Ancient temple grounds and fascinating stone sculptors take you on an epic journey through time in Thailand and Bali. Thick tree roots frame the stoic face of a Buddha statue at Ayutthaya. Natural spring water cascades out of spouts resembling dragons in a Balinese shrine. Rice paddies terrace the hillsides of Ubud, and a shimmering gold Buddha reclines inside a famous sanctuary. Your customizable tour introduces you to captivating history told through dance and preserved architecture, having...
Bangkok – At the Center of Bustling Bangkok
Bangkok is a city of captivating history and remarkable culture, embodying an elegant past and fast-paced present. Street vendors mix spicy, sour, and sweet flavors. Lavish hotels rise along the banks of the Chao Phraya River offering unfettered views of passing long-tail boats gliding down the waterway. Your flight lands at Suvarnabhumi Airport, where your private transfer meets you upon arrival. The fragrance of fresh flowers emanates from the Flower Market at Pak Klong Talad. Exotic purple and red hues offer sweet and herbaceous scents for a sensory symphony.
A staggering three-headed elephant statue stands on a pedestal adorning the entrance of the Sumat Prakan Erawan Museum. The statue reaches a height of 95 feet above the bustling streets below. The heads glow pure green from the copper embellishments. You settle into the comforts of your lavish hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your preferred pace. You can make your way along the river and into the canals on a long-tail boat. The fresh water propels the vessel into the antique suburbs that showcase the history of the city through its architecture and lifestyle.
Traditional houses made from teak wood rise along the riverbanks. The slower pace creates a tranquil atmosphere that contrasts the endless bustle of the city center. Houses on stilts stand beside mansions crafted with traditional Thai elements. The tower of Wat Arun soars above the surrounding streets. The spire rises to a height of nearly 230 feet tall and was originally erected in the 18th century. The drifting sunlight washes over the gems and stones blended into the architecture, causing the temple to shimmer in the light like a beacon.
Bangkok – Interspersed with History
Bangkok – History in the Marketing
Bangkok – Finding the Former Capital
Bangkok – A More Contemporary History
Nusa Dua – To the Relaxing Shores of Bali
Nusa Dua – In the Company of Others
Ubud – Rejuvenating Waters and Captivating Movement
Ubud – Beaches from Above
- Witness the detail and magnificent size of the 16th-century Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
- Wander through the remarkable history of Thailand’s former capital of Ayutthaya to view preserved temples and iconic images of Thai culture
- Relish a unique view of Balinese culture during a performance of a Legong Dance
- Discover the stunning landscape of the Tegalalang Rice Terraces on the outskirts of Ubud
- Traverse the historic waters of the Chao Phraya River for an unencumbered view of the Thai Royal Palace, antique neighborhoods, and Wat Arun
- Visit the bridge over the Kwai Yai River and the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre for insight into the Japanese occupation during World War II
- Meet local Balinese school children inside a traditional complex that embodies architectural elements of both Hindu and Buddhist spirit
- Dip into a sacred pool on the hills outside Ubud in the 10th-century Tirta Empul Temple
- Traverse the traditional Thai architecture and history of Jim Thompson’s home, an American expatriate who helped globalize the Thai textile industry
History reveals itself during your 9-day tour of Bangkok and Bali. Experience the past in a tangible way, while able to walk along ancient temples and touch elegant sculptures. Discover charm and beauty, enchantment and mystery while uncovering heritage and tradition. Your tour begins with your flight landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Your private transfer meets you upon arrival and escorts you to a luxurious hotel overlooking the banks of the Chao Phraya River, which once acted as a royal highway for the king. The remainder of the day is yours to discover the bustling streets and active lifestyle of the city, from cruising on the river to strolling along the charming street of Soi Rambuttri.
The next morning, your guide takes you on an encompassing tour of Bangkok, visiting the Temple of the Dawn and Grand Palace complex. Witness the Emerald Buddha and the unforgettable Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. In the evening, you partake in a traditional Thai dance performance, learning the importance of the movements and décor. Begin a new day at the floating market outside of the city center for insight into the preserved culture and lifestyle along the waterway. In the afternoon, you continue to Jim Thompson’s house to see the classic architecture and beginnings of the global silk industry. Then, you venture outside of Bangkok for a full day of exploring the former capital of Siam at Ayutthaya. Discover the extensively preserved temples that tell of an enlightening past.
Afterward, you traverse the riverside town of Kanchanaburi for a more contemporary view of Thailand’s past. See the Bridge over the Kwai Yai River and view the galleries at the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre before returning to Bangkok. Your private transfer escorts you to the airport for your flight to Bali, Indonesia. Upon landing, you make your way by private transfer to the luxurious resort-style accommodation at Nusa Dua, located overlooking the waters of the Indian Ocean. The remainder of the day is yours to relax on the white sand or visit the erupting waters of the Water Blow.
Your guide leads you to a traditional village to meet with students and teachers for direct insight into the life and culture of Bali. Continue to the rice terraces outside of Ubud to view the marvelous landscape and meet with farmers cultivating crops, from rice to coconuts. You venture into the central highlands to linger in the pure mountain spring of Tirta Empul Temple. Continue to Ubud for a day of culture at the contemporary art museum and the art market. In the evening, you watch a traditional performance telling captivating folklore through enchanting movement. On the final day, your private transfer meets you in the hotel lobby and escorts you to Ngurah Rai International Airport for your flight home.
$2,452 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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