Explore! The Old Siam

Explore! The Old Siam

Bangkok’s history started more than 200 years ago and over time, the city has changed to
a more modern capital. However, remains of the good old days continue to be visible
and can be visited: a tour back in time that will offer quite a few surprises.

WHY THIS TOUR?

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.

And where else than in the very core of where the city started to sprout – Rattanakosin Island – are ample examples preserved and presented to those seeking an escape of a progressive-thinking city. This tour certainly deserves the title of “a captivating journey through the authentic with exquisite examples of a Bangkok of old”.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Explore! The Old Siam

08:00 - 15:00

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.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • 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 is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • 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 travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • 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.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power
  • 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.

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