Bangkok can initially appear as an overbearing metropolitan area. Thick glass towers, bustling streets, and seemingly endless traffic. However, beneath the surface, there is a legendary city to find that unfolds around canals and ornate temples. After an airport transfer, you will check into a hotel along the river. After some time to refresh, you will set off towards Ratchaburi, which is located on the west end of the city. You will switch to a private long-tail boat and snake into winding canals.
Small bamboo houses will line the water as boats chug tenderly towards the market. Many of the long-tail boats are punted or paddled, especially as you get deeper into the canals. Some of these are not just modes of transport, but also market stalls that are thickly laden with piles of bananas, pineapples, oranges, ropes, cooking bowls, Buddha images, motorcycle tires, and just about everything you can imagine. You can grab a snack or fresh coconut juice from one of them, or haggle with traders in wooden canoes that will be overstocked with tropical fruit.
A floating market that is as old as anyone can remember is an exotic introduction to Thailand’s culture. From here, you will twist slowly back towards Bangkok, using the back canals to explore life along the water. There is contemporary energy and vitality, yet history remains omnipresent as shown by the small temples that dot the banks. As you get closer to the hotel, you will stop at Wat Arun, the towering Temple of the Dawn, where incense swirls and bells are often chiming. You will be back at the hotel before sundown and the evening is left free, which is an opportunity to try one the city’s superb fine dining restaurants, or for a chance to experience a night market and street food.