After the chants, take a walk around Wat Pho and see the vast collection of religious treasures on display. Admire the famed reclining Buddha image, which stretches 45-metres in length. Learn about the symbolism of the Buddha’s intricate footprint and witness devotees making offerings to this revered image.
The tour then continues to the nearby Grand Palace, which has served as the seat of Thailand’s revered Royal family for more than two centuries. Take a walk around the vast grounds, stopping in to explore the various temples, throne halls and museums within the compound. Visit the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddhist image in Thailand, and hear about its mysterious origins.
Take a break at midday for lunch in a riverside restaurant, enjoying delicious Thai food with fabulous views. Then continue onwards to visit Wat Trimitr, on the edge of Chinatown, which houses the world’s largest solid gold Buddha.
Then take a long-tail boat. Move away from the high rises of the city and venture through the quiet canals upon which the city was built. Catch glimpses of the olden days, passing by charming neighborhoods built on the water’s edge.
Return to the main waterway, the Chao Phraya River, to visit Wat Arun. Meaning ‘Temple of the Dawn’, this riverside pagoda dates to the 17th century. Wander among the prangs (spires), the largest of which is built to resemble Mount Meru from Hindu mythology. Admire its incredible decoration with ceramic tiles depicting figures of Chinese soldiers and animals.
Following this insightful exploration of Bangkok, return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Accommodations: Pullman Bangkok Hotel G (B/L)