BANGKOK PRIVATE AND CUSTOM TOURS
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What to do and see in one day IN THE MORNING THE GRAND PALACE – (Royal Palace) Located in the center of the old capital, the Grand Palace complex encloses an area of 218,400 square meters and is protected by a defensive wall. Within the walls of the palace, you can see all the government offices. In the central part, there stands the King’s audiences hall together with the royal family’s apartments and an area for the royal family’s women and their servants. Many buildings were later added by other kings, in particular by King Rama V
THE WAT PO The Wat Po is one of the largest and oldest Wats in Bangkok. It was built in the fifth century. It has gardens, statues and is the home of the colossal reclined Buddha shining with golden plating. He has an ecstatic expression while entering Nirvana. The soles of his feet are decorated with mother of pearls, sign it is a true Buddha. The Wat Po is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage and a school for traditional medicine and massage.
THE WAT ARUN The Wat Arun- The Temple of Dawn-, one of the most famous Bangkok Temples, rises almost directly across the river from Wat Po. Named after the indian God of dawn, Aruna, has a Khmer-style five-spired prang (spires) decorated with shards of colourful porcelain that probably came from China, possibly from items damaged during shipments. A visit to the old monastery complex inside the temple is really worth-while.
WAT PHRA KEO The What Phra Keo, the temple of the Emerald Buddha, is the royal chapel and is located inside the Royal Palace. The Emerald Buddha was discovered in Chiang Rai and is credited with many legends and horror stories. It was kept in Laos for 250 years and then it was carried to Thailand by the future king Rama I after the destruction of Vientiane. It is definitely the most revered Buddha in Thailand. The King himself changes its sacred golden garments when the seasons change ( cold, hot, rainy). You’ll find the What Phra Keo stunning. It is so richly and preciously decorated.
After lunch: other places of interest and Sightseeing
Vinamnek Mansion: once a royal residence of King Chulalongkorn, this beautiful golden teak building in the Dusit park is now a museum with 31 exhibition rooms that still retain the old atmosphere of the earlier era.
Temple tour: it includes Wat Traimit with its solid 5.5 tonsgolden Buddha, Wat Benchamabopit (marble temple) that was built by King Rama V and the Erawan shrine, a Brahaman temple that features performances by thai dancer who are hired by worshippers for fullfill their vows.
Thonburi canal tour: a tour by private long-tail boat to the former capital of Siam after the fall of Ayutthaya. Visit the Royal Barge museum that displays eight vessels, lacquered and gilded all over and with prows carved into mythological figures.
Chinatown tour: the biggest in the world with a strong cultural identity. Don’t miss its Taoist temples, markets and the railway station, the best art deco example in Bangkok.
In the evening: A candlelight dinner cruise on the King’s river : the Chao Praya. The Shangri La is a luxury river boat with air/con on the lower deck. All along the river cruise, you will admire the fantastic sights of the Royal Palace, the Wat Phra Keo and the Wat Arun (the Temple of the Dawn).
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BANGKOK, A YOUNG CAPITAL Following the destruction of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya by the Burmese armies in 1767, the capital was moved first to Thonburi on the west side of the Chao Praya River and then, in 1782, to Bangkok, a small commercial port on the opposite side of the river. The decision was made by King Rama I of the Chakri dynasty- the reigning dynasty today in Thailand. (The reigning King today is Rama IX). The capital was officially re-named Bangkok by king Rama I. Its full name is listed by Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest place name.