Join us for a half-day tour of Bangkok that sees guests explore the canals of Thonburi before delving into the past of one of the city’s most famous residents. Finish up by getting above it all at the Mahanakorn skywalk.
The tour starts at noon when our knowledgeable local guide picks guests up from their hotels. The guide is the gatekeeper to Bangkok’s secrets, so mine them for information throughout the trip.
Guests head first to Thonburi on the west bank of the Chao Praya River via a longtail boat. The area is one of the last underdeveloped areas of Bangkok – observe local life here where the canals are used as streets as small boats bob from one house to the next. Soak in the greenery and fresh air – far removed from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Gently drift by a floating market before stopping at Baan Silapin, an intricate, ancient teakwood artist’s house that is now home to a cafe. Here, guests can enjoy a traditional Thai puppet show.
Next, move on via a boat, a BTS ride, and a tuk-tuk to Jim Thompson’s house.
Enjoy a fantastic typical Thai lunch before exploring the museum. Jim Thompson was an American businessman who helped revitalise the Thai silk industry in the mid-20th century. He amassed a collection of Thai artwork and sculptures and housed it all in this magnificent riverside teakwood villa, which now serves as a museum sharing his story.
Jim Thompson is now a popular brand showcasing Thai style through clothing and homeware. Take a look at the museum shop.
The final stop is the Mahanakorn Skywalk, with tickets booked at 4 pm. The observation deck stands at 314 metres high and offers spectacular panoramic views of the city of angels. Stride confidently out onto the suspended glass floor if you’re brave enough, or sit back and relax while admiring the views in the bar with a beer or cocktail.
Guests can either stick around and wait for the beautiful sunset or head back to the hotel at 6 pm.