Depart the hotel at 8am to explore two of Bangkok’s most significant, and one of its lesser known, cultural sites. The early start ensures the opportunity to witness Wat Pho’s monks gather for their morning chant – these mantras are used for both learning and demonstrating devotion to Buddhist teachings. After, explore Wat Pho’s spiritual grounds, including the gilded 45-meter reclining Buddha.
Next up is the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most famous site. Do be prepared for crowds as tourists can clog the grounds during the day. Our expert local guides will find quiet areas to relay the palace’s religious and royal significance. The Grand Palace has been the seat of the Thai monarchy for more than two centuries, and houses a number of halls, temples and museums. Within the grounds is the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most revered relic.
After a busy morning, it’s time to sit down and relax with lunch at a restaurant along the Chao Phraya River, overlooking Wat Arun across the water.
Finish the day with a visit to Wat Hua Lampong, popular among locals, but rarely visited by tourists. The temple offers a carnival-like atmosphere for making merit. You can light candles and float them around a makeshift river, sign little bells, be blessed by a monk, and donate to the Coffin Temple. The trip will end around 2pm.