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Erawan National Park + Kanchanaburi 14-Hour Small Group Tour

1. Erawan National Park + Kanchanaburi 14-Hour Small Group Tour

History lovers visiting Thailand will value this opportunity to tour the region of Kanchanaburi in West Thailand. During this memorable day trip from Bangkok, you’ll visit the Death Railway which was put on the map by the 1957 movie, Bridge Over the River Kwai. You’ll begin the day by getting immersed in Thailand’s rich bounty at one of the country’s best-loved national parks, Erawan National Park. Walking trails, running water, and undisturbed wildlife characterize this peaceful area. Erawan Waterfall has seven tiers and a set of limestone caves at its base: you'll forget all about the busy streets of Bangkok. This natural paradise is the perfect place to breathe in the fresh country air. Continue to JEATH Museum, dedicated to the Allied Prisoners of War who died building the Burmese railway. This museum is a sad yet important reminder of Thailand’s history; it’s thought that over 100,000 lives were lost during this period. JEATH is an acronym for the main nationalities involved in the building of the railway: Japanese, English, Australian, American, Thai and Dutch. Finally, you’ll visit the historic Bridge over the River Kwai. You’ll get the chance to walk over the bridge, soak up the impressive scenery, and take a moment to remember the past, before returning to your accommodations/meeting point at approximately 8:00 PM.

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Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Private Tour

2. Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Private Tour

This full-day private tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel and a drive to ElephantsWorld. Learn about this sanctuary for old and rescued elephants, who will spend their remaining years well cared for in a natural environment. Help care for the animals by feeding them, gathering food and bathing them. Around noon, enjoy a buffet lunch before heading out to see the major attractions of Kanchanaburi. Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai, which is part of the infamous Death Railway, built by prisoners during World War II. Continue your tour with a stop at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the final resting place of 6,982 allied prisoners who died during the construction of the railway.

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Bangkok: 4-Hour Chinatown Guided Tour

3. Bangkok: 4-Hour Chinatown Guided Tour

Enjoy a complete walking tour of the best sights, smells and tastes of Bangkok's Chinatown, a food haven and relatively undiscovered part of the city. Start your tour and head out on your journey of discovery of market stalls, street-side restaurants and gold shops. Visit Wat Mang Korn, the most important Chinese-Buddhist temple in Bangkok, and the old house at the Charoen Chai Community, where you will learn the story of the Thai-Chinese residents of the area. Continue to China Gate and Talad Noi, where you can admire panoramic views of the Chao Praya River. Next, make your way to admire the Talad Noi wall art. Get a snap next to the colorful murals and have a chat with the locals before heading to a viewpoint of the Chao Phraya River and Holy Rosary Church.

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From Bangkok: Kanchanaburi Highlights 1-Day Small Group Tour

4. From Bangkok: Kanchanaburi Highlights 1-Day Small Group Tour

Learn about the construction of the Burma Railway, also known as the “Death Railway,” on this 10-hour historical tour to Kanchanaburi, approximately 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Bangkok. Upon arrival, you will tour the well-kept War Cemetery, where the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers are tended. They perished while constructing the notorious "Death Railway,” which the Japanese had hoped would stretch all the way to the Burmese border. Uncover the terrible history of the railway at the JEATH Museum, which takes its name from the first letters of the words Japan, England, America/Australia, Thailand and Holland. See the past recreated and relived with pictures and artefacts. You will also ride a train along the original Death Railway track, with a sumptuous lunch awaiting at the disembarkation station. Return to Bangkok in the late afternoon for your hotel drop-off.

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Bangkok: 2-Hour Wat Arun, Royal Barge & Longtail Boat Tour

5. Bangkok: 2-Hour Wat Arun, Royal Barge & Longtail Boat Tour

Enjoy a 2-hour tail boat journey in Bangkok. Meet your guide at Tha Maharaj Shopping mall and visit the old city of Thonburi, an independent province until it was merged with Bangkok in 1971. Many of the traditional small waterways and klongs still exist there. Experience the local way of living, rarely seen from the other side of town. Make your last stop at Wat Arun, known as The Temple of Dawn due to the beautiful reflections of the sun in the glazed ceramic tiles. Marvel at the beauty of one of the most important temples of Thailand's history. See the central prang, a stupa-like pagoda decorated with colorful glazed porcelain tiles and seashells, giant statues, the Ordination Hall, the Bell Tower, and many Buddha statues that have been there for hundreds of years. At the end of the journey, transfer back to Maharaj pier and continue your evening in Bangkok.

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Bangkok: Blue Elephant Thai Cooking Class

6. Bangkok: Blue Elephant Thai Cooking Class

Spice things up and experience Thai culture through its vibrant culinary scene. After meeting at Blue Elephant, a renowned Bangkok establishment recognized by the Michelin Guide, you’ll head out to the marketplace to pick up supplies for the day (in the case of the morning class), or get straight to business in the afternoon class.  Your day begins with a theory class, in which your passionate instructor will explain the ingredients and techniques behind Thai cooking, complete with a thorough demonstration of the recipes you’ll be making. After the theory portion, don your apron and head to your station, complete with all the ingredients you’ll need, utensils, a burner, and a wok.  With the guidance of acclaimed chefs, prepare your 4- or 5-course meal to perfection. Afterwards, savor the food you’ve prepared in the historic, century-old restaurant. To cap things off, you’ll take home a culinary certificate, as well as recipes for all the dishes you’ve created so you can recreate the gems of Thai cuisine at home.

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Bangkok: Instagram Spots & Half-Day Temples Tour

7. Bangkok: Instagram Spots & Half-Day Temples Tour

Enjoy the perfect solution to explore the Thai capital for those with limited time. During this half-day tour from 8:30 AM-1:30 PM, stop at the following decadent temple sites and learn the fascinating stories behind them while taking photos at these must-visit spots. Start off with Wat Pho, otherwise known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, which is one of the largest and most impressive temple sights in Bangkok. Marvel at the 150-foot Buddha statue made entirely of gold leaf before exploring the attractive grounds. An endless sea of mosaic stupas make Wat Pho quite unlike other temples in the capital. Continue with Wat Arun, the number one landmark in Thailand. This religious complex, also called the Temple of Dawn, is known for its dreamy white spires that can be seen for miles around. The best way to reach it is by hopping on a riverboat from Wat Pho, giving you the chance to soak up the scenery as you travel between the two. Finally, visit Wat Saket or the Golden Mountain, one of the most important religious pilgrimage sights in Thailand. This hillside temple features a gleaming gold chedi that is thought to contain a relic from the Buddha himself. It can be traced back to the Ayutthaya period, meaning it could be up to 800 years old.

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Ayutthaya Evening Tuk Tuk Temples Tour From Bangkok

8. Ayutthaya Evening Tuk Tuk Temples Tour From Bangkok

On this tuk tuk tour, experience the city at night to see the lit up temples of Ayutthaya. The first stop is just in time for dinner as you will get to experience the local night market and explore different Thai dishes! Afterwards, start your journey to the 3 significant temples of Ayutthaya. The first temple on the itinerary is Wat Phra Si Sanphet, which was the holiest temple on the site of the old Royal Palace in Thailand's ancient capital of Ayutthaya until the city was completely destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. It was the grandest and most beautiful temple in the capital and it served as a model for Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok. Then, visit Wat Ratchaburana, which was founded in 1424 by King Borommarachathirat II of the Ayutthaya Kingdom and built on the cremation site of his two elder brothers. The two brothers had fought to their deaths in a duel for the royal succession to their father Intha Racha. In 1957, the temple's crypt was looted of a large number of Buddha images and gold artifacts. The thieves were later caught, but few of the treasures were recovered. Enjoy the last stop at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, which is a Buddhist temple in the city of Ayutthaya Historical Park located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, outside Ayutthaya island. It is one of Ayutthaya's best-known temples and a major tourist attraction. The tour will end with a transfer back to your hotel in Bangkok with a unique memory from your time in Thailand. 

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From Bangkok: Kanchanaburi Tour with Floating Market Visit

9. From Bangkok: Kanchanaburi Tour with Floating Market Visit

Enjoy a private day trip to visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the highlights of Kanchanaburi province in western Thailand in just one day. Start your tour with pick-up from your hotel in Bangkok at 8:00 AM. Travel to Wat Bang Kung, a temple covered by trees, and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market by an air-conditioned vehicle. Visit the most famous and original floating market in Thailand, where the villagers sell their fruit and food products on their paddle boats. Take a private boat tour to enter the floating market. Along the way, you will be able to see the farms and traditional Thai-style houses along the canal. Afterward, transfer to Kanchanaburi province where you will have an optional Thai Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the bridge over the River Kwai, built by prisoners of war. Learn the history of WWII, and how the bridge and the railway were constructed.  Visit Krasae Cave and board the train from Krasae cave station to Tha-Kilen station (about 30 minutes). After your tour has ended, you will return to your hotel in Bangkok at around 7:00 PM.

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From Bangkok: 3-Day Private Tour to Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai

10. From Bangkok: 3-Day Private Tour to Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai

Day 1 - Bangkok, Ayutthaya & Nakornsawan Pickup from your hotel in Bangkok and head to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital. Stop by Bang Pa In, known as the Summer Palace, built in 1632. Explore the many stunning buildings with a long heritage in the area. You will then visit the Mahathat Temple. The highlight is the Buddha's head, which is covered with tree roots.  After Mahathat Temple head for lunch in the local restaurant. After lunch, board a boat to go around Ayutthaya island. Enjoy the views and see local life along the river. Next, you will depart Ayutthaya and head to Nakornsawan province. Visit the Nakornsawan Aquarium also known as Bueng Borapet, the biggest fresh water lake of Thailand. Then enjoy a boat ride to see the wild ducks and birds in the lake area. After a full day of adventure head to the hotel in Nakornsawan province and check in at the hotel, then spend your evening at leisure. Overnight at the Aramis Hotel or equivalent. Day 2 - Sukhothai Check out from the hotel in Nakornsawan and head to Sukhothai. On the way, stop by Kriwong temple, the most remarkable temple in Nakornsawan. Located on the hilltop, it boasts a 360-degree view of the city. Then, visit Pra Buddha Chinnaraj, also known as the The King of Victory. This statue is widely considered the most beautiful Buddha statue in Thailand. Next, visit the Folk Museum to see a collection of old tools, toys and objects from the past.  After the museum, head to a factory to see how images of Buddha are made from brass and bronze. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant nearby. Then head to Sukhothai, and the Sukhothai historical park. Bike around the historical park and take in the stunning views of the historical ruins. Overnight at the Sukhothai Treasure Resort & Spa or equivalent.  Day 3 - Chiang Mai Checkout from hotel in Sukhothai. Stop by Srisatchanalai, another beautiful historical site. See the old pagodas and a sitting buddha that dates back to 1250. Then, head to Lampang to visit Phra Suthon Momngkol Kiri, the largest Burmese-style reclining Buddha in Thailand. Visit the local market called Baan Ta Market or Kard Ban Ta to see how locals in Lampang spend their day. Try local delicacies and snacks. The journey ends in Chiang Mai, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Bangkok

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 34 reviews

The highlight of the trip was definitely the visit to the Erawan falls! There were 7 tiers in total within the park, and each required a short hike. Of course the higher the tier, the more difficult to climb up but in general, a relatively easy and very worth it of a hike! Would recommend shoes to hike in but don’t forget to bring your bathing suit if you wish to immerse yourself in the falls! There are life vests available for rent as well, for your own safety. To sun it up, I loved this part of the trip most and would definitely recommend!

On a solo adventure, but was treated like royalty. The journey was long, but the driver was very engaging. The staff was great (can't remember the names...sorry) but they made sure I didn't act too shy, and pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I trusted these large playfully animals. Worth it for this lifetime experience. Food was delicious and the care for these creatures is amazing.

Great food an instructor. Went to market and her food knowledge was amazing, answered all my questions. The pace was perfect, and after minor adjustments, spice levels were toned down for me. Instructor also gave alternative ingredients in case they were not to be found in the states. Had more than enough leftovers for a great dinner the next day. It is well worth it.

Even for people having been living in Bangkok for a while, this tour gives exciting new insights and brings you to new places in Chinatown. I learned interesting as well as funny and bizarre things, could try street food and got some restaurant tipps.

The tour was a wonderful experience. Our guide was knowledgeable and could answer all of our questions. The car was clean and the driver was excellent. Would definitely book another tour from this company.