Thailand is situated in heart of the Southeast Asian mainland – covering a land mass of 513,115 sq. km. Its extreme latitudinal co-ordinates are 20°28’N and 5°36’S, and its extreme longitudinal co-ordinates are 105° 38’ E and 97°22 W. To the north Thailand borders the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and the Union of Myanmar; to the east it borders the Lao PDR and the Kingdom of Cambodia; to the south it borders Malaysia; and to the west it borders the Union of Myanmar. The country’s land-based maximum north-south extent is approximately 1,600 km, and its maximum east-west extent measures approximately 870 km. The country’s coastline along the Gulf of Thailand is 1,875 km. long, compared to 740 km along the Andaman Sea; not included are the coastlines of some 400 islands, most of them in the Andaman Sea.

About BANGKOK CITY

Bangkok (English pronunciation: /ˈbæŋkɒk/) is the capital and the most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (กรุงเทพมหานคร, pronounced  [krūŋ tʰêːp mahǎː nákʰɔ̄ːn] ( )) or simply  Krung Thep . The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand, and has a population of over eight million, or 12.

Tips for Tourists

Do’s and Don’t in Thailand

The Monarchy: Thai people have a deep, traditional reverence for the Royal Family, and a visitor should show respect for the King, the Queen and the Royal Family.

Religion: Visitors should dress neatly in all religious shrines. They should never go sleeveless or in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable attire. It is acceptable to wear shoes when walking around the compound of a Buddhist temple, but not inside the chapel where the principle Buddha image is kept.

Each Buddha image, large or small, ruined or not, is regarded as a sacred object. Never climb onto one to take a photograph or do anything which might indicate a lack of respect. Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by a woman, or to accept anything from the hand of one. If a woman has to accept anything to monk, she first hands it to a woman, who then presents it.

Social Norms:

Thais don’t normally shake hands when they greet one another, but instead press the palms together in a prayer-like gesture called a wai. Generally a younger person wais an elder, who returns it.

Thais regard the head as the highest part of the body, literally and figuratively. Therefore, avoid touching people on the head.

Do not use your fee to point at people or an object. It is considered very rude.

Always remove your shoes when entering a private Thai home.

Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon in Thailand.

Special Advice:

  • Beware of unauthorized people who offer their services as guides. For all tourist information, contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tel : 1672. For information about Bangkok, contact the Bangkok Metropolitan Tourist Bureau, Tel : 0 2225 7612-4.
  • Observe all normal precautions as regards to personal safety, as well as the safety for your belongings. Walking alone on quiet streets or deserted areas is not recommended. Be sure that all your valuables — money, jewelry, and airline tickets are properly protected from loss. Visitors needing assistance relating to safety, unethical practices, or other matters, please call the Tourist Police at Tel: 1155.
  • Always throw away your garbage into a waste bin. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is strictly enforcing the law in to keep the city clean and sanitary. Fines will be imposed on persons who litters in public areas.
  • Penalties for drug offences are very severe in Thailand.
  • Do not support any manner of wild animal abuse. Never purchase any products or souvenirs made from wild animals or reptiles — like snakes, lizards, turtles or elephants. Avoid patronizing local restaurants that serve wild animal delicacies. It is against the law is slaughter wildlife for food in Thailand.

Tours and Activities

  • Bangkok Tour Activities

    Bangkok (English pronunciation: /ˈbæŋkɒk/) is the capital and the most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (กรุงเทพมหานคร, pronounced  [krūŋ tʰêːp mahǎː nákʰɔ̄ːn] ( )) or simply  Krung Thep . The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand, and has a population of over eight million, or 12.

    Ancient City - Private Tour

    Ancient City bkkThe vision of Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphant, the Ancient City features scale models of some of Thailand’s outstanding architectural gems from its earliest times through to the current era. Here and there a genuine period building has been reassembled amongst the reproductions. Everything has been assembled on a layout that resembles the outline of the map of current day Thailand, with the exhibits placed in the location as they would appear on the map. At a ratio of 1:3, the models are quite grand, and some are complete reproductions of buildings that either no longer exist or lie in a ruined state. Examples cover all periods of history and their distinct styles, and all the regions. Here and there small examples of traditional domestic architecture are found such as a scaled down market town – where the arts and crafts and regional foods can be seen being prepared and for purchase. For the visitor short on time, Ancient City provides an introduction to Thailand within an afternoon.Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, local guide, entrance to The Ancient City.

    Bangkok Sky Buffet Lunch And Observation Deck

    bkk_baiyoke_sky_bldgFor those with a head for heights, a buffet lunch featuring Asian and Western foods is served at the Bangkok Sky Restaurant on the 76th and 78th floor of the Baiyoke Sky hotel, the tallest building in Thailand. Entrance is included to the Observation Deck, which is sandwiched between the restaurant on the 77th floor, as well as the revolving Open-Air Roof Deck on the 84th floor. This affords an alfresco view of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river, wending its way to the Gulf of Thailand.International buffet lunch at Bangkok Sky Restaurant, entrance to Observation Deck and Open-Air Roof Deck.

    Calypso Cabaret Show

    claypsoThe transvestite cabaret show has been a fixture on the entertainment scene in Bangkok for several years. Calypso has been razzle-dazzling since 1987 and remains a favourite, with changing routines to keep things fresh. Whilst the show changes from time to time, there is a basic formula that guarantees there will be traditional songs included in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, some high-camp western ballads, a little Thai culture and anything that demands feather boas and over-the-top outfits a la Carmen Miranda. Kaleidoscopic colours and glamour emanate from the stage, whilst the humour and cheekiness is never offensive. The performance is suitable and entertaining for all ages. Entrance includes a soft drink.

    Chaophraya Dinner Cruise

    chao phrayaYou will be welcomed aboard the White Orchid River Cruise at River City pier with a fruit cocktail drink. Set sail along the Chao Phraya River, also known as the River of Kings, to Rama VIII Bridge. View the city by night from a riverside aspect and have a unique opportunity to take snapshots of the illuminated prang of Wat Arun on the Thonburi bank of the river. On the opposite bank in Bangkok you will see the glittering Grand Palace and the holy temple of Wat Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha) in all its night-time finery. Enjoy a buffet dinner with a selection of Thai and Western dishes. Take the dance floor if you please, to the accompaniment of the live band, or relax on the open-air deck in the evening breeze. We expect to return to River City Pier just before 22:00.

    City and Temple Tour

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    A tour of historic and modern Krung Thep, or ‘City of Angels’ as Bangkok is known to the Thai people. The programme includes a visit to Wat Jetuphon (better known as Wat Pho), the oldest of the city temples situated opposite the Grand Palace. The temple is renowned as Thailand’s oldest university and there are instructive murals illustrating the finer points of Thai massage which is still taught and practised here. The highlight is the 46 metre long and 15 metre high statue of a reclining Buddha. Also included is a visit to Wat Traimitr, located near to Bangkok’s main railway station. The temple houses a 5.5 tonne gold Buddha, which was discovered when it’s plaster casing broke whilst being transported to its new home from the port area. The tour terminates via a visit to a jewelry retailer.Round trip transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, English speaking guide, entrance to Wat Po and Wat Traimitr, and visit to a jewelry shop.

    Damnernsaduak Floating Market

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    An excursion to the colourful floating market of Damnernsaduak.Depart to Ratchaburi province, for the village of Damnernsaduak, about 110km from Bangkok, then on to Damnernsaduak, surrounded by a network of khlongs (canals) that radiate out into the orchards and gardens in the surrounding countryside. Daily, local farmers gather fruits, vegetables and prepared dishes and trade them along the canals to the drop off point at the market wharf. Seasonal fruits on offer include mango, jackfruit, rambutan, the notoriously pungent durian and many more. Optional boat hire is available at the market wharf to explore the narrow canals. Further optional visits include a Snake Farm, an Elephant ride, and the Royal Thai Handicrafts workshop. On return to Bangkok the tour terminates via a visit to the Jewellery Shop.Pick up at accommodation where available, transportation via coach, English speaking guide, visit to Damnernsaduak floating market and visit to a Jewellery Shop.

    Dreamworld with Lunch

    dream bangkokTravelling with the kids? A day out to Dreamworld should keep all members of the family entertained. This permanent fairground lies just to the north of the city. Enter through Dreamland Plaza, a village of exotic European architecture. Tour the Dream Garden via sightseeing train, cable car and bicycle boat. Replicas of famous buildings, for e.g. the Pyramids and Angkor Wat are on display. Fantasy Land introduces some of the gentler rides and games. Adventure Land is where the serious thrills are to be found. Dare you ride the hanging coaster? Or plunge deep inside the space mountain on a high-speed train? Or take a trip on the flying carpet? There are also some rides suitable for younger kids such as the bump boat, the battery car, the monorail and the bumper cars. An optional extra is Snow Town – the only place in Thailand where you can build snowmen or take a sleigh ride. Pick up at accommodation where available, transportation via coach, English speaking assistance, entrance to Dreamworld, local lunch.

    Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

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    Your chance to meet your favourite celebrities closer than ever. As the world’s second largest attraction operator with highly acclaimed brands like Sea Life, Legoland, and London Eye, Merlin Entertainments Group brings to Thailand the world’s favourite wax museum “Madame Tussauds Bangkok” the first in Southeast Asia. Over a period of Some 250 years, the world has turned to Madame Tussauds as a barometer of fame because only the most celebrated personalities of the world are chosen to have their wax figure likeness crafted. Michael Jackson, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Steven Gerards, Jim Carrie, Jackie Chan, Madonna, Nicole Kidman, and many more. Here, at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, you can also get to know more about Thailand’s celebrites as well as the Royal Family. Entrance to Madame Tussauds Bangkok.

    Night Safari

    night sfariAs the hot sun sets and the forest gets dark and cool, many creatures of the night emerge from their daytime homes and lurk around the shadows of tall trees and bushes of the forest.Khao Kheaw Open Zoo is located in the Khao Kheaw – Khao Chom Poo Wildlife Sanctuary. The Open Zoo was established in June 1978 and covers a total area of 2,000 acres encompassing around 8,000 animals and 300 species including bears, elephants, buffaloes, monkeys and snakes. The key attraction is the huge aviary. This structure covers over 100 acres and houses more than 100 different kinds of birds. The zoo is open plan, meaning the animals roam freely without fences, enabling visitors to get close and personal with them. There are twelve themed zones, including Africa, Cats Complex, Walk Through Aviary, Penguin Park and much more, there’s plenty to occupy a day with nature discovery and picnics. During this night safari tour take a guided auto-tram around the premises to watch out for nocturnal creatures.Pick-up at accommodation where available, transfer by minivan, entrance fee to Khao Kheaw Open Zoo, and ticket for show.

    Oasis Pampering

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    Rejuvenate your stressful day with the ultimate beauty treatment at Bangkok Oasis Spa.Experience Thailand’s renowned deluxe day spa in Bangkok at Oasis Spa by this 2 hours 30 minutes Oasis Pampering package. Bangkok Oasis Spa is a unique blend of pleasing sights, soothing sounds and satisfying sensations. To achieve the optimal spa experience, Oasis Spa uses genuinely effective treatments, authentic Thai herbs, the best equipment and most beneficial products from recognized industry leaders like Biodroga and Pevonia. This Oasis Pampering therapy takes you to a new level of delight for 2 hours 30 minutes. After the skin is exfoliated with a body scrub using the product of your choice, you will revel in the delicious sensations of a full-body Aromatherapy Hot Oil Massage. Once your body feels young and alive, your face is pampered with a Thai Facial, the ultimate beauty treatment. 2 hours 30 minute: Body Scrub, Aromatherapy Hot Oil Massage, and Oasis Royal Thai Facial

    Private Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In Summer Palace

    Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In Summer PalaceAn excursion to the former royal capital of Ayutthaya and the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace.You will visit the ruins of Ayutthaya and the restored Summer Palace. Phra Nakorn Sri Ayutthaya served as the Siamese capital from 1350-1767. It had been one of the most splendid cities of the Orient and was sacked by Burmese invaders and abandoned by the Siamese, who re-established themselves first at Thonburi and then at Bangkok. Then, you will visit the Historical Park to view the still impressive ruins of Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Wat Panan Cheon and the distinctive triple chedis of Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. Also visit the Summer Palace at Bang Pa-In, about 10 km south of Ayutthaya. Some of the earlier kings used this area as a summer retreat, but the present buildings date mainly from the 19th century when the habit of residing there was revived. There are examples of European and Chinese architectural styles, as well as the Thai pavillion of Phra Thinang Aisawan Thippaya-art.Pick up at hotel, transportation, local guide, entrance to Ayutthaya historical park and Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, Thai lunch.

    Safari World with Lunch

    Safari World with LunchA fun filled day out to Thailand’s premier Safari Park.Safari World is Thailand’s most popular open zoo and show park. Covering over 200 acres, Safari World is made up of a Safari Park and a Marine Park, and offers a great variety of fun and entertainment for visitors of all ages and nationalities. A drive through the 100 acre Safari Park presents a unique opportunity for you to experience a close enounter with rare and endangered species. The feeding show allows you to get close to fearsome predators such as lions, tigers and bears. Marine Park plays host to a vast spectrum of animals from land, sea and air and is the setting for eight amazing world-class shows ranging from live action stunt spectaculars to performances by animals, including a dolphin show. An optional extra is the Jungle Cruise, a fun-filled water flume ride through uncharted terittory, in a land inhabited by headhunters, gorillas and hungry crocodiles.The tour terminate at the hotel via Jewellery factory.Pick up at accommodation where available, transportation via coach, English speaking assistance, entrance to Safari World, local lunch Jewellery Factory.Duration of tour: 10 hours

  • Underwater World Pattaya Beach

    Underwater World ptaVisit Underwater World to explore the realms of the oceans.The first stop is the Touch Pool, which allows visitors to interact with the marine animals. Our touch pool displays a selection of animals found in rock pools and coastal areas around Thailand. The soft body of a sea cucumber, the sticky tube feet of a starfish and the spiny shell of a lobster tell you something about their habitat and behavior. The Reef Tank recreates a coral community whilst the most popular draw is the shark and ray tunnel featuring examples of these related and graceful species. Safely contained in strong aquaria, we also have some species you would not like to come into contact with – the deadly stonefish or the toxic fugu. On the way back to the hotel stop by the Jewellery manufacturers.Round-trip hotel transfer by air-conditioned vehicle, entrance to Underwater World.

    Coral Islands Excursion Pattaya

    Coral Islands ExcursionA half-day trip to Pattaya’s Coral Island.Duration of tour: 5 hours

    Pick up from hotels in Pattaya for transfer to the pier. Pattaya is well known for its variety of leisure activities, particularly its opportunities for watersports. Offshore there are several tropical islands, fringed with palms and surrounded by sparkling sea. This excursion takes us to the largest of the islands, Koh Lan. On the way a stop will be made for the optional extra purchase of a paragliding or seawalking activity (taken at the clients own risk and discretion). On arrival at Koh Lan there is free time to relax on the beach or purchase other optional activities (taken at the clients own risk and discretion). Return by boat to Pattaya for lunch at the restaurant. On the way back to the hotel stop by the Jewellery manufacturers.Round-trip hotel transfer by air-conditioned vehicle, English speaking assistance, return boat transfer to Koh Lan, lunch.

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