Bangkok - Trip to Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace
Meet your guide at the lobby in the morning and you will take a trip to Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace which are situated in the same compound. While Wat Phra Kaew is the most important temple for Thais, hosting the revered image of the Emerald Buddha; The Grand Palace is an emblematic example of the combination between traditional Thai architectural style and Western-style. Then, moving on you will come to see What Pho which is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, as well as the breath-taking perfection of the Reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is also renowned for being the first massage school in Thailand. This journey will transport you into the marvelous world of contrasts in Bangkok – the sleepless, hectic city with skyscrapers and modern shopping malls from which you still can find shelter as soon as you enter the temples: islands of peace drenched in spirituality.
After that, you will take a long tail boat and cruise along the canal of Thonburi and get a glimpse of the everyday life of the famous ‘water people’ of Thailand. On your way back, you will stop by what is probably the best-known symbol of Bangkok, the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), with its sparkling spires covered in broken shards of glass and pottery.
Tonight, you will experience the real Bangkok lifestyle with a "Chinatown tuk tuk food tour and night stroll." You will hop on a tuk-tuk and start a twilight-tasting adventure into bustling Chinatown. Your driver will let you go for a walk on Yaowarat Road and see its countless and colorful Chinese neon signs. Along with lively street food stalls or old shops and hidden family stalls, you will have the opportunity to make new culinary discoveries. Between the smells of spices and dishes simmered in sometimes improvised furnaces, images of burning and flaming stoves, you will be absorbed by the spectacle of these artists of street food, with expert hands shaped by tradition and family know-how. This is a great opportunity to discover simple but unique dishes that are popular with locals. Queue up with hungry foodies and discover some recipes that each have their little stories and anecdotes, and maybe learn how to pronounce their name in Thai.
Continue your evening on your tuk-tuk towards Pak Klong Talad, the swarming flower market. Here, when the heat of the day has subsided, the florists, porters, merchants, sellers of betels or other offerings, work to deliver their goods on time for the next day. You will quietly leave this unique and colorful atmosphere for the silence and serenity of a temple and its illuminated stupas at night. A final destination during which you will find some tranquility after the hustle and bustle, before returning to your hotel. You will enjoy the street food dinner which is included.