Start the day early with a morning visit the the floating markets of Damnern Saduak, located outside Bangkok in the rural countryside. Experience the traditional ways of buying and selling fruits, vegetables and cooked meals, etc. Return to the bustling city of Bangkok to visit the Grand Palace and the royal temple of Wat Phra Keo, stopping to visit the Temple of Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, before returning to the hotel.
Enjoy a full-day excursion from Bangkok to the legendary Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, located approximately 65 miles (110 kilometers) west of the Thai capital. Your journey commences with a leisurely and scenic drive through rice paddies and salt fields. En route, visit a farmhouse and watch locals producing sugar from coconut. The tour then continues by boat, passing fruit plantations and Thai houses that reveal a more traditional way of life. Upon arrival at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, discover boats of all different shapes and sizes, still used by local merchants to ferry their goods along this Venice of the East. Having immersed yourself in thw electric environment, head back towards Bangkok, stopping at a wood-carving factory en route. After lunch, visit the home of the Kings of Siam of the Chakri Dynasty in the heart of Bangkok. Originally built by King Rama I, and serving as royal residence until 1946, today the palace is used for visiting royalty or special guests of the Kingdom. Adjoining the Grand Palace, admire the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keo), the best known of the royal temples, and regarded as the most important temple in all of Thailand. It is used for numerous religious ceremonies in which the King participates, especially at the beginning of each of the 3 seasons when the king personally changes the elaborate robes of the Buddha image, carved out of a single piece of emerald-green jasper. Stop at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Po or Wat Pho), the actual name of which is Wat Phra Jetupon, famous as the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, with its precincts covering 80,000 square meters in all. The temple is also home to the school of Thai medicine, and is known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple.