- Bangkok Extension4 days from $1,995
Continue your Southeast Asia adventure in Bangkok, Thailand’s delightfully chaotic capital. Explore vibrant streets and picturesque canals, discover centuries-old Buddhist temples, and learn about Thai history on visits to the Grand Palace and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. Enjoy a variety of delectable meals along the way, sampling the fresh, spicy flavors of Thai cuisine.
Fly from Siem Reap to the bustling city of Bangkok. Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch before setting out to explore the sprawling Grand Palace, the official residence of Thailand’s royal family from 1782 to the early 20th century. Visit Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which houses one of the country’s most sacred icons; and admire the monumental reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. This evening, relax at your hotel, nestled along the shores of the Chao Phraya River.
Soak up the sights and sounds of Bangkok on a full-day exploration of the Thai capital. Venture to Wat Traimit, or Temple of the Golden Buddha, to view an enormous Buddha sculpture dating to the 13th century and composed almost entirely of gold. Craft a garland of jasmine flowers at a flower market alongside a local artist; then embark on a private boat tour of Bangkok’s khlongs, or canals. This maze-like network of waterways was created in the late 18th century by King Rama I, earning Bangkok the nickname of “Venice of the East.” Glide past ornate temples, stilted wooden homes, and floating markets, watching daily life unfold along the water. Stop at Baan Silapin, an artists’ gallery and performance space located in a former merchant’s home, and admire the local artwork. Later, visit Wat Bang Chak, a Buddhist temple located just outside of the city, where we’ll make an offering of our jasmine garlands. This evening, delight in mouthwatering Thai specialties on a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River.
Travel north to Ayutthaya, a historic capital of Siam and a UNESCO World Heritage site. On the way, stop at the 17th-century Bang Pa-In Royal Palace for a private tour. This eclectic and whimsical palace complex used to be a summer residence of the Siamese kings. Visit nearby Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, a unique Buddhist “church temple” constructed in the Gothic Revival style; then make your way to ancient Ayutthaya, which served as the second capital of Siam before being destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Take a cruise around this splendid city—perched on an island surrounded by three rivers—and enjoy lunch on board. Spend the afternoon exploring Ayutthaya’s weathered towers, ruined temples, and numerous Buddha sculptures with a private guide. Return to Bangkok for an evening at leisure.
Enjoy free time this morning before transferring to the airport for your flight home.