Bangkok is a quintessential blend of old and new! Meaning the city of angels, Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand – and is its largest metropolis. The city has always been ahead in terms of its modernity, and was at the heart of Siam, the former name for the Kingdom of Thailand. Every street turn is a new adventure, where skyscrapers meet astonishing traditional architecture, interspersed with numerous beautiful temples, monasteries and palaces. It is a shopper’s paradise too – from gleaming luxury malls with glittering electronic goods and designer fashion to charming street and night markets where you can hone your negotiation skills and pick up a marvellous bargain or two.
Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa is a luxury resort, located on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River near the Krung Thep bridge, the city centre and all the famous sights of Bangkok. See Hotel
Hotel Style: International
This luxury hotel belongs to the Mandarin Oriental chain, known for its high-end hotels in Asia and around the world. See Hotel
Hotel Style: International
Riva Surya on the charming Phra Arthit Road, is a modern and idyllic boutique hotel located in the heart of Bangkok and surrounded by historical sites - Grand Palace, National Museum, Wat Po. See Hotel
Hotel Style: International
The Sukhothai Bangkok Hotel embodies the very essence of Thailand. See Hotel
Things to do
Street Food Tour (0830 AM-1230 noon)
A local expert will help you savor the wonderful local delicacies of Thailand with a morning street food tour in the capital.
Flower Market & Chinatown/ Patpong Night Market
Embrace the night in Bangkok with an evening stroll through the city
Suan Pakkad Palace & Jim Thompson Tour
Reminisce on the traditional Thai architecture and art of yesteryear. Commence your half day tour at the Suan Pakkad Palace with its cluster of five traditional teak homes that were once the home of Prince and Princess Chumbhot. Explore the former residence of Jim Thompson, a legendary American businessman who settled in Thailand after World War 2 and reinvigorated the Thai silk industry. Now a museum, Thompson
Sala Rim Naam Dinner & Classic Dance
Sala Rim Naam is famed for being the most luxurious and exclusive dinner shows in Bangkok. Just across from the Oriental Hotel, on the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River, Sala Rim Naam offers a wide selection of Thai cuisine. Its richly decorated Thai pavilion is reminiscent of Northern Thai architecture, while the restaurant – enjoy a 3-course set dinner of delectable Thai cuisine – is also the setting for a unique cultural experience – classical Thai Dance performed each night.
Manohra (Dinner) Cruise
Journey back in time with a uniquely romantic yet stylishly cultural experience aboard the luxurious Manohra (Dinner) Cruise. Discover Bangkok at it finest asyou slowly drift along the Chao Phraya Riverside, unraveling this ‘City of Angels
Visit to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Drive 2hrs to the vibrant Damnoen Saduak floating market featuring numerous small boats laden with colorful fruits and vegetables, paddled by Thai women wearing bamboo hats. A swarming mass of humanity – vendors, purchasers and tourists – the best experience is to board a rowing boat yourself and row through the maze of canals, purchasing along the way some fresh produce and other items. This is the best way to see the frenetic daily life on the water as it actually is for the locals.
Kanchanaburi (With Train Ride)
Drive 2.5hrs west of Bangkok to Kanchanaburi province. Visit the infamous bridge on the River Kwai and the Death Railway built by thousands of Japanese captured allied POW’s; see the WW II Cemetery with the remains of 6982 Australian, Dutch and British POW’s, losing their lives during the railway and bridge construction; explore the JEATH Museum with WW II memorabilia. Enjoy a 1hr train ride via stunning jungle scenery and all POW made historic sites.
Discover Bangkok in all its regal glory! Begin with a cruise through the Thonburi klongs (canals) on a long tail boat. Stop en route at Wat Arun, the ‘Temple of Dawn’ monastery. Proceed onwards to the majestic Grand Palace to witness majestic throne halls and the enigmatic Emerald Buddha. Feast on lunch overlooking the Chao Phraya River at the exotic Supatra River House. Spend your afternoon with a visit to the world
Ruins of Ayutthaya Ancient City
North of Bangkok, discover the ancient city of Ayutthaya, about one and a half hour
Biking in China Town (Group Act)
Bangkok, known as ‘Krung Thep’ in Thai, is Thailand’s cosmopolitan pulsating metropolis, shopping heaven, tourist treasure-trove, cultural delight and capital city. Explore the greener side of Bangkok with an engaging bicycle ride. Just outside the heart of Bangkok and across the Chao Phraya River, Bang Kra Jao is a haven of greenery, and an insightful 2hr ride showcases a different side of the capital city. Pedal your way via Bang Kra Jao, an area of waterways, tiny roads, small villages, temples and real tropical jungle. Pass through local markets, lush gardens and Thai houses; observe local communities living and working here. Had it not been for Bangkok’s visible skyline, you would never believe that you were so close to the city!
Ayutthaya Tour by Grand Pearl Cruise (Shared Cruise)
The ancient city of Ayutthaya, Thailand’s erstwhile capital for 417 years, is perfect for showcasing Thai architectural heritage. Embark on a day’s exploration of Ayutthaya, discovering magnificent ruins and art works of this former Siamese kingdom (1351-1767). Continue further to the 17th century Bang Pa-In Royal Palace or Summer Palace located on the Chao Phraya River banks, formerly used by Thai kings. The palace complex boasts landscaped gardens emulating European designs, and is scattered with buildings along an artificial ornamental pond that effortlessly blends emerging European architectural styles with traditional Thai and Chinese influences. Within the inner complex, there is one interesting building open to the public as it boasts ebony and red lacquer interiors – highlighting a Chinese-style residence from China. Unwind at the end of the day with a luxury cruise and buffet lunch en route back to Bangkok.
On the Blessings Trail
Bangkok, known as ‘Krung Thep’ in Thai, is Thailand’s cosmopolitan pulsating metropolis, shopping heaven, tourist treasure-trove, cultural delight and capital city. Embark on a fascinating excursion through Bangkok’s revered spiritual landmarks and get engrossed in Thailand’s religious culture. Watch Thai monks performing their daily morning chants; indulge in Buddhist alms donations; visit the ‘Golden Mount’ or Wat Saket, a temple in the heart of the city near the Grand Palace. Continue further through Bangkok’s historic park; arrive at Wat Ratchabopit – see its exquisite architecture and the Tiger God Shrine, one of the oldest Taoist Temples in Bangkok.
Biking in China Town (Private Act)
Bangkok, known as ‘Krung Thep’ in Thai, is Thailand’s cosmopolitan pulsating metropolis, shopping heaven, tourist treasure-trove, cultural delight and capital city. Explore the greener side of Bangkok with an engaging bicycle ride. Just outside the heart of Bangkok, Bang Ka Jao is a haven of greenery, and an insightful 2hr ride exhibits a different side of the capital city. Pedal your way via Bang Ka Jao, an area of waterways and tiny roads. Pass through local markets; see lush gardens; notice small temples and Thai houses; observe local communities living and working here.
Bangkok City Safari
Bangkok, known as ‘Krung Thep’ in Thai, is Thailand’s cosmopolitan pulsating metropolis, shopping heaven, tourist treasure-trove, cultural delight and capital city. Embark on an eco-friendly excursion through stimulating Bangkok by experiencing its fantastic local transportation. Accompanied by your guide, enjoy a scenic ride on the ‘sky train’ via city views, as well as a public boat trip on the Chao Phraya River. After visiting the Wat Pho and Grand Palace, travel by local ‘Tuk Tuk’ and canal boat to reach the self-made American entrepreneur Jim Thompson’s Thai House and Museum in Bangkok’s city center – a complex of various old Thai structures that he, the ‘Legendary American of Thailand’ collected in the 1950s and 60s.