Get an early start to the day with 7am pickup at your Bangkok hotel, so you can reach the Damnoen Saduak floating market at its most vibrant, as vendors from around the country sell colorful wares from small boats. Snap photos of fresh fruits and vegetables, browse waterside shops for souvenirs, or opt for a ride on a row boat (own expense) to see the market from water level.
Return to Bangkok to visit the Grand Palace, the former home of the Kings and Queens of Siam. Follow in the footsteps of royalty as you tour the palace complex, where a Coronation Hall, Temple, and courts were perfectly preserved after the abolition of absolute monarchy in 1932. The palace’s distinctive stepped roofs are considered one of the country’s most exquisite examples of Siamese-style architecture.
Continue on foot to Wat Pho, an easy, 10-minute walk from the Grand Palace. The historic temple is also called the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, for the 151-foot (46-mt.), gold-sheathed Buddha that’s found inside. Visit interior temples or light a stick on incense by the Buddha, then walk down a hall of golden Buddhas that line the cloister.
This tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.