Bangkok

A captivating blend of the ancient and the ultra-modern

A captivating blend of the ancient and the ultra-modern, Bangkok is the perfect introduction to Thailand. Expect a city where neon-lit streets merge into historic neighbourhoods; where megamalls rub shoulders with fantastical temples; and where a laid-back atmosphere is complemented by a sizzling nightlife.

Despite being a hub of commerce, Bangkok hasn’t abandoned its traditions. You can soak up some culture by spending a morning at the Grand Palace, a magnificent complex filled with statues, murals, multi-tiered roofs and the revered Emerald Buddha.

The nearby Wat Pho is sanctuary to the largest reclining image of Buddha in the world, whilst the spectacular Wat Arun (The Temple of the Dawn) is considered one of the most beautiful temples in the country.

From tiny side-street stalls serving local specialities for just a few pence to world-class restaurants that offer exquisite fine-dining, delicious food can be found all over the city. For those who love to shop, you will be spoilt for choice with Bangkok’s array of chic boutiques, bustling local markets and huge modern malls.

Away from the tuk-tuks and taxis that dominate the streets of central Bangkok, you’ll find a more relaxed way to travel on the river. Enjoy the ease of a private longtail boat that will take you through an ancient network of canals known as ‘klongs’ which give the city its nickname ‘Venice of the East.

For those who want a glimpse into rural life, venture beyond the city to explore quaint villages and vibrant local markets. You can also visit Ayutthaya, an ancient capital filled with UNESCO-listed relics leftover from the Kingdom of Siam.

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  • Although we bothered Lydia on several occasions over small matters, she was always patient and very helpful. The whole organisation from Heathrow and back was seamless and first class. Game watching on this trip surpassed all that we had seen before in the one trip. Our thanks to Ultimate yet again

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    Colin & Wendy Crawford October 2013