Breakfast at your hotel
Klong Tour, Grand Palace and Wat Pho
After breakfast at your hotel, this morning your Akorn guide will take you (by air-conditioned vehicle) to board a private boat to explore the Thonburi Klongs. Criss-crossing Bangkok, the complex network of klongs (canals) highlights the traditional Thai way of life that once gave the capital the nickname “The Venice of the East”.
This excursion, which also includes a cruise on the mighty Chao Phraya River (the River of the Kings), provides a glimpse of how important the city’s water network remains in the life of the residents of stilted houses and floating bank barges which line the majestic river.
After an intriguing canal tour, visit Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), a dramatic temple on the south bank of the Chao Phraya embedded with pieces of multi-colored porcelain which strikingly reflect the rays of the morning sun. Wat Arun once housed the Emerald Buddha before it was moved across the river to Wat Phra Kaew in 1782 by Rama I.
Leaving the klongs, and your guide will take you to visit The Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha and Wat Pho, three of Bangkok’s most alluring attractions.
Lunch will be served at local restaurant (drinks included)
An intriguing blend of Italian Renaissance architecture and classical Thai roofing, The Grand Palace is one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Siamese court, comprising several palaces and halls used for different occasions. Construction on the palace began in 1782 by King Rama I and has been improved upon by subsequent rulers.
Your knowledgeable A&K guide will escort you around the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Reception Palace and the Funeral Palace as you soak in the regal ambience of the elegant compound.
Your guide will then take you to see Wat Phra Kaew (also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) Bangkok’s most important and sacred temple. Built at the end of the 18th century by King Rama I, this splendid wat (temple) is a beautiful example of Thai aesthetics and architecture and proudly houses the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most revered religious image. Though perhaps small in stature, the effigy symbolizes independence and strength and is said to bring good fortune to the nation.
Visit Wat Pho next. Built by King Rama I nearly 200 years ago, Wat Pho plays host to the gigantic Reclining Buddha (or Phra Buddhasaiyas), a distinctive image covered in gold leaf that lies 45 meters (150 feet) long and stands almost 15 meters (50 feet) high. Wat Pho is considered the first center of public education and the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, therefore the temple is sometimes referred to as “Thailand’s First University”.
Please note: appropriate attire must be worn when visiting the Grand Palace. Short skirts, shorts and sleeveless attire are not permitted. Some buildings within the Grand Palace are only open to visitors from Monday-Friday.
Dinner will be served at your hotel.