• About Bangkok

    Bangkok, Thailand's capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.

  • Places to Visit

    This is Bangkok's main attraction. The Grand Palace complex was the official home of the King since 1782, however today the present King Rama IX lives at Chitralada Palace and the Grand Palace is used for important events and ceremonies. The palace was also the base for the royal court up until 1925.The Grand Palace was built in 1782 under Rama I when he transfered the country's capital from Thonburi to Bangkok. Over the years each king has had structures added to the palace complex up until the royals moved out in 1925 followed by the government officials who left the palace in 1932 when absolute monarchy was abolished.

    This temple is more commonly known as Temple of the Emerald Buddha; it is one of the city's most historic temples and is located close to the Grand Palace. The temple's claim to fame and main attraction is the Phra Kaew Morakot, the Emerald Buddha which was carved out of a single piece of jade. The Buddha is located in the main prayer hall or ubosot. The Buddha sits meditating in a position used by the Lanna School in the north and it dates back to the 1400s. The only person who is allowed to get within touching distance of the Buddha is the king. The Buddha is "dressed" is a cloak, a different one for each season of the year and this is done by the king in a special ceremony. The creation of the Buddha began during the reign of Rama I when the capital was relocated from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1785.

    Wat Pho is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, it is located near the Grand Palace on Rattanakosin Island. The temple complex covers 80,000m and is Bangkok's largest temple as well as being one of the oldest, it also has the most extensive collection of Buddha images out of all Thailand temples (over 1,000). The temple was constructed about 200 years before Bangkok became the capital but was rebuilt under Rama I.

    A Bangkok river cruise is a luxurious way to view main attractions including the Grand Palace and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) illuminated at night. During your Chao Phraya River dinner cruise, feast on a buffet of authentic Thai dishes while watching the lit-up city skyline pass by. Relax as the live band provides the ambiance. Hotel transport is included from select locations on this 2.5- to 3-hour excursion.

    This 4-hour cultural night tour by tuk-tuk provides a great introduction to Bangkok for first-time visitors, but it also showcases a side of the city that most repeat visitors haven't seen. You get to bypass heavily trafficked areas and take off-the-beaten-track routes toward illuminated temples such as Wat Pho and a bustling, 24-hour flower market. Enjoy dinner, followed by dessert at a secret, mystery stop.