Explore Bangkok by starting visit Pak Klong Talad (Flowers market). The huge flowers and wet market of Paklong Talad, is a photographer's dream with orchids and blossoms from Thailand's cooler north, along with exotic vegetables and fruit.
Afterwards head to Grand Palace; the seat not only of the king and his court, but contained within its crenelated walls, the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai though there are some European designs as well. Brilliantly coloured and gilded, and decorated with intricate detail, the overall effect is dazzling. The palace served as the official residence of the kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. Construction of the temple began when King Rama I moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1785. Unlike other Thai temples, it does not contain living quarters for monks; rather, it has only the richly decorated holy buildings, statues, and pagodas. The main temple building houses the Emerald Buddha. Though green in colour, the Buddha is actually carved from a single piece of jade, and though only 17 inches tall, is the most revered object in Thailand. The majority of halls and palaces can be viewed from outside only.
Note: The entire Grand Palace is closed during special royal ceremonies and during visiting heads of state, while other buildings (such as the Throne Hall and Coronation Hall) are always closed on SAT/SUN and public holidays, during special ceremonies and on Buddhist Holidays.
Continue to the adjacent Wat Pho, the most extensive temple in Bangkok, with its colossal Reclining Buddha and the Chedis of the Kings.
Lunch is not included as we prefer to leave it a la carte - we suggest making a reservation at Sala Rattnakosin overlooking the River.
After lunch, enjoy a Thonburi Klongs boat tour stopping at Wat Arun.
Among the best ways to explore Bangkok is by boat. A cruise along the Chao Phraya River - the city's lifeblood - and the canals of Thonburi reveal scenes at odds with the bustling, modern inner city. Visitors get a glimpse of the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers. This picturesque view is what earned Bangkok the title of "Venice of the East." Our extended tour takes you along a longer route through smaller canals and includes visits to and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), one of the most attractive temples in Thailand.