Arrival Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and transfer to your hotel.
Excursion: Bangkok Highlights and Canal Tour Including Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha, Canals By Long-tailed Boat, and Shopping at Local Markets
One of the best ways to explore Bangkok is by boat. A cruise along the Chao Phraya River and the canals of Thonburi on the west side of the river reveal scenes at odds with the bustling, modern inner city.
The tour starts from hotel pier by express boat and cruise on Chao Praya River to a pier near Pak Klong Talad, the wholesale market of fresh vegetables, flowers, and herbs. A short walk through the interesting market, then board tuk tuks – Bangkok’s infamous 3-wheel open-air taxi for a short ride through the old part of the city to the Grand Palace. Visit Wat Pra Kaew (Emerald Buddha Temple) with many truly beautiful buildings and structures. The temple’s main chapel houses the Emerald Buddha, the most sacred image for Buddhists in Thailand. Continue to the Grand Palace, which was the residence and administrative base of the kings of Chakri Dynasty. Admire the majestic buildings, some of which are still used for state and royal functions. Continue to Wat Po, the temple of the Reclining Buddha and its extensive compound with a school of traditional medicine including teaching and facilitating of traditional massage. At end of the visit, take a short walk to the nearest pier, board express boat and travel on the Chao Praya River and through the klongs or canals of Thonburi on the west side of the river from Bangkok. Enjoy the scenic life along the waterways and learn why Bangkok was once called “Venice of the East” The trip ends at hotel pier (or a pier and continue by vehicle to hotel).
Golf at Suwan Golf & Country Club (championship course and site of 2010 Asian Tour International & 2011 Thailand Open) including cart and caddie
Leave Bangkok and transfer to your hotel in Hua Hin
Excursion: Best of Hua Hin Tour Including Mrigadayavan Palace, Wat Khao Takiab, Golden Buddha, and Local Markets
Drive to visit Mrigadayavan Palace, the summer seaside palace, often referred to as the palace of love and hope is located midway between Cha-am and Hua Hin. It was built in 1923 under the royal command of King Rama VI using golden teakwood from the demolished Hat Chao Samran Palace. An Italian architect designed the palace with a dazzling composition of verandahs and latticework in regal proportions. (Maruekhathaiyawan Palace is closed on Wednesday.)
Then visit Hua Hin Railway Station, built in the reign of King Rama VI, the station is one of Thailand’s oldest railway stations. In addition, it is one of the country’s most beautiful train stations with unique architecture. Its most striking feature is the splendid Royal Waiting Room constructed in the Thai architectural style. The room was relocated from Sanam Chan Palace in Nakhon Pathom Province during the reign of King Rama VI.
Continue to visit Khao Takiab Vantage Point. This hill is situated at the southern end of Hua Hin, only 4 kilometers from the town. Visitors can go up the hilltop to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Hua Hin, which is one of the delightful views either during the day or night. There is a temple call Wat Khao Takiab situated on top of the hill. The giant golden Buddha Statue standing against the cliff has become a landmark of Khao Takiab.