Thailand’s must-see historical sights are covered in this luxury 4-day tour that takes you from boisterous Bangkok to the lazy city of Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam. This specially-crafted journey by Remote Lands also makes a stop in Kanchanaburi, location of the Bridge on the River Kwai.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Architecture: Bangkok's Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Temple of the Dawn are all unique examples of Thai architecture and particularly stunning at sunrise and sunset.
• Ayutthaya: The best way to arrive at the ancient palace and temple ruins of Ayutthaya is along the majestic Chao Phraya on a luxury river cruise.
• The Death Railway: Kanchanaburi is the site of the infamous "Bridge on the River Kwai," which was built by prisoners of war during World War II.
On Day 1 of the Bangkok and Beyond tour, we take you to Bangkok's most famous site - the Grand Palace, a sprawling complex of buildings including the revered Wat Phra Kaew, aka the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Next, buckle up for a thrilling longtail boat ride through the canals of Thonburi for a glimpse at local river life, then head to Wat Arun - the Temple of the Dawn - or visit Wat Po and the Reclining Buddha. The recommended hotel for the first night is The Peninsula, an iconic Bangkok property located on the Chao Phraya River.
Today you unlock the secrets behind Thailand's delicious cuisine with a Thai cooking class, held in a cooking school by the river. Select fresh ingredients from the organic gardens, then prepare Thai favourites in this hands-on activity. The wonderfully fragrant and brightly-hued flower market is next on the itinerary, where garlands and bundles of fresh flowers are trucked in from the north. After that, it's onto bustling Chinatown for dinner, where the city's best Chinese seafood draws tourists and locals alike.
In the morning we embark on a trip to nearby Kanchanaburi, just a couple of hours' drive from Bangkok. It's here the infamous Death Railway crosses the Bridge on the River Kwai, now a peaceful and solemn memorial to the POWs of World War II. Next up, its a visit to the Mon Tribal Village to enjoy cultural performances and some traditional Mon food, then to the breathtaking Erawan Waterfall. To truly appreciate the serenity of this beautiful city, guests can check into The Float House, a luxurious resort situated on the River Kwai.
The day begins with a drive to Ayutthaya, Siam's ancient capital. After a leisurely lunch aboard the boat, we explore Ayutthaya's majestic ancient temples - Wat Chai Watthanaram, Wat Phra Si Sanphet and Wat Mahathat. In the afternoon, it's back to Bangkok for travels onward.
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).
Idyllically located on a scenic stretch of the River Kwai around 15km from Kanchanaburi, the resort consists of 12 floating wooden villas along with a floating bar and restaurant, all with direct river views. All villas come with free WiFi and also boast a television and DVD player. Float House also offers in-room dining and massage. The resort is perfectly located for river tours and visits to the famous Bridge over the River Kwai.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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