A two-day excursion to discover the many sides of Bangkok - ranging from Buddhist temples to a cruise along the Chao Phraya river to majestic colourful palaces and their magnificent architecture. Between some shopping and delicious local and international dishes, we also discover the most traditional side of Thai culture with a folklore show that will take our breath away.
What we will see
[Day 1] * Temple of the Reclining Buddha * Emerald Buddha Temple * Grand Palace * Restaurant lunch * Cruise along the river * Siam Niramit theatre: dinner and traditional show * Shopping in a night-time market [Day 2] * Breakfast at the hotel * Vimanmek palace * Return to the port
What we will do
DAY 1 * Once in Bangkok, our first day starts with a visit to two of its most famous temples. The first is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha , home to the third largest reclining Buddha statue in Thailand. * We then move on to the Emerald Buddha Temple, home to the most ancient Buddha statue, whose clothing is changed three times a year in conjunction with the Thai seasons during a solemn ceremony performed by the Monarch himself. * Inside the 1,900 metres of walls that surround the complex, we can also observe the Grand Palace, commissioned in 1782 when King Rama I decided to move the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok. * We start feeling peckish so a local restaurant welcomes us for a delicious lunch with international and Thai dishes. * We then move towards the nearby jetty, from where we set sail on a thrilling trip along the Chao Phraya river - a fascinating cruise that enables us to admire city life on both banks. * Once back on dry land, we have some free time to shop in a famous store. * We then head towards the Siam Niramit theatre where, while waiting for the evening show, we enjoy a delightful buffet dinner with international dishes. * A unique experience awaits us after dinner: a majestic show illustrating the history and traditions of Thailand filled with colours, surprising set designs, singing and dancing. * After the show, we go for a stroll through an evocative night-time market to immerse ourselves in the authentic local atmosphere and to do a bit of shopping. * We then reach one of the main hotels overlooking the river where we can rest. DAY 2 * An abundant breakfast awaits us when we wake up, providing the energy we need for another pleasant day spent discovering charming Bangkok. * We head towards Vimanmek Palace, the largest golden teak palace in the world. * Built without using one single nail in the second half of the 19th century, it is a truly sumptuous building yet surprisingly intimate and serene. It reflects the splendour as well as the Western influence prevailing at the time. * While visiting its countless rooms, we are fascinated by the grand architecture and by the numerous objects once owned by King Rama V. * After our visit, we bid farewell to the fabulous city of Bangkok and head back to the port on our coach.
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