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Bangkok is the booming heart of Thailand, and a visit to the country would not be complete without an in-depth exploration of this incredibly diverse city. Bangkok boasts some of Thailand’s most attractive and awe-inspiring sights, as well as some of the most appealing and authentic Thai cuisine. This destination is full of life and energy, so you will have a busy 7-Day excursion for you to get the most out of the bustling city. With this truly unique and immersive expedition, you will explore...
Bangkok – Take It All In
As you fly over Thailand and approach Bangkok, lush greenery will give way to magnificent skyscrapers and grand temples. Peer down at the landscape as you prepare to land, and you will quickly realize that Bangkok has so much to offer. It is a surreal blend of beautiful cityscapes and authentic Thai culture. Meet your private transfer at one of the city’s most impressive airports, Don Mueang International Airport or Suvarnabhumi Airport.
From there, set off to a luxurious hotel where you will spend your vacation. Sit back and let the surrounding sights fill you with wonder and excitement. You will spot street vendors selling traditional Thai cuisine to eager passersby, temples adorned with gold, and groups of camera-ready travelers that will be huddled around points of interest. We have planned a busy week in the bustling city of Bangkok to ensure that you get to experience it all. However, Thailand is not a hop and a skip away, so some time to unwind is exactly what you may need on the day that you arrive.
You will arrive at your 5-star hotel, check in, and make yourself at home. This is where you will spend the next seven nights in complete comfort after each fun-filled day of adventure. Take this time to relax by the pool or get a drink and check out the local scenery. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a leisurely stroll around the city to get acclimated to the area. The city is home to an array of exceptional eateries. Restaurants spread around the streets in abundance. You will find plenty, but there is nothing quite like the first restaurant you will experience. This fine-dining restaurant offers a panoramic view of the city while you delight in your delicious dining experience. From there, you can head back to the hotel for an early night.
Bangkok – A Temple Tour of Bangkok’s Best
There are over 400 temples in Bangkok and far too many to experience in one month, let alone one week. While you may not be able to see every temple, some stand out as the most majestic and famous within Thailand: Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho. On your first full day in Bangkok, you will visit all three of them as well as the Grand Palace.
Today, you will fuel up for the adventure ahead with a complimentary breakfast. Be sure to slip on a comfortable pair of shoes and pack water, sunscreen, and snacks as you will not be returning to your luxury accommodation until later in the evening. Your hotel concierge will take care of everything for you. Once you have had breakfast, you can begin an immersive walking tour of Bangkok’s most attractive temples.
The journey will begin with a short walk to Wat Phra Kaew, which is commonly known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is an easy trip to the temple, with a short stop by the amulet market on your way. Here, you may purchase charms, amulets, totems, and other jewelry. You will then continue on to The Emerald Buddha, which is a temple that is regarded as one of the most sacred in Thailand. It is adjoined with the Grand Palace, and together they are a truly astounding spectacle. Picture-perfect camera shots will be in abundance, so be sure to have your preferred device on hand. ? Thai food market called Tha Tien Market where dried, salted seafood and other goods are sold. Wat Pho is home to the awe-inspiring 46 meters-long, gold-plated, Reclining Buddha. Travelers flock to see the immense monument as its sheer beauty can rarely be rivaled. While you explore all that it offers, you can learn more about King Rama I and the temple’s construction. It was in this temple that the first ever traditional Thai massage was practiced.
A temple tour of Bangkok will not be complete without visiting Wat Arun. The 70-meter tall temple towers up from the ground and is surrounded by smaller, but no less significant, temple sites and historical statues. The monument, encompassed in porcelain and glistening colored glass, looks over the Chao Phraya River.
After the tour, you will return to your hotel for an hour or two that will be at your leisure. Then, you will make your way to Thip Samai for arguably Bangkok’s best Pad Thai. The local eatery is not to be missed, especially for those who are after a truly authentic meal. Touted as the best Pad Thai in Thailand by Anthony Bourdain, a slightly longer queue than usual will definitely be worth the wait. Once you are finished with supper, you will venture back to your room for a night’s rest.
Ayutthaya – The Ancient City of Ayutthaya
There are many great sights in and around Bangkok, and many more than will be possible to see in one day. So, on the third day of your trip, you will explore the most appealing and inspiring attractions that are north of the city. You will then transfer via private coach from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya is an ancient city which developed in the 14th Century. Its historical context offers a wealth of insight into traditional Thai culture, and the temple ruins retain their impressive nature. A trip out to Ayutthaya will prove to be a humbling one that will deeply enrich your expedition. The coach ride will take a little over an hour and a half, but it will not fail to impress you along the way. You will take delight in the picturesque, scenic views of Bangkok as you make your way to the old city.
Upon arrival in Ayutthaya, you will visit the Ayutthaya Historical Park. This UNESCO-listed Park contains grand palaces and a series of age-old monasteries, statues, and temples. Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, which is heavily influenced by both Chinese and European design, will be your first stop. A moat surrounds this aesthetically pleasing place that reflects its design origins in true style. After that, visits to Wat Mahathat and Wat Na Phra Men will allow you to further explore Thai heritage. The Wat Mahathat, which is the next stop, is famous for its Head of the Buddha in which the statue’s head is surrounded by the roots of a large Banyan Tree. This iconic image has become famous through travelers’ content, and it is one that you must certainly capture. Wat Na Phra Men, the next Ayutthaya-period temple, is remarkable in the fact that it was one of the few that was unharmed by troops during the Burmese-Siamese War. Furthermore, it is home to one of only five seated Buddha images in Thailand.
After exploring more of the Park’s surroundings, you will find yourself sitting back comfortably on a river cruise along the Chao Phraya River. Delightful food and stunning views will keep you entertained as you make your way back to Bangkok. As you draw closer, witness the likes of Wat Arun and the Grand Palace from the comfort of the boat before docking and being transferred back to your hotel.
From your hotel, you will transfer to Thara Thong via tuk-tuk or private transport for a stunning dining experience. The restaurant, which overlooks the river, caters to vegetarians with endless meat-free options on the menu. You will return back to your accommodation eager for the day ahead.
Bangkok – Treat Yourself
Bangkok offers plenty of stunning attractions, but the city also boasts a shopping experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. There is an abundance of stalls and malls where travelers can splurge on souvenirs. From high-end, multiple-story shopping complexes to budget-beating markets, the fourth day of your tour will be entirely dedicated to treating yourself.
After breakfast, you will transfer from your hotel to Siam Square. Siam Square, better known as the heart of the city, is a mecca for shopaholics and travelers who are searching for keepsakes to take back home. The Siam area boasts some of Bangkok’s biggest shopping malls, and boutique markets can be found within the alleyways that connect the main streets. Your first stop will be Terminal 21, which is located on Sukhumvit Road. The incredibly unique aspect about the airport-inspired mall is that areas on each floor are dedicated to different major cities across the globe. The restaurants and shops are all themed accordingly. For instance, a short trip up the escalators will transport you from Tokyo to London. While it is not an entirely Thai experience, it is one that you cannot miss. This will be a great opportunity to pick up deals on fashionable items and tuck into any of the many, fine global cuisines. After shopping Terminal 21, you will head out of the complex and take a leisurely stroll around Siam Square. This area will be action-packed with endless entertainment to offer. Also located in the Siam Paragon shopping mall is Kidzania, which is an innovative ‘edutainment’ experience for young ones. Bangkok’s very own Madame Tussauds wax museum can be found in the Siam Discovery Center as well.
After an exciting morning in and around the energetic area, you will visit the Jim Thompson House. The exquisite museum tells the story of an American man who fell in love with Southeast Asian art and culture. The American architect is most famous for his role in reviving Thai silk and pioneering the use of it in world-class fashion houses in Europe’s hottest cultural destinations. The meticulous craft and unique blend of Eastern and Western art admirably position the museum as one of the most awe-inspiring attractions in the city.
Following the Jim Thompson House, your final destination for the day will be Pantip Plaza. The massive tech-focused mall can provide hours of shopping entertainment. If you wish to bypass shopping, you can transfer back to your hotel for an evening around the pool. For supper, you will have reservations at a local restaurant near your hotel. Your hotel concierge will make these reservations and will direct you to your local, Thai eatery. Finally, you will unwind over supper before returning to your hotel.
Bangkok – Master Thai Cuisine
Thailand is tremendously well-known for its cuisine and for a good reason. Traditional recipes have been handed down for centuries and authenticity is of the utmost essential aspects in the Thai kitchen. The heavy focus on elevating the senses and enriching all aspects of the flavor profile allows Thai cooks to achieve culinary excellence, even within unrecognized stalls and eateries. Although the processes behind the dishes are a mystery to most, you will be able to learn some of Thailand’s best-kept culinary secrets during this savory treat. After breakfast, you will transfer via shuttle to one of Thailand’s first-class culinary schools.
Your cooking school offers luxurious cooking classes that retain Thai authenticity. The classes are set amongst a beautiful backdrop of serene gardens and traditionally-minded décor. The completely hands-on class will begin in the morning and take you through midday. Here, you will learn to perfect the art of creating four essential Thai dishes. You can expect to master meals like traditional Hot and Sour Prawn Soup and Chicken Green Curry. The equipment will be in pristine condition, and the mentors will be professionally trained chefs.
For a fine-dining Thai cuisine experience, you will transfer from the cooking school to Suan Bua. The exquisite restaurant will serve traditional dishes with a modern flair and flavor. The authentically decorated restaurant overlooks a stunning garden setting and is the perfect way to end a cuisine-centered day. Afterward, you will transfer back to your hotel to relax and reset for the day ahead.
Bangkok – The Buzzing Markets of Bangkok
Bangkok hosts hundreds of markets as they form an intrinsic part of the local commercial culture. So, today will be dedicated to experiencing the best ones Thailand has to offer. As you stroll through the stalls, you will be enthralled by the buzzing energy that livens these markets. Tantalizing wafts of sizzling meat, and the cheers of entertainers chanting will fill the air. For today, you can look forward to a day of fun and food.
You can skip breakfast at your hotel to save time for your first stop. You will transfer from your hotel to your destination, Sampeng Market, via riverboat ride. One of Bangkok’s best markets for shopping and food, Sampeng Market (Chinatown) will be a highlight to get the day underway. Here, you will enjoy authentic Thai street food from any of the hundreds of stalls that litter the streets. You may shop for souvenirs, trinkets, and other odds and ends at extremely affordable prices.
After stocking up on snacks and treats, you will transfer to Amphawa Floating Market. A short trip from Bangkok, Amphawa Floating Market is a pivotal stop on your tour. Traditional floating markets will offer travelers the unique opportunity to explore stalls by boat. This particular market retains traditional practices and boasts a wide variety of vendors. So, sit back in the boat and wade through the river, hopping on and off to grab whatever catches your eye. From fresh and affordable seafood to local hand-crafted goods, there will be something for everyone on this delightful afternoon expedition. You will then transfer back to your hotel after exploring all Amphawa has to offer.
You will have done most of Bangkok’s best markets by now, but a Night Market is still on the list. For dinner and evening entertainment, you will transfer to Asiatique, the Riverfront. This luxurious open-air mall/market is clean, organized, and fashionable. It is a must-visit destination for finding authentic goods of exceptional quality. You can take a trip around the 200-foot Ferris wheel for a romantic nighttime view of the city. Then, you may dine on some delicious food before transferring back to your hotel.
Bangkok – Aroma Therapy
At this point, the busy week will have undoubtedly taken its toll. For the final day in Bangkok, you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind before preparing to head home. You can take this time to revisit the experiences and review the incredible photos of your journey.
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you will transfer to Bangkok’s best Wellness Spas. The luxurious property is popular among many stylish expatriates because of its excellent service, great rates, and a sophisticated approach to the traditional Thai massage. Soak it all in over an Herbal Aroma Oil Body Massage. You will then transfer back to your hotel, feeling completely refreshed, ready to pack, and prepared for your flight back home. Finally, you will transfer to the airport from your hotel, knowing that you have explored the best of Bangkok during your 7-Day stay.
- Marvel at the picture-perfect, panoramic cityscape views of Bangkok two incredible restaurants, one that is complete with a 200-foot riverfront Ferris wheel
- Explore Thailand’s most prominent and inspiring Buddhist temples: Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho, as well as the Grand Palace
- Dine at late Anthony Bourdain-recommended restaurant
- Discover the ancient city of Ayutthaya, capture its majestic temple ruins, and delve into the cultural heritage of Thailand
- Cruise along the Chao Phraya River and experience Bangkok by boat
- Visit the shopping and fashion capital of Bangkok in Siam Square
- Learn more about the Thai silk industry with a trip to the world-famous Jim Thompson House
- Unlock traditional Thai culinary secrets and master local cuisine at the Baipai Cooking School
- Fine-dine at the authentic and exquisite Suan Bua restaurant
- Travel to Chinatown, Amphawa Floating Market, and Asiatique, the Riverfront, as you explore a variety of traditional Thai markets
- Enjoy a traditional Thai massage and spa treatment at the sophisticated Asia Herb Association
Thailand is a tremendously popular travel destination, with the city of Bangkok being a key highlight for any trip to Thailand. After all, Bangkok is the booming capital of the country. It offers explorers the unique opportunity to experience luxurious cityscapes, magnificent Buddhist images, and authentic cultural heritage all within the city limits. The extravagant skyscrapers, meticulously designed temples, and captivating Thai cuisine are only a few of the attractions that you can expect to experience on this 7-Day tour of the best that Bangkok has to offer.
Upon arrival, enjoy scenic views of Bangkok as you approach the city by private transfer. Check-in to your lavish 5-star hotel for an incredibly comfortable stay. From your hotel, transfer to a famous restaurant for fine-dining with panoramic views of the dreamy cityscape. Return to your room for a great night’s rest in preparation for the day ahead. Then, enjoy a complimentary breakfast before setting off for a walking temple tour of Bangkok. Experience the majesty of three of Bangkok’s inspiring Buddhist temples, each one showcasing the beauty of traditional Thai architecture while offering insight into their heritage. In the evening, dine at late Anthony Bourdain’s favorite Pad Thai restaurant in the country.
The next day, you will transfer to the ancient city of Ayutthaya. The UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya Historical Park affords travelers the opportunity to delve deep into the history of Thailand and explore its fascinating age-old ruins and temples. After capturing all that you can, you can sit back comfortably as you cruise along the Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok. Enjoy traditional treats and snacks on the picturesque boat ride before transferring to your hotel. Supper at the exquisite Thara Thong river-side restaurant will bring this perfect day to a close.
On Day 4, shop Bangkok’s best deals in the fashion-forward Siam Square. Visit Terminal 21 for a culturally-enriching shopping experience as you discover fashion and food from major cities around the globe. In your free time, you can scout additional points of interest before heading to the world-famous Jim Thompson House. The stunning museum shares insight into the Thai silk industry and its influence. Stop by Bangkok’s best tech mall for unbeatable electronic deals before returning to your hotel and tucking into local cuisine.
Learn more about the art of Thai cuisine and how to cook it yourself at a prestigious cooking school, which is on Day 5 of the tour. Here, you will unlock the mysteries and master the creation of tantalizing Thai meals. Then, you will delight in authentic, Thai fine-dining at yet another celebrated restaurant. On Day 6, discover the many markets of Bangkok. A trip to Chinatown will yield exciting purchases and a scrumptious breakfast. Later on, transfer to Amphawa Floating Market to experience a market by boat. Return to your hotel before setting off to the high-end night market, Asiatique, the Riverfront,which is located on the Chao Phraya river banks. Then, journey up the 200-foot Ferris wheel for a breathtaking nighttime view.
The last day of your tour is dedicated to unwinding before you head home. Treat yourself with a trip to one of Bangkok’s best Wellness Spas and enjoy a traditional Thai massage with aromatherapy oils and reinvigorate your body. You will return to your hotel, feeling completely refreshed, where you will pack while you wait for your private transfer. Check-out and make your way to the airport after a brilliantly enriching and luxurious week in Bangkok. Consider learning more about our travelers’ favorite Thailand travel experiences by reading their travel reviews.
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