TOUR CODE: TEMTRO
Trip Type: Independent Journey
Enjoy the Thai indulgence in Bangkok, Thailand’s churning capital city. Here, urban life whirls through open-air flower markets, winding among silk peddlers and mingling with the curried aromas of street carts. Then, it’s off to Phuket, one of Thailand’s bigger islands and famous for its lively vibe, then marvel at soaring limestone cliffs and the stunning white sands of the tropical beaches of Phi Phi and Krabi.
Touchdown in Bangkok, the Thai capital, we will be welcomed by our local representative at the airport, and you will be transferred to your hotel to get well rested for the night.
TEMPLES, CANALS & THE GRAND PALACE (B)
We start exploring the Thai capital as we hop aboard a long-tail boat to tour Bangkok’s canals, temples, and the Grand Palace. First, cruise Thonburi’s scenic ‘klongs’ (canals) on the Chao Praya River’s west bank. See the Royal Barges Museum and the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and get a glimpse of everyday life in the former capital district. Then, visit the splendid Grand Palace complex, the most important and impressive royal palace in Thailand. Your guide will show you the courts used for different occasions, including the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Appropriate dress is required. We return to our hotel for a free afternoon to enjoy this vibrant city.
Free day in Bangkok.
Bangkok is famous for its markets and has some of the best markets in the world. If you are a big fan of markets, the Chatuchak weekend market (opens on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) is well worth spending a few hours. This open market offers a great variety of unique things to shop, the delicious street food, snacks, and drinks. It is fun walking around in between the different stalls looking at all the strange, unique, useful, and unuseful things they sell. When you find something you like, remember to haggle over the price.
To learn more about Thai history, consider our optional tour to the Historic City of Ayutthaya, once the capital of the Siamese Kingdom.
Fly to Krabi on southern Thailand’s west coast, famed for its enchanting white-sand beaches and limestone formations. Upon arrival, meet your driver at the airport arrival hall for your transfer to the hotel.
Take advantage of your free day to visit Railay Beach or Phi Phi Island.
Another free day at leisure or spend the day at Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, home to many spectacular plants and animals.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to your hotel in Phuket.
Today is a free day to relax. Take an optional excursion to the famous Phi Phi Islands, or enjoy a serene cruise around the mystical Phang Nga Bay.
A day for relaxation or perhaps, spend the day snorkeling, kayaking, diving, or exploring some of the town’s finest shops. For the total island experience, join our optional Jungle Trekking tour to experience the tropical forest with its great variety of plants and wildlife. Hike past the impressive limestone rock through the untouched jungle and learn more about indigenous plants.
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Meals: B= Breakfast L= Lunch
Per person, based on double occupancy
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