4 nights / 5 days
Bangkok is a city of hussle and bustle alongside majestic palaces bringing the calm of a bygone age. Ensure you see all of major sights as well as taking the time to wander the various districts and take in the tastes and flavours on offer.
Day 1: Palaces and river cruise
--The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun
We start off with a visit to the Grand Palace and neighboring Wat Pho, home to the famous reclining Buddha and massage school. The palace is used for offical state functions, thought the royal family does not live there, you cannot go inside. The temples are open and wandering the grounds let you marvel and the beautiful architecture and craftmanship. We get there early to avoid the crowds.
Next, stroll down the street to Wat Pho complex and its maze of temple grounds, which includes the famous reclining Buddha and the famous Golden Buddha.
Then we head across the river to Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn). From the top, we get an amazing view across the city.
--Cruise the river
We take a relaxing tour of the Chao Phraya river. Startng at the central we go up and down, pointing out the important sights as we go.
--Visit Khao San Road
This infamous road is well know to backpackers. Lined with shops, restaurants and bars the road is busy both day and night.
Day 2: The floating market and Chinatown
--The floating market
The floating market Taling Chain is Located 12 km from downtown Bangkok and is open all day. As well as the boats there is a large local market attached to it. There are small longtail boat cruises giving you a relaxing glimpse of the surrounding khlongs. It is fairly touristy and its best to get there early.
Chinatown in Bangkok is a 1km strip lined with all sorts of vendors and plenty of side streets to wander. It has its own style of food only found in this part of the city. When night falls, the neon signs blaze with Chinese characters and people spill out onto the streets from the many eateries.
Day 3: Lumpini Park and Chatuchak Market
--Jim Thompson’s House
The Jim Thompson House is a museum in central Bangkok, housing the art collection of the eponymous American silk entrepreneur and art collector. The house showcases traditional Thai home design and decor and features a history of the silk industry.
Lumpini Park is an inner-city haven of tranquility, fresh air and shade. It is named after the birthplace of the Buddha in Nepal. Watch people practicing tai chi, playing sports or simply relaxing.
--Chatuchak Weekend Market
Among the largest markets in the world, with more than 200,000 visitors on a typical weekend. You can find food, art, antiques, fashion, pets and lots more. This is not to be missed.
Day 4: Museums
--The National Museum
In the former grounds of the 18th Century Wang Na Palace, The Bangkok National Museum houses a large collection of Thai art and artifacts. It showcase Thai history, art and archaeology.
--Bangkok Art and Culture Center
This contemporary arts center hosts a range of art, design, music, theatre, film and cultural events in its exhibition and performance spaces.
--Bangkok Corrections Museum
The Bangkok Corrections Museum is located on the site of a former maximum-security prison and has been a museum since 1939. You can learn about the cruel methods of punishment used in the past and see torture devices and wax figures depicting execution scenes.
Day 5: Farewell
Time for some final activities before leaving Bangkok
Within this busy schedule, let's find the time to squeeze in some typical Thai activities.
Culinary lessons: Proposed by a top vegan culinary school, there is a varied selection of lessons to choose from all with a Thai theme. Lessons may include, Thai cooking, raw food cooking, how to make tofu, fruit carving, how to make chili paste as well as others.
Thai massage: take a lesson to introduce you to the techniques of thai massage, or simply relax and let yourself be pampered.
Thai danse: students are invited to wear traditional Thai clothing and learn the first steps of traditional Thai dancing.
Art courses: Introduction to various simple techniques for creating masterpeaces, in the Thai style.