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Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

1. Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

Choose from either a shared group or private guided experience to see 2 iconic markets on a day trip from Bangkok. See a market located on the railway tracks, the Maeklong Railway Market, and a market that floats on the canals at the Damnoen Saduak Market. After pickup, arrive at the Maeklong Railway Market, also known as Talad Rom Hup (“Umbrella Pulldown Market”). Maeklong is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and hugs the track of the Maeklong Railway. Gain fascinating insights into how the market is run and what products are sold here from your local guide. Marvel at how market stalls and awnings are pulled back from the tracks every time a train approaches to let the train pass through. Next, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of the most famous floating markets in Thailand. To reach the market, take a short ride in a paddleboat. Enjoy plenty of time to meander around the colorful market, where friendly vendors sell directly from their boats. Take in the sights and sounds, and try local specialties like mango sticky rice. Your guide will give you advice on what not to miss. Return to Bangkok in time for the early afternoon.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Temples Small Group Tour with Lunch

2. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Temples Small Group Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a small-group tour of the magnificent temple ruins of Ayutthaya, the capital during the golden age of Siam. All entrance fees, an expert guide, and lunch at a local restaurant are included. Travel from Bangkok in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle or choose to join the tour at your first stop in Ayutthaya, Wat Lokayasutha. This temple is known for its giant reclining Buddha image, one of the few structures remaining intact here. Your next stop is Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, being part of the royal palace complex this is where royalty performed rituals. It is considered the most important temple of Ayutthaya. Then, visit Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya. One of the oldest and most significant temples in the history of Ayutthaya, it once housed the Buddha's holy relic. Admire the famous Buddha head entwined within the roots of a Bodhi tree. After, tuck into a hearty lunch at a local Thai restaurant, where your guide will be available to advise on local culinary specialties. Last but not least, finish your trip at the grand, riverside Wat Chaiwattanaram. Marvel at its compelling architectural style, influenced by the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, as you wander around the monumental grounds.

Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

3. Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

Meet the group at River City Bangkok by 9:00 AM and head to the Emerald Buddha Temple by local transport. Along the way, pass by the amulet market, one of the most famous, historical community markets of Rattanakosin Island. Discover the first stop of Wat Phra Kaew which is commonly known in English as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and officially as Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram. It is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.  Explore the Grand Palace which was the official residence of the Kings of Thailand. Nowadays, the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year.  After the Grand Palace, continue to visit Wat Pho, if you've selected this option. On the way, pass Tha Thien Market, a cultural food market that sells dried, salted seafood and wholesale products. Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho. It is on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of first-class royal temples. Learn about King Rama I who rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site and how it became his main temple where some of his ashes are enshrined. The temple is considered the earliest center for medical public education surrounded by the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions. It has been recognized by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme. Most importantly, it is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple today. Complete the list of must-visit temples in Bangkok by continuing your journey to Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks. The temple is known for its giant 70-meter tower next to the Chao Phraya River and is decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass surrounded by Chinese porcelain.

SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World & Madame Tussauds Combo Ticket

4. SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World & Madame Tussauds Combo Ticket

Enjoy a day full of fun inside Bangkok's massive Siam Paragon shopping mall with this special combo ticket to 2 of its top attractions. Visit one of Southeast Asia’s largest aquariums that showcases over 30,000 aquatic creatures in its massive tanks, in 7 different segments. Explore the Open Ocean segment that features a 270-degree glass tunnel underneath the tank. Take a stroll along the Shark Walk where only a sheet of acrylic separates you from the sharks beneath. Head to Madame Tussauds and see over 90 wax figures in 10 zones. Get a photo alongside your favorite movie star, musician, or sportsperson. Try your hand at tennis on the Wii near Serena Williams, or shoot a couple of hoops alongside Yao Ming.

Bangkok: Luxury Buffet Dinner Cruise With Live Music

5. Bangkok: Luxury Buffet Dinner Cruise With Live Music

Take a river cruise along the Chao Phraya River and see Bangkok light up at night. Listen to live music, see iconic sights, and eat a delicious seafood buffet dinner with both Thai and international foods available. This is a night you won't want to miss. Embark on a luxury dinner cruise from ICONSIAM Shopping Center right by the Chao Phraya River. Sit back, relax, and admire breathtaking views of the Grand Place, Wat Arun Temple, and other famous buildings alongside the river. Enjoy a candlelit dinner with live singers as you savor dishes like sashimi, papaya salad, tom yum goong, pad thai, chicken with cashew nuts, fried fish in sweet and sour sauce, curries, pasta, and a variety of western and Thai desserts. Watch traditional Thai dance performances as your luxury dinner cruise comes to an end and you head back to the meeting point.

Bangkok: 2-Hour Wonderful Pearl Candle Light Dinner Cruise

6. Bangkok: 2-Hour Wonderful Pearl Candle Light Dinner Cruise

At 6:30 PM begin your journey by checking in at the river city pier number one. Board on the cruise at 7:20 PM and enjoy the Thai classical dancers perform from the dockside. The cruise can accommodate up to 1,200 people, is suitable for those with disabilities, and contains important amenities like escalators, automatic doors, a 360-degree deck, a stage, and more.  As the cruise takes off, enjoy a luxury buffet dinner with dishes from Thai, European, Japanese, and other international cuisines. During your meal, spot remarkable sites along the Chao Phraya River including the Temple of Dawn, Kanlayanamitr Temple, the Grand Palace, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. There will be 2 performances onboard, a classical Thai masked performance of Khon followed by live music on the 360-degree panoramic open-air deck. You will be transferred back to the River City around 9:30 PM. Alternatively, get the festive season in full swing by choosing to take your cruise on New Year's Eve or during Loy Krathong, the Thai festival of light. Bring in the New Year with a 5-hour cruise that includes lucky draws, an international buffet, wine, live jazz, and pop music. Or, in November, receive your own banana leaf lantern to float on the river during Loy Krathong and enjoy traditional dancing and live music as well as a souvenir photo with frame as part of the special Festival of Lights cruise.

Bangkok: Half-Day Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour

7. Bangkok: Half-Day Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour

Learn how to prepare and cook a traditional Thai meal at a fun and interactive 4-hour cooking class in Bangkok. Awaken your culinary creativity, visit a local market, and enjoy lots of healthy Thai food along the way. Each hands-on class consists of 4 delightful recipes, prepared in a fully-equipped workspace. Get expert tuition from a patient and experienced chef, and meet new like-minded foodie friends. Courses are available in the morning or afternoon, each including 2 breaks to sample the fruits of your labor. Whether you choose the morning or afternoon tour, you will journey by tuk-tuk to a local market to select the best quality ingredients. Head back to the cooking school for a welcome drink and cookery demonstration. The instructor will prepare the dishes, while you observe. Then it’s time to move to the stoves and get cooking! Create your dishes, with lots of assistance and tips to ensure that your Thai cuisine is just as it should be. Next, move to the dining area and enjoy the dishes you prepared in an informal atmosphere.

From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour

8. From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour

Depart from Bangkok at 7:30 am, and head to Ratchaburi Province, home of the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Along the way, make a quick stop to visit a traditional Thai house, where you can see locals making brown coconut sugar. Explore the house and its surrounding area, which is home to many different animals living on the coconut plantation. Continue your trip by boarding a paddle boat for a ride along narrow canals to the floating market. See the local houses lining the canals and take a quick glance at their way of living, while you pass by. When you arrive at the market, see the amazing array of vendors in their boats, selling fresh products, from fruits and vegetables to prepared dishes. Explore the floating market at your leisure for about an hour and take time to try some authentic Thai foods, such as Pad Thai, Mango Sticky Rice, Boat Noodles or Coconut Ice Cream sold along the canal. Meet up with your guide to head back to the meeting point in Bangkok, where you will arrive around 1:30 - 2.00 pm. 

Erawan National Park + Kanchanaburi 14-Hour Small Group Tour

9. Erawan National Park + Kanchanaburi 14-Hour Small Group Tour

History lovers visiting Thailand will value this opportunity to tour the region of Kanchanaburi in West Thailand. During this memorable day trip from Bangkok, you’ll visit the Death Railway which was put on the map by the 1957 movie, Bridge Over the River Kwai. You’ll begin the day by getting immersed in Thailand’s rich bounty at one of the country’s best-loved national parks, Erawan National Park. Walking trails, running water, and undisturbed wildlife characterize this peaceful area. Erawan Waterfall has seven tiers and a set of limestone caves at its base: you'll forget all about the busy streets of Bangkok. This natural paradise is the perfect place to breathe in the fresh country air. Continue to JEATH Museum, dedicated to the Allied Prisoners of War who died building the Burmese railway. This museum is a sad yet important reminder of Thailand’s history; it’s thought that over 100,000 lives were lost during this period. JEATH is an acronym for the main nationalities involved in the building of the railway: Japanese, English, Australian, American, Thai and Dutch. Finally, you’ll visit the historic Bridge over the River Kwai. You’ll get the chance to walk over the bridge, soak up the impressive scenery, and take a moment to remember the past, before returning to your accommodations/meeting point at approximately 8:00 PM.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip

10. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip

Visit sites that date back to 1350 at the Ayutthaya Historical Park. Learn about Buddhist history, architecture, and religion as you explore countless temples with your experienced tour guide. In the 18th century, much of Ayutthaya was destroyed by Burmese invaders; witness the structures in their various states of disrepair. Tree roots growing around scattered Buddha heads only adds to the historical charm of this unique destination. After departing from Bangkok bright and early, see Bang Pa-In Royal Palace en route to Ayutthaya. Used as a summer residence for ancient Thai kings, the golden pagodas and serene pools make for a great introduction to the region’s glorious past. After arriving in Ayutthaya, take several hours to explore fascinating ancient religious sites including Wat Mahathat, where a decapitated Buddha head sits nestled between ancient tree roots. Continue to Wat Mongkol Borpit, known for its enormous seated Buddha statue. Discover Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the most holy and important complex of the ancient Thai capital. Finally, explore Wat Chaiwatthanaram, known for its towering stone chedis. This site is one of the main reasons Ayutthaya was awarded UNESCO status in 1991.

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Auntie Nancy was a really lively and energetic person, able to bring up the atmosphere and giving detailed explanation of the history of the place, will definitely recommend anyone else to join this tour, you will enjoy it!

Mina was an excellent guide. We covered major sight seeing places in Bangkok. And she made it fun with her humour. There was ample time at each of the attractions to hear the stories and take pictures.

Nancy was amazing, very informative. Booked last second and she messaged first thing in the morning which made it easy to meet her.

Brilliant tour by Nancy. Nancy was super nice and gave a wonderful tour of the grand palace. Amazing place to see

Great tour! Noon was super friendly and helpful :)