This unique itinerary by Remote Lands combines cultural pursuits with the great outdoors. After visiting key historical sights within Old Bangkok we travel to Thailand’s wine country - Khao Yai - for a bike tour through vineyards and sample some of the region’s wares. The National Parkland of Khao Yai hosts the final day’s activity - a trek deep into evergreen forest, home to hundreds of species of birds and mammals.
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Starting at Bangkok’s historical and cultural epicenter, we visit the Grand Palace, located in Old Bangkok. Here, you can see Thailand’s most revered temple - the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Next, we explore the canals by longtail boat on a thrilling ride through the khlongs of Thonburi, to see how life unfurls within the river communities. Next, it’s off to the truly spellbinding Wat Arun - the Temple of the Dawn - or to Wat Po, which houses the largest indoor Reclining Buddha. For a luxurious first night, we recommend The Peninsula hotel on the Chao Phraya River, one of the city’s landmark properties.
Thais are intensely proud of their cuisine, and today you can gain some insight into this passion with a Thai cooking class. Learn how to cook famous Thai dishes at a prestigious culinary school by the river, using fresh produce from the school’s organic gardens. Next on the itinerary we bring you to Pak Klong Talaat - the flower market - is next on the itinerary, where fruit, vegetables and bundles of fresh flowers arrive by the truckload from nearby provinces. In the evening, it’s over to nearby Yaowarat Road, at the center of Chinatown, a treasure trove of fresh seafood and authentic Thai-Chinese cuisine.
In the morning we head to the mountains Khao Yai, where the cooler climate creates fertile ground for Thailand’s growing viticulture industry. The lush green environs of the vineyards are the perfect setting for a leisurely bike ride, enjoying cool mountain air and even stopping to sample local wines. At the end of the day, retreat to one of the area’s five-star mountain resorts - we recommend The Kirimaya Resort, unsurpassed for luxury in Khao Yai.
Today we explore Thailand’s third largest national park, home to countless animal species, including Asiatic bears, Asian elephants, gibbons, sambar deer and more than 400 species of birds. On this three- to four-hour jungle trek we take in just a fraction of this UNESCO site’s beautiful landscapes, including waterfalls, lakes, caves and cliffs.
Overlooking the Chao Phraya river, the iconic Peninsula’s commanding views of the city’s skyline make it one of the most elegant choices in Bangkok. Designed with a blend of modern and traditional Thai decor, the hotel provides all of the comforts of home with an exotic flair, all with the level of quality service and amenities that define the Peninsula. The hotel boasts three restaurants: Mei Jiang for Cantonese cuisine; Thiptara for Thai home-style cooking on an open-air pavilion; and the River Cafe and Bar, located on the banks of the river. The excellent spa, ESPA, offers state-of-the-art treatments, and an extensive fitness center includes a pool set in a garden complex. The Peninsula is located approximately 45 minutes by car from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).
The Siam Hotel is set on 3 acres of verdant lawn along the city side of Bangkok’s main river, the Chao Praya. The Siam is a private 39-room luxury retreat with its own unique historical background located in Bangkok’s royal Dusit district. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, the property is Art Deco inspired with infusions of Thai antiques and traditional architecture. Guests have an array of amenities at their fingertips: restaurants, a cooking school, bar, café, spa, gym, yoga terrace, Muay Thai boxing ring, beauty salon, library/cinema, infinity pool, gift/antiques gallery, conservatory and traditional Thai houses. The Siam’s 39 suites and pool villas are noticeably spacious and well equipped with modern conveniences. All rooms are outfitted with plush furnishings, super-sized king beds and lofty ceilings. Each suite is individually designed with original turn-of-the-century Oriental artwork and antiquities and is catered for by a personal butler. Complimentary WiFi is available property-wide. Onsite dining options include a Thai restaurant, international cuisine bistro, bar and coffee and cakes shop. The Siam Hotel is approximately 50 minutes from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).