one beautiful temple to another, you’ll move on to Wat Po, another temple that is integral to the Buddhist religion in Thailand. It’s home to the infamous golden reclining Buddha and is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. This is one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok, and with our local guide to take your through the temples, you’ll hear all the secret stories and local knowledge about the place.

Continue to the others one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks and known from many postcards, the Wat Arun is best known for its massive prang, a tower on the Chao Phra river bank built in Khmer architectural style. The prang with its height of more than 80 meters is the highest in Thailand. The Wat Arun, commonly known as “the Temple of Dawn”, is one of only six temples of the highest grade of the first class Royal Temples, and therefore one of Thailand’s most revered temples

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You will head on towards to Phahurat Market, in the heart of Bangkok's Little India, where all kinds of fabrics, cloths, ornaments, and accessories are sold along with stalls selling delicious Indian snacks. Here you’ll find a truly unique mix between Thai and Indian culture, and the meeting of these two very distinctive cultures create something very special! Finishing Time: 13.00pm – 14.00pm

Dress standard: Please ensure your knees and shoulders are covered as this day tour visits a religious temple

Starting Time: 18.00pm. This evening you’ll enjoy a river cruise and dinner on the mighty Chao Phraya River. This is a great way to experience Bangkok's historical landmarks from a different perspective. Feast on Thai cuisine as you watch river life go by.

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A luxury rice barge journey into Thai culture and the Thai heart. Five star dining, traditional culture and touring, on the only original antique teakwood rice barge on the river in Bangkok. Experience first-class Thai hospitality and delicious food from around Thailand in the comfort and tranquility of this luxury, open-air cruise. Finishing Time: 20.00pm

Meals: B,D
Accommodation: IBIS STYLES BANGKOK KHAOSAN VIENGTAI – Standard Room 
Loy Nava Dinner Cruise

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