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Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

1. Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

Choose from either a shared group or private guided experience to see 2 iconic markets on a day trip from Bangkok. See a market located on the railway tracks, the Maeklong Railway Market, and a market that floats on the canals at the Damnoen Saduak Market. After pickup, arrive at the Maeklong Railway Market, also known as Talad Rom Hup (“Umbrella Pulldown Market”). Maeklong is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and hugs the track of the Maeklong Railway. Gain fascinating insights into how the market is run and what products are sold here from your local guide. Marvel at how market stalls and awnings are pulled back from the tracks every time a train approaches to let the train pass through. Next, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of the most famous floating markets in Thailand. To reach the market, take a short ride in a paddleboat. Enjoy plenty of time to meander around the colorful market, where friendly vendors sell directly from their boats. Take in the sights and sounds, and try local specialties like mango sticky rice. Your guide will give you advice on what not to miss. Return to Bangkok in time for the early afternoon.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Temples Small Group Tour with Lunch

2. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Temples Small Group Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a small-group tour of the magnificent temple ruins of Ayutthaya, the capital during the golden age of Siam. All entrance fees, an expert guide, and lunch at a local restaurant are included. Travel from Bangkok in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle or choose to join the tour at your first stop in Ayutthaya, Wat Lokayasutha. This temple is known for its giant reclining Buddha image, one of the few structures remaining intact here. Your next stop is Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, being part of the royal palace complex this is where royalty performed rituals. It is considered the most important temple of Ayutthaya. Then, visit Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya. One of the oldest and most significant temples in the history of Ayutthaya, it once housed the Buddha's holy relic. Admire the famous Buddha head entwined within the roots of a Bodhi tree. After, tuck into a hearty lunch at a local Thai restaurant, where your guide will be available to advise on local culinary specialties. Last but not least, finish your trip at the grand, riverside Wat Chaiwattanaram. Marvel at its compelling architectural style, influenced by the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, as you wander around the monumental grounds.

Suvarnabhumi Airport: 2.5-Hour Miracle Lounge Access

3. Suvarnabhumi Airport: 2.5-Hour Miracle Lounge Access

Enjoy VIP access at Miracle Lounge Suvarnabhumi for a relaxing wait in between flights. Be pampered with unlimited food and hot or chilled beverages, including delicious Thai food from The Miracle Group Hotel chef. Each lounge has comfortable couches, free WiFi, work stations and international TV channels, magazines, and newspapers. The lounge also offers a shower room, a prayer room, and open-air space (Concourse D). At the breakfast counter, you will find fresh cookies, pies, sandwich, and cakes. This is the best place enjoy a break before your next flight.

Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

4. Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Bangkok's major area by 8AM, then begin the journey by 9AM from River City Bangkok by local transport to the Emerald Buddha Temple. Along the way, pass by the amulet market, one of the most famous, historical community markets of Rattanakosin Island. Discover the first stop of Wat Phra Kaew which is commonly known in English as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and officially as Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram. It is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.  Explore the Grand Palace which was the official residence of the Kings of Thailand. Nowadays, the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year. After the Grand Palace, continue to visit Wat Pho, if you've selected this option. On the way, pass Tha Thien Market, a culture food market that sells dried, salted seafood and wholesale products. Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho. It is on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples. Learn about King Rama I who rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site and how it became his main temple where some of his ashes are enshrined. The temple is considered the earliest center for medical public education surrounded by the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions. It has been recognized by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme. Most importantly, it is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple until today. Complete the list of must-visit temples in Bangkok by continue your journey to Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks which is known for its giant tower, next to the Chao Phraya River, standing 70 meters high. The temple is decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass surrounded by Chinese porcelain.

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport: VIP Meet & Greet Service

5. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport: VIP Meet & Greet Service

Meet your personal hostess at Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok International Airport) after a long flight, and enjoy a VIP experience on arrival. Benefit from a premium service that offers fast-track assistance all the way. Following a meet-and-greet at the skywalk, navigate all the airport formalities with your personal assistant. Your host will assist you through the application for a visa upon arrival service and then take your through customs via the "Premium Immigration Lane.' As you head downstairs, a dedicated baggage porter will be arranging the collection of your checked bags as your concierge fast tracks you through Customs and escorts you and your guests to your onward transportation or to your host for transportation to the hotel. On your departure, there is no need to wait in line, your concierge will pre-arrange the check-in and printing of your boarding passes and luggage tags. Meet them outside with a dedicated porter to collect your bags.Be escorted to the front of the document check-in and security lines before you go to Immigration and Customs. Due to security restrictions, concierge service is limited through Customs and Immigration Pre-Clearance. You must clear Immigration and Customs on your own. Once you have cleared, your personal concierge will escort you up to the VIP airport departure gate. Please note, this service does not include transportation to your city hotel. Book a transfer to your desired destination in addition to this VIP service for the best stress-free start to your time in Bangkok!

Bangkok: 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise

6. Bangkok: 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise

Start your evening by checking in at the meeting point at the River City Complex at 7:00 PM. Board the White Orchid Cruise Ship at 7:45 PM and have a welcome drink while you enjoy a classical Thai dance as the cruise starts along the Chao Phraya River. Along the journey, you will have a chance to observe Bangkok's remarkable sights light up in the dark, including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha), Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and many more. At 8:00 PM, a buffet dinner will be served with a great variety of delightful dishes ranging from traditional Thai to Western cuisines, followed by desserts. While enjoying your food, you'll be thoroughly entertained with the live music performance and a unique Cabaret show on board. After dinner, you can take the opportunity to observe the sights flowing by on the river banks by relaxing on the open-air deck - this will allow you to marvel at a 360-degree view of Bangkok from the Choa Phraya river by night. At 9:45 PM, you'll arrive back at the River City pier to enjoy the rest of your evening in Bangkok.

Bangkok: Luxury Buffet Dinner Cruise With Live Music

7. Bangkok: Luxury Buffet Dinner Cruise With Live Music

Take a river cruise along the Chao Phraya River and see Bangkok light up at night. Listen to live music, see iconic sights, and eat a delicious seafood buffet dinner with both Thai and international foods available. This is a night you won't want to miss. Embark on a luxury dinner cruise from ICONSIAM Shopping Center right by the Chao Phraya River. Sit back, relax, and admire breathtaking views of the Grand Place, Wat Arun Temple, and other famous buildings alongside the river. Enjoy a candlelit dinner with live singers as you savor dishes like sashimi, papaya salad, tom yum goong, pad thai, chicken with cashew nuts, fried fish in sweet and sour sauce, curries, pasta, and a variety of western and Thai desserts. Watch traditional Thai dance performances as your luxury dinner cruise comes to an end and you head back to the meeting point.

SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World & Madame Tussauds Combo Ticket

8. SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World & Madame Tussauds Combo Ticket

Enjoy a day full of fun in Bangkok with this special combo ticket to 2 top attractions. Visit one of Southeast Asia’s largest aquariums that showcases over 30,000 aquatic creatures in its massive tanks, in 7 different segments. Explore the Open Ocean segment that features a 270-degree glass tunnel underneath the tank. Take a stroll along the Shark Walk where only a sheet of acrylic separates you from the sharks beneath. Head to Madame Tussauds and see over 90 wax figures in 10 zones. Get a photo alongside your favorite movie star, musician or sportsperson. Try your hand at tennis on the Wii near Serena Williams, or shoot a couple of hoops alongside Yao Ming.

Muay Thai Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium - VIP Entrance Ticket

9. Muay Thai Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium - VIP Entrance Ticket

Muay Thai is one of the national sports of Thailand, an ancient martial art that has developed over the course of 500 years. A must-see if you visit Bangkok, the Muay Thai kickboxing fights allow you to experience the Thai culture from a very different perspective. You will be amazed by the vibrant atmosphere in the arena and enjoy the match from an extremely close position with the VIP seating, right next to the ring.  The Ratchadamnoen Stadium is the oldest and greatest boxing stadium, built in 1945, and has hosted important tournaments and more than 1500 fights. By joining this event, set yourself up to learn more about this traditional martial art, and its practices and techniques. 

4-Hour Doi Suthep & Hmong Hill Tribe Village from Chiang Mai

10. 4-Hour Doi Suthep & Hmong Hill Tribe Village from Chiang Mai

Depart Chiang Mai and travel to the temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep on Doi Suthep mountain. Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who climb up 309 steps to the stupa on the hilltop. Get spectacular views of Chiang Mai city and its surroundings. Then, visit a village and museum of the ethnic Hmong hill tribe, located inside the boundaries of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Learn more about the life of the tribe, known for their colorful costumes and handicraft traditions. Return to Chiang Mai and get dropped off at your hotel.

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The whole experience extraordinary. It was my first cruise ever and it was wonderful. We got really nice seats on the top. The buffet was good. The cabaret show was very entertaining. My mother is vegetarian and she didn’t have anything to eat. She asked a chef if they have anything vegetarian and he said he will be back in 10 minutes. Which he did and brought 4 freshly made pure vegetarian dishes for her. The staff was extremely nice and supportive as they helped board my autistic sister (who’s afraid of heights and water). GetYourGuide made it easier as I didn’t have to stand in any queue and got good seats by booking in advance. Extremely recommended

We are a group of 4 on a day trip to Ayutthaya. The trip covered key landmarks and was a great way to spend a day learning about Thai history. We also had lunch at a wonderful Thai restaurant with great fried rice and pork. Our guide Tar was an excellent guide who was mindful of our comfort throughout the tour. She was also professional and very knowledgeable about Ayutthaya. She was hospitable, offering to take photos of us in the best spots at each landmark. It was a hot and sweltering day, but made a breeze due to Tar’s warm nature. Will recommend the trip to anyone.

If you would like to see the authentic Thai people and their everyday life, this is the tour to go. As a single lady, I wouldn't have dared to go to the back streets, where the real Thai culture lies. I'm glad that i chose this tour. See it for yourself, slow down the pace if possible to talk to the shop owners and cooks if possible. And take some photos. Unforgettable and highly recommended. Gentle reminder, join with an empty and eager stomach and an open mind.

it such an amazing experiences to join this trip, where I was able to make new friends. our guide explained so well about all the information.

It was a great tour and Sam our guide was very knowledgeable.