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Explore! The Old Siam

by Asian Trails Thailand
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Nonrefundable No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required)

Highlights

  • Explore the older side of Bangkok

  • See the way how alms bowls for monks are made

  • See Bangkok from above at the Wat Saket

  • Admire former Royal residences

  • Enjoy a traditional Thai lunch en route

Highlights

  • Explore the older side of Bangkok

  • See the way how alms bowls for monks are made

  • See Bangkok from above at the Wat Saket

  • Admire former Royal residences

  • Enjoy a traditional Thai lunch en route

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Explore! The Old Siam

Activity Location

Multiple Locations Visited

Bangkok

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Hotel Pickup

    Bangkok


Description

Albeit with its eyes towards the future, the Thai capital cherishes a soft spot for its origins. Treasured by locals, supported by the most faithful, and transferred by the elderly to the next generation, traces of Old Siam bring forward a walk through Bangkok’s history. This tour certainly deserves the title of “a captivating journey through the authentic with exquisite examples of a Bangkok of old”.

Your guide and driver await you in your hotel lobby for a day going back in time. We schedule to leave your overnight address in Bangkok at around 8 AM.

Bangkok’s former city centre used to be around the Grand Palace, further north of where it is now located. During the reign of King Rama IV, new roads were constructed to ease traffic and these were not too far away from the Chao Phraya River. Our morning will include along 3 of these main roads: Charoen Krung (also called New Road), Bam Rung Muang and Fueng Nakorn. Your guide will give you a brief on the history and the first establishments of local business while you get sufficient opportunities to take photos.

We continue to make a stop at Wat Saket (or Golden Mountain), towering high above Ratanakosin Island – an area that still bears lots of memorabilia of the former glory of the Ancient Kingdom of Siam. A great panoramic view awaits you when climbing to the top.

We continue by local transport to an original Khmer community at Baan Bat; once a thriving part of Bangkok, it has remained its charm and is now considered one of the leading communities that lives of the creation of Baat Making (alms bowl making for monks). Within walking distance, the Wat Suthat and the Giang Swing are among relics that simply cannot be skipped when taking a nostalgic tour of Bangkok.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue to visit Wat Rajbophit to see the beautiful temple hall decorated with Benjarong wares. This style of ceramics continues to play an important part in preserving arts and culture in houses and establishments around Thailand.

Our last stop is made at the Suan Pakkad Palace Museum, the former private residence of the Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga, to see their collection of antiquities.

Your guide and driver for the day will bring you back to your hotel at around 3 PM.


Inclusions

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.

  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.

  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.

  • All applicable taxes and service charges

  • Lunch at a local restaurant (food only)


Exclusions

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees

  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.

  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels

  • Single supplement charges for single travellers, where applicable

  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point

  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


Know Before You Book

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide.

  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Bangkok areas and restricted to main hotels only.

  • Regions outside the central business district such as Khao San Road, Rattanakosin, Nonthaburi, Thonburi, Minburi, both International Airports, Ratchadapisek and upper Sukhumvit (Soi 55 and further) are excluded and supplementary charges apply

  • We regret that we are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Bangkok area.

  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request

  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.


Explore! The Old Siam ratings based on 1 Verified Review

Expedia Verified Reviews

5 out of 5

5/5 Oct 9, 2018

We had a great experience with this tour and the sights which we saw beautiful but not touristy. The guide and driver were very professional. The golden mount temple should be a must and we also got an insight into Buddhism. We saw monks chanting in the Golden Mount temple. It was very atmospheric and there were no tourists! We visited another temple which was absolutely beautiful. We then took a tuk tuk ride to visit Wat Suthat which was under renovation but still beautiful. After a delicious lunch by the river we visited the Suad Pakkad Palace museum. It is a must do. We found the lacquer pavilion absolutely breathtaking. There were also a lot of artefacts. We would thoroughly recommend the tour.

Sharmistha Ghosh

United Kingdom