Thailand Rooftops and Flipflops 5 days / 4 nights

Single (Superior)from AUD $1710.00

Twin (Superior)from AUD $1270.00

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Tour Description

Day 1 – Bangkok arrival – On arrival at Bangkok you will be greeted by our airport representative who will provide the private vehicle transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon you will embark on a walking tour of some of Bangkok’s best locations to eat authentic Thai Cuisine. Full of fresh aromas and heavenly spices, to taste true Thai cuisine you need to frequent the places where the locals eat. This tour takes you to Bangrak, also known as the ‘Village of Love’, a local area full of small family-run shop houses that have been passed down from generation to generation and sell all sorts of homemade products. Meet your guide at the Sky Train station and start the tour on foot – the best way to explore the back alleyways and experience the sights and smells of the city. Along the way pass by stalls and shops where aromatic dishes are being whipped up in front of your eyes. Stop at Ban Oou Mosque, which can trace its roots back to the 18th century before visiting a homemade Chili Paste Shop, which supplies to the shops in the area in addition to some 5 star hotels. Stroll around the Bangrak Wet Market to see the different vegetables and fruits on offer and sample some of the delicious freshly cooked snacks. Listen to the story and beliefs behind the spirit house that is located inside the market and enjoy a short walk to Boon sap, an old dessert shop that has been operating for three generations and try out some typical homemade Thai desserts. To compliment sampling the culinary delights of the area, you also stop in at some of the historic sites including the Suan Plu Temple, Sueb Samphanthawonse Church, the first Protestant Church in Thailand. Proceed then to Thanying, a 50-year-old restaurant that serves up the best homemade spicy curries to be found in the city.

Day 2 – Bangkok – At the conclusion of breakfast at your hotel, take the Sky Train from your hotel to “Saphan Taksin” pier, where you will board an express boat and cruise along the Chao Phraya River to Tha Chang pier. Visit Wat Po and the famous Reclining Buddha, covered in gold leaf, and with an early start experience the monks early morning chanting ritual. Continue by tuk tuk to Baan Bat, where locals have been crafting monk’s alms bowls since the 1700s, and then to Wat Saket, the `Golden Mount`. Climb its nearly 400 low steps to the top and see the large golden Chedi, which houses a holy relic of the Buddha and enjoy panoramic views of the city from this high vantage point. Continue to the Giant Swing and explore the area on foot. Lunch today is enjoyed at a local restaurant serving up some of the best Thai dishes in town. After lunch, try coconut ice cream from a nearby vendor who has been selling homemade ice cream for over 50 years from the same location. Proceed to Phanfa Lilat pier and enjoy a boat ride through Bangkok`s Saen Saeb canal to the beautiful Lanna-style house of Jim Thompson, who brought Thai silk international recognition before mysteriously disappearing during a trip to Malaysia. Return to your hotel via the Sky Train.After enjoying dinner, transfer to Rachada Night Market, a new Market in Bangkok, just what Bangkok needs as it brings the creativeness and flare of the older Train Market. The great part of this Market is that they have taken old Train freight or shipping containers and converted them into Bars, Shops, Restaurants, or both. The Market includes a great mix of food, vintage shopping, beauty products, haircuts, hats, t-shirts, toys, and other items. (B, L)

Day 3 – Bangkok to Hua Hin – To discover the way Bangkok used to be, travel approx 100 km outside of Bangkok to the Damnoen Saduak floating market with its many colours, flavours and exotic fragrances. Start with a scenic ride on a narrow long tail-speedboat, passing riverside villages and fruit plantations, before entering the vibrant market. There will be many photo opportunities along the way and on the colourful market on the water. Afterwards visit the tiny unique temple Wat Bang Kung, which appears almost like a jungle temple with its roots embracing the building. Proceed to the Mae Klong Railway Market in Samut Songkhram. The market stalls are literally on the railway tracks, so when a train approaches, vendors scramble to clear away their produces from the tracks. In the late afternoon your driver will transfer you to Hua Hin. (B, L)

Day 4 – Hua Hin – Today is at your own leisure. (B)

Day 5 – Hua Hin to Bangkok departure – Enjoy the last day at your leisure before meeting your driver late morning and transfer back to Bangkok Airport where your tour will conclude. (B)

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

Accommodation in a twin / double share basis
Local english speaking guide
Entrance fee’s for mentioned visits
Transfers & transport by air conditioned vehicle
Meals as described in the itinerary.

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