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Gardens & Sights of Thailand

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Known as the land of smiles, Thailand is a wonderfully friendly and laid-back holiday destination, perfect for those seeking an exotic getaway that’s rich in history and culture.

Discover Bangkok, one of the most vibrant cities in the world, where you will explore sacred temples, bustling markets and oriental gardens, tour the city’s many canals by boat, delight in tasty local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the unique culture. Next, travel westward to the town of Kanchanaburi, located on the famous River Kwai, where you will visit local caves and see the historic Bridge over the river and railway, giving a unique insight into the fascinating history of the area through the Second World War.

 

Dr Tom Curtis, a botanist & horticulturalist with over 30 years’ experience in Ireland and abroad, escorts this tour; he will be available at all times to help and advise you. This is an opportunity to see not only the gardens, but also the sights and life of Thailand with experienced local guides who will accompany you at all times.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Thai Baht
Local Time
GMT +7 hours
Passport & Visa
Irish and UK citizens may enter Thailand for up to 30 days without obtaining a visa. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure date from Thailand.
Climate

Thailand has a tropical climate. There are three distinct seasons in Northern Thailand; cool from November to February, hot from March to June and rainy from July – October. Southern Thailand generally just experiences rainy and hot seasons but the coastal regions are generally sunny year round.

Food & Drink

Thai cuisine is light, aromatic and can have a slightly spicy edge. Rice is a staple part of the Thai diet and accompanies most meals. Expect to have all of your five taste senses sparked as you indulge in tasty local dishes made from pork, chicken, fish or shrimp accompanied by exotic fruits, vegetables and herbs. Seafood is abundant, fresh and cheap in coastal areas. Banana pancakes are a great choice for dessert or for breakfast!

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 60B
  • Beer: 100B
  • Main course: 150B
  • Soft Drink: 18B
  • Bottled Water: 10B
  • (100 baht = €2.60)
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes that are easily removed when entering Temples, shops and restaurants
  • Camera
  • You can pick up a cheap scarf or shawl locally to cover arms and shoulders when entering temples

Holiday highlights

The Grand Palace Bangkok

The Grand Palace is the must-see attraction in Bangkok. An architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colourful mosaics it was previously the residence of past kings of Thailand. The architecture is predominantly Thai, though there are some European influences. The palace served as the official residence of kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The most famous building within the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew and this is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.

Amphawa Floating Market

There are countless floating markets throughout Thailand, but the Amphawa Floating Market is the most authentic. Situated 50 km from Bangkok, the market is popular with the local Thai people. You will see colourfully clad merchants paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit, vegetables and other foods to sell to shoppers on the canal banks. The markets are usually bustling with activity and bargaining is part of the fun of the sale.

Rama IX Park

Stretching over 200 acres, Rama IX Park is the largest green space in Bangkok and features a beautiful botanical garden, impressive lake and gardens inspired by countries around the world. Built in 1987 to celebrate King Bhumibol’s 60th birthday, the park maintains a sizeable collection of various plant species and aims to promote botanical knowledge and to build awareness of the need to conserve natural resources and the environment.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Thai Baht
Local Time
GMT +7 hours
Passport & Visa
Irish and UK citizens may enter Thailand for up to 30 days without obtaining a visa. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure date from Thailand.
Climate

Thailand has a tropical climate. There are three distinct seasons in Northern Thailand; cool from November to February, hot from March to June and rainy from July – October. Southern Thailand generally just experiences rainy and hot seasons but the coastal regions are generally sunny year round.

Food & Drink

Thai cuisine is light, aromatic and can have a slightly spicy edge. Rice is a staple part of the Thai diet and accompanies most meals. Expect to have all of your five taste senses sparked as you indulge in tasty local dishes made from pork, chicken, fish or shrimp accompanied by exotic fruits, vegetables and herbs. Seafood is abundant, fresh and cheap in coastal areas. Banana pancakes are a great choice for dessert or for breakfast!

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 60B
  • Beer: 100B
  • Main course: 150B
  • Soft Drink: 18B
  • Bottled Water: 10B
  • (100 baht = €2.60)
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes that are easily removed when entering Temples, shops and restaurants
  • Camera
  • You can pick up a cheap scarf or shawl locally to cover arms and shoulders when entering temples

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to Thailand

Morning

Travel to Thailand

Upon arriving in Bangkok, Thailand you will be met by our local representative in the arrivals area of the airport, before being transferred to your hotel.

Afternoon

At Leisure

You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to unpack, relax and explore the surroundings of your hotel. At 6.00 P.M. you will have an Introductory Talk on Thailand, its features, culture and people by your guide Dr Tom Curtis.

Day 2 – Jim Thompson’s House Museum and Suan Pakkard Palace

Morning

Jim Thompson’s House Museum

After breakfast, visit Jim Thompson’s beautiful Thai-style house and garden filled with his priceless collection of Asian antiques, pottery and other curiosities. Jim Thompson was the legendary American architect and entrepreneur who settled in Thailand after World War II and almost single-handedly revived the moribund silk industry. No trace was found of Thompson after he disappeared in 1967 while hiking near the Cameron Highlands.

Afternoon

Suan Pakkard Palace

In the afternoon, discover the charming Suan Pakkard Palace which holds and exhibits one of Thailand's leading Asian art and antique collections. Within the royal complex there are eight traditional Thai houses overlooking a beautifully kept garden. In each building you can find differing pieces such as a collection of Thai musical instruments which belonged to the late H.R.H. Prince Paribatra, a large collection of Buddha images, Khon masks, puppets, clay figurines and Chinese porcelain.

Day 3 – Rama IX Park, the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Morning

Rama IX Park

Set off this morning to visit Rama IX Park, built in 1987 to celebrate King Bhumibol’s 60th birthday. It is the largest green space in Bangkok with a beautiful botanical garden, lake and gardens inspired by countries around the world.

Afternoon

The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Enjoy an afternoon excursion to the impressive Grand Palace, considered one of the most stunning examples of an ancient Siamese court. The complex incorporates several palaces and halls used for different occasions. Bangkok’s former royal palace is an intriguing blend of Italian Renaissance architecture and classical Thai roofing. Continue to admire the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaeo), Bangkok’s most important and sacred wat. Built at the end of the 18th century by King Rama I, this splendid example of Thai aesthetics and religious architecture houses the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most venerated image.

Evening

Asiatique The Riverfront

Spend the evening at Asiatique The Riverfront, Bangkok’s first large-scale riverside community mall, combining shopping, dining, sightseeing, activities and events under one roof. Enjoy a tasty dinner at Joe Louis Thai Restaurant, including a Thai Puppet Show before arriving back at your hotel.

Day 4 – Boat Trip on Chao Phraya River

Morning

At Leisure

Enjoy a morning at leisure where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings. Your guide would be delighted to recommend activities to suit your interests.

Afternoon

Boat Trip along Chao Phraya River

After lunch, board a private boat to explore the Thonburi Klongs. The network of klongs (canals) highlights the traditional Thai way of life that once gave Bangkok the title of “The Venice of the East”. The trip provides a glimpse of the still-active waterborne life of the residents of Thonburi, from their stilted homes to floating bank barges, as you sail along the mighty Chao Phraya River (the River of the Kings) to Taksin Bridge where you will be met by your coach and transferred back to your hotel.

Day 5 – Ayutthaya and Bang Pa In

Morning

Ayutthaya

In the morning depart for Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. Although sacked, looted and razed by Burmese invaders in the 18th century, the surviving ruins stand as a testament to the former glory of what was once the most magnificent city in the Orient. Stroll around Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the royal temple which originally stood within the compound of the king’s palace. Built in the 14th century, the main compound once held a 52 foot long Buddha image covered in 550 lbs of gold, which was later melted down by the Burmese conquerors. Go on to look at the enormous bronze Buddha statue in Phra Mongkol Bopit, one of the largest in Thailand and finally visit Wat Phanan Choeng, believed to predate Ayutthaya by 26 years, which houses a massive image of the seated Buddha.

Afternoon

Bang Pa In

Continue on to Bang Pa In, the former royal summer retreat, where you will have the opportunity to tour the impeccably manicured grounds and the assortment of royal buildings within the complex before returning to Bangkok.

Day 6 – Chatuchak Weekend Market and Chinatown

Morning

Chatuchak Weekend Market

After breakfast, depart for a visit to Chatuchak Weekend Market, the biggest outdoor shopping market in Thailand. Here you will find almost anything your heart desires. This market is more than just a paradise for shopping. It also offers a unique glimpse of the wide range of goods produced in Thailand. Get ready to use a few words of Thai you have picked up along the way and make sure to smile to get those super special prices!

Afternoon

Chinatown

In the afternoon, your guide will take you on a tour through Bangkok’s Chinatown, famous for its gold shops, always painted red and making much use of mirror glass. You will also find many fascinating goods for sale, including traditional medicines. Afterwards, visit Narai Phand Handicraft Centre, known for their wonderful selection of beautiful Thai crafts.

Day 7 – Amphawa Floating Market and King Rama II Memorial Park

Morning

Amphawa Floating Market

This morning, travel overland to the town of Kanchanaburi, originally established by King Rama I as the first line of defence against the invading Burmese army. During WW II, the Japanese occupation in Thailand used Allied Prisoners of war to build the infamous Death Railway along this same invasion route. Stop en route at the Amphawa District to view its fascinating floating food market.

Afternoon

King Rama II Memorial Park

Continue to the King Rama II Memorial Park where you will find many places of interest, including the King Rama II Museum, built in the traditional Thai architectural style. Afterwards, transfer to your hotel in Kanchanaburi.

Day 8 – Kanchanaburi

Morning

Wat Tham Khao Poon, Chung Kai & Kanchanaburi Cemetery

Depart for a morning excursion to the caves at Wat Tham Khao Poon. There, you can find one big Happy Buddha image placed at top of the hill. One of the highlights of this place is the limestone cave which visitors can walk through to the other end. Continue on to visit the Chung Kai Allied War Memorial contains the graves of 1,740 Australian, New Zealand, British, French and Dutch Prisoners of War in neat, well-kept grounds. Each grave has a headstone with plaque stating names and epitaphs for the fallen. Next, visit Kanchanaburi Allied War Cemetery which contains the graves of 7,000 predominantly British and Australian prisoners. The Commonwealth War Graves commission supports the site and as a result it is exquisitely kept with wonderful green lawns and colourful flowers.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings. Your guide would be delighted to recommend activities to suit your interests, including an optional visit to the JEATH Museum and Japanese war memorial.

Day 9 – Kanchanaburi

Full Day

Train Ride to Namtok Station

Depart this morning to Kanchanaburi Station and board a train to Namtok Station. The journey will take you across the famous 'Bridge over the River Kwai', immortalised in the classic David Lean film. You will have the opportunity to walk and take a picture on the infamous Death Railway before transferring to your hotel by coach.

Day 10 – Sampran Riverside Resort and Return Home

Morning

Botanical Garden and Thai Village

After breakfast, transfer from Kanchanaburi to Sampran Riverside Resort (formerly Rose Garden Resort) and visit the Botanical Garden. Admire the different species of vegetation and herbs, many of them rare and exotic. Continue to Thai Village and experience the sustainable way of life in this village through various workshops (to be advised locally).

Afternoon

Return Home

Transfer from Sampran Riverside Resort, with guide assistance, to Bangkok Airport for your return flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

The Tawana Bangkok 4 Star

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The Tawana Bangkok
80 Thanon Surawong
Khwaeng Si Phraya
Khet Bang Rak
Bangkok
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Felix River Kwai Resort Kanchanaburi Superior Tourist Class

Felix River Kwai Resort is situated 10 minutes away from downtown Kanchanaburi, it sits on 42 hectares of riverfront land, adjacent to the infamous Bridge On The River Kwai. Each room has a private balcony and guests can enjoy the hotel facilities which include two swimming pools... read more read more read more

Felix River Kwai Resort is situated 10 minutes away from downtown Kanchanaburi, it sits on 42 hectares of riverfront land, adjacent to the infamous Bridge On The River Kwai. Each room has a private balcony and guests can enjoy the hotel facilities which include two swimming pools, a sauna, tennis courts and exotic gardens.

Hotel address
Felix River Kwai Resort Kanchanaburi
9/1, Soi Farm Kai Dam
Tha Ma Kham
Muang
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*Some hotel facilities are seasonally operated and may not be available at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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