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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 Suvarnabhumi Airport: VIP Meet & Greet Service

4. 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: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

5. Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

Meet the group at River City Bangkok by 9:00 AM and head to the Emerald Buddha Temple by local transport. 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 cultural 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 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 today. Complete the list of must-visit temples in Bangkok by continuing your journey to Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks. The temple is known for its giant 70-meter tower next to the Chao Phraya River and is decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass surrounded by Chinese porcelain.

King Power MahaNakhon SkyWalk Discounted Admission Ticket

6. King Power MahaNakhon SkyWalk Discounted Admission Ticket

Experience the Mahanakhon SkyWalk, one of Bangkok's most unforgettable attractions. Ascend to the top of King Power Mahanakhon Building to reach the lofty observation deck at 314 meters. Make use of the indoor and outdoor viewing areas to enjoy unparalleled views of the city. On arrival, head to the 74th floor and catch your first glimpse of the breathtaking panoramic views to come. Learn more about Bangkok’s landmarks through an augmented reality experience with interactive touch screens. Then board the hydraulic glass lift on the 75th floor to explore the floors above.  Feel like you're walking on air when you reach the 78th floor and step out onto one of the world’s largest glass floors. Relax and take in the views from the highest rooftop bar in Thailand. Enjoy champagne, signature cocktails, and an unbeatable sunset experience.

Bangkok: 2-Hour Wonderful Pearl Candle Light Dinner Cruise

7. Bangkok: 2-Hour Wonderful Pearl Candle Light Dinner Cruise

At 6:30 PM begin your journey by checking in at the river city pier number one. Board on the cruise at 7:20 PM and enjoy the Thai classical dancers perform from the dockside. The cruise can accommodate up to 1,200 people, is suitable for those with disabilities, and contains important amenities like escalators, automatic doors, a 360-degree deck, a stage, and more.  As the cruise takes off, enjoy a luxury buffet dinner with dishes from Thai, European, Japanese, and other international cuisines. During your meal, spot remarkable sites along the Chao Phraya River including the Temple of Dawn, Kanlayanamitr Temple, the Grand Palace, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. There will be 2 performances onboard, a classical Thai masked performance of Khon followed by live music on the 360-degree panoramic open-air deck. You will be transferred back to the River City around 9:30 PM. Alternatively, get the festive season in full swing by choosing to take your cruise on New Year's Eve or during Loy Krathong, the Thai festival of light. Bring in the New Year with a 5-hour cruise that includes lucky draws, an international buffet, wine, live jazz, and pop music. Or, in November, receive your own banana leaf lantern to float on the river during Loy Krathong and enjoy traditional dancing and live music as well as a souvenir photo with frame as part of the special Festival of Lights cruise.

Bangkok: Luxury Buffet Dinner Cruise With Live Music

8. 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.

Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok: Private Hotel Transfers

9. Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok: Private Hotel Transfers

Relax in comfort and benefit from the privacy of a vehicle exclusive to you and your party with a private transfer to or from Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok International Airport). Avoid the hassle of negotiating a taxi or the inconvenience of navigating the public transport system with heavy bags. Get a meet and greet from a professional driver and help with your luggage on a transfer by top of the range vehicle. Avail of a service inclusive of expressway fees and insurance, and stay hydrated with the free-on-board bottled drinking water. •Arrival option•: Details of your driver will be provided prior to your travel. Pricing includes meet and greets at the airport arrival lounge. Your airport representative will be holding a name-board with your given name and GetYourGuide logo and wait in the arrival lounge meeting point at Gate 4. All incoming flights will be monitored and your driver will be waiting at your terminal accordingly. Pricing includes 90-minutes of waiting from the time your flight lands. If any unexpected situation arises, however, then the wait time will be extended for passengers who have trouble with luggage or Immigration lines. •Departure option•: Enjoy reliable door-to-door service with this private transfer service to Airport. At the designated time, your professional driver will meet you at your hotel and help you with your luggage. Next, all you need to do is relax in air-conditioned comfort inside your private vehicle. Forget trying to organize a taxi or waiting for a shuttle service and worrying about making your flight on time.  All cars are set up with hand sanitizer. Extra hygiene precautions are being taken due to the COVID-19 virus. All vehicles, equipment, and passenger seats are thoroughly disinfected after each trip.

SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World & Madame Tussauds Combo Ticket

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

Enjoy a day full of fun inside Bangkok's massive Siam Paragon shopping mall with this special combo ticket to 2 of its 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.

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What people are saying about Central Thailand

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 14,089 reviews

Mina was an excellent guide. We covered major sight seeing places in Bangkok. And she made it fun with her humour. There was ample time at each of the attractions to hear the stories and take pictures.

Nancy was amazing, very informative. Booked last second and she messaged first thing in the morning which made it easy to meet her.

Brilliant tour by Nancy. Nancy was super nice and gave a wonderful tour of the grand palace. Amazing place to see

Was a great experience, will definitely recommend‼️

Great tour! Noon was super friendly and helpful :)