Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Kanchanaburi – Hua Hin
Arrival in Bangkok. You will be met by our guide, who will escort you to your hotel. Check in and free time.
Explore the two most renowned attractions in Bangkok - The Grand Palace with the Chapel of Emerald Buddha and Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha). Spend the day learning about Bangkok's most notable landmarks. Learn about the Buddhist places of worship and the Thai history.
Drive towards the Rattanakosin Island where you will visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). The palace once served as the residence of the Royal family and the administrative court from 1782-1925. Inside the same compound is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, revered as the most sacred temple. See the carved statue of the Lord Buddha in a traditional seated pose. Admire the gilded interior that surrounds the statue on all sides. Continue to Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok and home to the famous reclining Buddha image of 15 meter high and 46 meter long. Wat Pho is a beautifully decorated Buddhist temple complex with magnificent architecture which contains nearly a hundred stupas, as well as hundreds of typical Chinese statues of different shapes and sizes.
Experience an exhilarating long-tailed boat ride along the Chao Phraya River and canals in Thonburi. See hundreds of wooden houses built on stilts and explore traditional way of life near water canals.
Depart from Bangkok to visit Bang Pain royal summer palace. Built during the Ayutthaya era the palace is beautifully decorated in both traditional Chinese and European styles. See a unique Chinese-style hall with a vast collection of Thai, Chinese, and European artifacts. Proceed to Ayuthaya – a site of the former capital of the kingdom of Siam. Visit the archaeological site of great historical interest and declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Ayutthaya is a remaining example of the importance and the rich heritage of this country. Explore over 600 year old Wat Mahathat temple, which was the heart and soul of the Ayutthaya people. It was almost completely destroyed by the Burmese during the 1766 - 67 invasion. Visit Wat Phra Namen, the only not destroyed temple, used as the headquarters by the Burmese army. The splendid golden Buddha statue, dressed in regal attire, is placed in the temple along with an ancient green stone carved Buddha. Proceed to Wat Lokayasutharam where you can see a giant reclining Buddha statue.
Depart to Maeklong Raiway Market (Talad Rom Hoop), a must see attraction in Thailand. You will see a train pushing through a busy market and watch as the shopkeeper pull their table of vegetable and meat out of the way. It is a unique and exotic experience. Drive to Ratchaburi province for Damnoensaduak Floating Market. Arrive at a jetty pier and board a long-tailed boat ride for about 30 minutes, passing through remote plantations and Thai villages along the river and winding canal. At the floating market of Damnoensaduak, it is amazing to see a lively market scene of local vendors selling local foods, tropical fruits, and numerous handicraft products on their boats.
Continue to Kanchanaburi - a small town located some 120 km to the west of Bangkok, not far from the Burmese border. Free time to take pictures on the famous bridge over River Kwai or for shopping at a local market. Afternoon go to Resotel pier – a place located some 50 km to the north of Kanchanaburi town. Take a long-tail boat to River Kwai Resotel. The scenery there is simply stunning: a river snaking its way among jungle covered hills. Overnight at Resotel.
After breakfast visit Erawan National Park. There is a very picturesque waterfall composed of 7 levels. Free time for swimming and relaxation at the waterfall. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch transfer to Hua Hin. Check in at the hotel and time for rest.
Free time at leisure. Optional tours:
Check out at 12:00. Transfer to Bangkok airport for your departure flight. End of services.