Highlight of Central Thailand
5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS
Experience Central Thailand on culture and history, temples and Grand Palace are the highlight of Bangkok “The City of Angels”. If you never visit, you won’t ever come to Thailand. Kanchanaburi is a town in western Thailand. It’s known for the Death Railway, built during World War II. Ayutthaya is a city in Thailand, about 80 kilometers north of Bangkok. It was capital of the Kingdom of Siam and a prosperous international trading port. The ruins of the old city now form the Ayutthaya Historical Park, an archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries, and statues. The park is on an island between 3 rivers.
DAY 1: ARRIVE BANGKOK
Arrive Bangkok airport, meet and greets by our airport representative and transfer to your hotel. Late afternoon, pick up from your hotel to join the traditional Thai style dinner Rice Barge cruise along The Chao Phraya River.
Overnight at Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside
DAY 2: BANGKOK
After breakfast at the hotel, it will be time for you to explore the most unusual Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Pick up from your hotel to visit Wat Trimitr, the temple of Golden Buddha. Then, continue by road pass through China Town to visit Wat Po, the temple of the Reclining Buddha. Next place for visiting, this is must see for all visitors to Bangkok “Grand Palace”. You visit the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Keow) and wander around the compound seeing the marvelous architecture. Then, we enter the Grand Palace complex and walk around with a guide telling you all about the many buildings. It may be possible to enter the Coronation Hall and Royal Funeral Hall (depending on religious ceremonies, royal visits, etc. some of the Grand Palace may be closed). Lunch will be served at local restaurant. Then, you take the motorboat across the Chao Phraya River to visit Dawn Temple (Wat Arun). Transfer back to the hotel.
In the evening, pick up from the hotel and transfer to see Muay Thai show. During this magnificent show which includes special effects and up-to-date lighting, you will witness battles and tears plus comedy and joy. After the show, enjoy dinner and then transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight at Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside
DAY 3: BANGKOK – KANCHANABURI
After breakfast at the hotel, pick up from your hotel to visit Damnern Saduak Floating Market. A glimpse of everyday life in Thailand can be seen here. Continue to drive to Kanchanaburi for visiting the famous bridge “River Kwai Bridge” and the beginning of the “Death Railway”. Take a train on the death railway along with the scenic view of Kwai River. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. Transfer to visit the Hellfire Pass walking trail and its memorial museum. The construction of the Hellfire Pass during the Second World War was a tragedy. Thousands of allied prisoners of war were forced to work long hours and under the most hellish conditions. The excavation of cutting was 75 meters long and 25 meters deep.
Overnight at Felix River Kwai Resort
DAY 4: KANCHANABURI – AYUTTHAYA
Breakfast at the hotel before transfer to visit the War Cemetery, where the remains of nearly 7,000 prisoners of war who perished in the construction of the Thai-Burma Death Railway were buried Nearby proceed to JEATH Museum: an open-air museum constructed in the form of an actual prisoner of war camp. Continue drive to Ayutthaya, was the second ancient capital of Siam. Founded on 03 April 1350 and ended on 7 April 1767. Ayutthaya had a long history of 417 years. We will visit Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, once a royal temple lying beside the Grand Palace was once the most significant temple during the Ayutthaya period. Adjacent to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is Viharn Phra Mongkolbopit, an impressive building that houses a large seated bronze Buddha image. Its rebuilt pristine hall was believed to be a replica of the old Assembly Hall of Ayutthaya. Lunch is at the local Thai restaurant. Then, visit Wat Lokaya Sutha to see the largest reclining Buddha of Ayutthaya with 8 meters high and 42 meters long. The Buddha image was made of brick and covered with plaster. Onward to Wat Mahathat, a classic temple ruin of Ayutthaya and famous for the picturesque Buddha head engulfed by the Bodhi tree roots. The foundation size and the remaining prangs and towers attest to the significance during its time.
Overnight at Krungsri River Hotel
DAY 5: AYUTTHAYA – BANGKOK
Breakfast is served at the hotel. Check out and transfer to visit the summer palace “Bang Pa-In” which is beautifully decorated in both Chinese and European styles. Then, welcome aboard the cruise liner at Wat Chong-Lom Pier. Sumptuous buffet lunch with a choice of a variety of oriental and western cuisines will be served, while you may relax and enjoy the fascinating scenery on the River of Kings. The cruiser will then head towards Nontaburi, past Koh Kred, The Monn community before reaching Bangkok city. Coffee will be served while you enjoy the enchanting sights along the River banks such as the colorful Royal Barges House, Thammasart University, The Royal Grand Palace and the graceful Temple of Dawn, with its magnificent 79 M. spire, next is Wat Kallayanamitr, one of the most renowned temples. Arrival and disembark at the River City Shopping Complex Pier. Transfer to your hotel in Bangkok. End of program.