Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand
Bangkok Overnight - Gold Package (Single): In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
Local Sightseeing, All
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2 days / 1 night
Day 1 (L/D)
Leave the pier for the 2½-hour drive to Bangkok, which is also known as the City of Angels.
Upon arrival, board a chartered motor launch for a journey along the canals and river tributaries that traverse this fascinating city. As you explore the area, you'll pass rustic homes built on stilts over the water.
Visit the Royal Barges -- fabulously ornamented boats that are used during Thai festivals and processions on the river. Take note of the King's barge, which is more than 160 feet long and requires a crew of 50 oarsmen.
You'll stop for a lovely lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to visit Wat Po -- a temple that's renowned for its golden reclining Buddha statue and the Chedis of the Kings -- a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Then, sit down to an eight-course tasting menu at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, awarded a prestigious Michelin star. Food & Wine says that diners will be blown away by 'the modern interpretation of Thai cuisine'. Everything is homemade, even the fish sauce, and you'll taste a range of flavors, from humble prawn crackers to molecular creations such as mango sticky rice with a coconut nitrogen ball that explodes when warm syrup is poured over it. From the elegant atmosphere to the dazzling dishes, this is a night to remember.
Day 2 (B/L)
After breakfast at the hotel, board a motorcoach and pass through Chinatown and its beautiful flower market, which is filled with roses and orchids and other colorful blooms.
You'll visit Wat Trimit, a gilded historical temple, and the Grand Palace. Since 1872, this palace has been the focal point for the people of Thailand. Exploring the grounds, you will marvel at the extensive murals, gilded spires and amazing architectural designs of the buildings.
The image of the Buddha sits high atop a golden throne in the Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Carved in the 15th century from a single piece of jade, the Buddha guards the sovereignty of the Kingdom and the religious beliefs of the people.
Lunch today is at a local Thai restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will have a chance to shop for some wonderful Thai products. Leave Bangkok in the mid-afternoon and return to the ship at Laem Chabang.
Modest attire is required for visiting the palace; shirts/blouses must cover shoulders; trousers must cover ankles; shorts and skirts are not permitted. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Evening dress code: Participants are asked to wear elegant clothing for dining at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin. Gentlemen must wear long trousers and closed-toe shoes. Sports or athletic garments, slippers and sleeveless T-shirts are not allowed. The restaurant is suitable for children aged 6 years and above; parents must ensure that their children are dressed appropriately.
Some parts of the Grand Palace are restricted to visitors so not all buildings are open. Dusit Mahaprasat and the Audience Hall of Amarin Winitchai are closed on Saturday & Sundays and can be viewed only from outside of the halls.
The tour is non-refundable if cancelled 21 days prior to the call date.
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