Thailand Bangkok & Phuket
Thailand is filled with colour and tradition. From magnificent temples and ancient ruins to bustling cities and beautiful palm-studded beaches, it has so much to offer. This 13-night itinerary is perfect for families who want to visit lively Bangkok city and the serene island of Phuket.
Bangkok is the gateway to your Thai adventure. Upon arrival, you’ll check in to your luxurious suite at the Banyan Tree Bangkok for a 3-night stay. This central, contemporary hotel offers a warm Thai welcome and is the perfect springboard from which to explore the bustling city, stunning temples and endless shopping streets of Bangkok.
An expert guide and Tuk Tuk vehicle will take you on a tour of Bangkok by night. Seeing the sites at night brings out the true excitement, beauty and mystery of the city. There are many vibrant night markets with local food stalls, second-hand items on sale in small shops and a flower market that’s open 24 hours a day. Enjoy the buzz of a city that never sleeps as you explore its winding streets.
Your guide will collect you from your hotel and take you to Don Wai Floating Market. On the river, you’ll enjoy the unique, antique Thai-style houses which have been preserved since the era of King Rama VI. Don Wai is host to a great array of local foods and features both old Thai-style food and a collection of Thai-style sweets. Float alongside locals as you experience a market unlike any other.
You’ll enjoy a dinner of local cuisine near the Siam Niramit theatre. After dinner, you’ll walk around the area which has been decorated in traditional Thai style. Experience one of the world’s largest stage shows ‘Siam Niramit’. The performance showcases the history, customs and colour of the ancient Thai Kingdom. You’ll be treated to amazing costumes and special effects highlighting the beautiful landscapes and cultural traditions of the country.
Bangkok is home to an array of picturesque temples. You’ll visit Wat Traimit, where you’ll see its 3-metre tall Golden Buddha. Once hidden from thieves under a coat of plaster, it’s now resplendent as a figure of solid gold. Explore Wat Pho, one of Bangkok’s oldest temples, and home of the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. Finally, travel to Wat Benchamabophit, an extravagant temple that displays modern Thai architecture with its white Carrara marble, Thai motifs and European influence.