Laem Chabang is your gateway to Bangkok. This enchanting city on the Chao Phraya River is a magical place where graceful dancers perform in shimmering silk gowns, temples with gold-leaf spires harbor priceless Buddhas and riverboats cruise a maze of canals. The only nation in Southeast Asia to escape colonial rule, Thailand offers a rich and ancient culture that flowered unhindered by Western influence. Proud and strongly nationalistic, the Thai people call their nation Muang Thai - "Land of the Free."
Founded in 1782 by King Rama I, Bangkok is home to more than eight million people. The capital's proper name is Krung Thep - the "City of Angels."
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Bangkok's most famed landmark, this grand royal complex sits on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The former residence of the royal Siamese court, it's a masterful example of architectural design.
Admire striking temples such as Wat Phra Kaeo (known for its Emerald Buddha), Wat Po (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha) and Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn).
Chao Phraya River Cruise
Dubbed "Venice of the East," float along Bangkok's canals for a majestic view of the city's vibrant shoreline. Glimpse Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn and Phra Prang, a 260-foot high pagoda.
The oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Temple of the Reclining Buddha houses the third largest most awe-inspiring Buddha in Thailand as well as more than one thousand Buddha images.
Jim Thompson's House
Discover an array of South East Asian artifacts at the former residence of American entrepreneur Jim Thompson, then immerse yourself in Thai culture within Vimanmek Mansion, the world's largest teakwood building.
Vimanmek Mansion Museum
Visit the world's largest teakwood building, a restored former palace commemorating King Rama V and displaying everything from ancient artifacts of Thailand to his personal photographs and art.
The former capital of the Siamese kingdom, this Thai city feature several temples, palaces and museums as well as a UNESCO-designated historical park filled with ancient ruins.
Nong Nuch Gardens
Give your camera a workout in this enchanting botanical park, which features trained elephants and some tigers (for photos only). Enjoy a presentation of traditional music, various Thai dances and more.
Experience Bangkok's cultural and spiritual side beginning with a visit to the magnificent Temple of the Golden Buddha followed by a walking tour of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo, one of Buddhism's most magnificent monasteries; and finally, embark on a leisurely cruise down the Chao Phraya River.
Embark on a priceless cultural encounter with a tour of the Pattaya Orphanage or the Children's Home Foundation Pattaya! Learn how the foundation helps orphans by providing lodging, food and education services. Feel free to sponsor a meal, make a food donation or contribute school supplies or toys.
Witness the splendor of the original island city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit pagodas, palaces, and grand temples graced with rows of enigmatic stone Buddhas and see a tree whose roots have grown around a sculpture of Buddha's head.
Get to know Bangkok's fascinating sites such as Wat Po, home to more than 1,000 Buddha images and Wat Suthat, famed for its impressive bronze Buddha. Then, travel like a local in a tuk-tuk and catch a glimpse of the Golden Stupa Mountain Temple, Bangkok's highest temple.
Explore Bangkok at your own pace on a leisurely tour that begins with a visit to the awe-inspiring Wat Po. After a transfer to the Asia Hotel in Bangkok which provides easy access to taxis, skytrain, river cruises, shops and restaurants, you're free to enjoy independent sightseeing and shopping.
Get to know Bangkok on your own independent sightseeing tour. You might choose to stroll the ornate and elaborate courtyards of the Grand Palace, marvel at the stunning Emerald Buddha in the Wat Phra Kaeo or escape the city streets on a Chao Phraya River cruise.
Escape to the Sanctuary of Truth, Thailand's largest wooden museum. Held together only with wooden pegs, it's a hand-carved testament to the skills of Thai craftsmen. A visit to Royal Garden Plaza, a vibrant complex with a variety of boutiques, restaurants and souvenir shops ends your day in Pattaya City.
Indulge your senses with a rejuvenating and memorable aromatherapy massage or a foot massage at the Health Land Pattaya. Fully relaxed, you'll feast on lunch at the Wave Hotel then sunbathe or rest on a beach chair in the sun and by the hotels pool before transferinfg to the ship.
Get a taste of Thailand's culinary culture with a cooking lesson at the 4-star Bayshore Resort & Spa. Visit the garden and pick herbs and vegetables then watch the resort's talented and knowledgeable chef demonstrate how to prepare a delicious meal. Then sit down and enjoy your handmade lunch.
Get up close and personal with elephants while surrounded by breathtaking beauty at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary where you'll learn about the Asian elephant from knowledgeable staff members. Prepare their food and feed them and witness rescued elephants forage, roam, play and bathe in a nearby water pool.
Take off on a day of fun in the sun at a 4-star resort in Pattaya, known as the "Hawaii of the East." Take a swim in the beachside pool or garden pool, stroll along the small shopping area and enjoy international and local cuisine at the ample lunch buffet.