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Feel the heat wave once you land in Bangkok. Meet up with your private tour guide whose first word might be Sawadee-ka (Hello in Thai).
Transfer to your hotel in a private car and free at leisure for the rest of today.
This short trip is also available for travelers who are already in Bangkok or expats living here. In that case, you will get a doorstep transfer arranged by us.
Kick start your morning with a fresh coffee. Your private tour guide and driver greet you with a warm smile as embarking for today's exploration.
Firstly you will be taken to the landmark of Bangkok: Grand Palace and its shrine Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Walking the grounds of this royal compound, the importance of the Thai royal family will be explained lively by your insightful tour guide.
An hour of visit here is followed by a delicious lunch served at PEEPS Thai Eatery.
Take a short tuk tuk ride to Wat Pho, known for the gigantic reclining Buddha and many delicately decorated pagodas. It is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage and you will enjoy a 30-minute foot massage (cost included). A serial of hermit statues display some basic Thai massage techniques that you can even try at home.
Later, take a long-tail boat across the river to visit Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn. Chill out at a riverside cafe after the visit.
You won't be caught in the afternoon rush hours as you will hop on a SkyTrain, riding back to your hotel. Get your luggage and we will be on the way to Amphawa in the Samut Songkram Province. The drive takes about 3 hours given the afternoon traffic condition.
You will arrive before nightfall. Amphawa Floating Market shows its best at dusk as you weave your way through the canals full of vendor boats. Í
Stay overnight in a small yet lovely hotel near the floating market.
Enjoy a brisk morning in Amphawa, followed by a morning visit to the intriguing Maeklong Railway Market. With a few active trains running straight through the market, shop keepers've adapted the skill to retrive their goods in 10 seconds as the train approaches.
Make your way to Ayutthaya in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, 160km away from Amphawa, taking 3 hours approximately. Enjoy a nicely done lunch at your hotel restaurant: Sala Ayutthaya Eatery And Bar, featuring a picturesque outdoor dining deck with breathtaking views of nearby temples and river life.
Have an afternoon break at your hotel before we start out an illuminated visit by tuk tuk before nightfall.
You will grab some local snacks at Banglan Night Market on the way to Ayutthaya Historical Park. Brightly lit up at night, this massive ancient ruin complex radiates an other-worldy magical atmosphere. Here, you will visit Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Chaiwattanaram, Wat Ratchaburana and the most famous Wat Mahathat that is known for the Buddha face encased by tree roots.
Return to your hotel and enjoy a restful night.
As an ancient capital dating back to 1351, Ayutthaya still holds an important place for the Thai royal seats for the time being.
We will have another brief visit at the historical park, getting you to the most exquisite pagodas and carvings the ancient kingdom has to offer.
King Rama IV (1804-1868), known as King Mongkut in English-speaking countries, built Pa-In Summer Palace as his private summer retreat. This remarkably-maintained garden complex consists royal residence of inner and outer palaces, royal assembly hall and a pavilion built in the middle of a vast pond.
After a simple lunch, you will board the boat along the Chao Phraya River, cruising down to Bangkok within 3 hours. Relax and enjoy the changes of views passing by royal buildings, temples, villages and eventually Bangkok metropolis skyline.
You will be taken back to your hotel by a private car upon arrival in late afternoon.
Today you will proceed to your next destination or leave the country.
Thanks for traveling with Asia Highlights and we hope to see you again soon!
Thailand never goes short of hotel choices. Only one category of hotels is used in this itinerary yet it can also be tailor-made to your own preferences.