Bangkok, the megacity in the delta of the Chao Phraya River, has many cultural charms. While some love to visit it because of the beautiful Buddhist temples and royal palaces, others love its never-ending shopping arcades, the gourmet eateries, cafes and supermarkets. Our special Bangkok trip combines all these elements as you will find once you land in this bustling city with its friendly people and tolerant society.

We begin our trip with a bit of culture -- a visit to the Grand Palace and some of the famous Buddhist temples nearby. You can also take a half-day trip to the famous temple town of Ayutthaya, bike around and have lunch at the Baan Watcharachai, a restaurant on a wooden boat in a lake near the main temple. We also recommend an overnight excursion to the famous WatRongKhun, the white temple near Chiang Rai and an excursion to see the hill tribe villages. While you are there feed and bathe the elephants and try some bamboo rafting.

Once you are back in Bangkok, try shopping and eating. The whiff of good life will be all around! Go to the Central World, the largest mall in Asia, the adjacent Gaysorn Plaza, and the Siam Paragon. Fill your shopping bags to your heart’s content with gadgets, clothes and accessories, hop into boutiques and salons, and try some local fare at road-side eateries. Drop by at the Chatuchak Market, Thailand’s largest and most colourful street market in north Bangkok, held every weekend. Got bargaining skills? Good! You’ll need it here! Also visit the nearby Food Market – pick up local spices, curry pastes and dry cooking ingredients. We also suggest a visit to the Bangkok Flower Market for the unique sensory experience –it is drenched in colours and fragrance of blooms.

No trip to Bangkok is complete without a visit the Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School where you can wind off with a 60-minute traditional Thai massage with herbs

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