Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand

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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Points of Interest

  • Grand Palace
  • Temples
  • Chao Phraya River Cruise
  • Wat Po
  • Jim Thompson's House
  • Vimanmek Mansion Museum
  • Ayutthaya
  • Nong Nuch Gardens
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  • Grand Palace

    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.

  • Temples

    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.

  • Wat Po

    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.

  • Ayutthaya

    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.

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Nong Nuch Gardens & Cultural Performance

5 hours | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | LC1-205
  • Nong Nuch Gardens

Discover a tropical paradise when you stroll the lush botanical parkland and exotic animal pavilions of Nong Nuch Village. This popular attraction is home to coconut and mango plantations, elephants, ostriches and monkeys. Enjoy a Thai cultural performance featuring folk music, dances, and displays of Thai kickboxing and perhaps sword fighting.

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Elephant Kraal

4.5 hours | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | LC1-440

Elephants played a crucial role in Thai history - and they play a significant role in modern Thailand. This unique tour takes you on a wild elephant "roundup" as you witness how their mahouts train these mighty beasts for work.

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Sanctuary of Truth

5 hours | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | LC1-230

Gain a greater understanding of Eastern philosophy on this half-day tour of the Sanctuary of Truth. Witness ornate carvings that tell the story of life's relationship with the universe. End your day with world-class shopping.

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Wat Po & Time on Your Own in Bangkok

9.5 hours | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | LC1-180
  • Wat Po

Independent travelers will thrill to Bangkok's exciting cultural and historical sites as they explore Asia's "City of Angels" on their own. First you will witness the grandeur of the Pho Temple, which houses the 3rd largest reclining Buddha image including being considered as the first university of Thailand. Later, ancient temples, exotic sights, fantastic shopping and culinary delights await guests who want the flexibility of following their own itinerary at their own pace.

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Bangkok On Your Own

9.5 hours | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | LC1-185
  • Temples

Independent travelers will thrill to Bangkok's exciting cultural and historical sites as they explore Asia's "City of Angels" on their own. Ancient temples, exotic sights, fantastic shopping and culinary delights await guests who want the flexibility of following their own itinerary at their own pace.

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Pattaya Poolside Retreat

7.5 hours | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | LC1-590

Enjoy a perfect mix of beach time fun and the excitement of Pattaya's famed Walking Street when you spend the day at a relaxing four-star resort, lounging in a chair around the beachside pool, sampling the buffet luncheon brimming with International and local fare, and hitting the streets to bargain for souvenirs.

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Ayutthaya

11 hours | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | LC1-125
  • Ayutthaya

Designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO and an old capital for Thailand from 1351 to 1767, Ayutthaya is a rare historical site and should be on a list of every visitor and historian. Travel back to the time when the city was abounded with foreign traders and affluented with wealth and treasures but finally invaded and burnt down by the enemies. Learn and witness the traces and ruins of the local temples and city has to offer.

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Bangkok's Hidden Treasures with Tuk Tuk Experience

9.5 hours | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | LC1-150
  • Temples
  • Wat Po

Embark on a full-day exploration of Bangkok. Take in such sights as the famed Wat Po temple and its Reclining Buddha image, one of the largest Buddha images in Bangkok, and ride aboard a tuk tuk, a motorized rickshaw. Also enjoy an international buffet and shopping.

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Best of Bangkok

10.5 hours | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | LC1-100
  • Grand Palace
  • Temples
  • Chao Phraya River Cruise

Experience the splendors of Bangkok by both land and water. Visit Wat Trimitr and marvel at its massive gold Buddha. Explore the famed Grand Palace on a guided walk and behold the spectacular Emerald Buddha. Glimpse the Temple of Dawn on a scenic river cruise and enjoy lunch and shopping.

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Grand Overland: Cambodia's Angkor Wat & Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City - Double Accommodations

72 hours | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | LC1-806
  • Temples

Delve into the mythical beauty of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, experience Ho Chi Minh City, and see Bangkok too! Spend two nights at deluxe hotels, explore with English-speaking guides, savor ethnic cuisine, experience exotic culture, and shop for unique souvenirs on this fascinating 3-day Grand Overland Tour.

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Grand Overland: Cambodia's Angkor Wat & Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City - Single Accommodations

72 hours | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | LC1-807
  • Temples

Delve into the mythical beauty of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, experience Ho Chi Minh City, and see Bangkok too! Spend two nights at deluxe hotels, explore with English-speaking guides, savor ethnic cuisine, experience exotic culture, and shop for unique souvenirs on this fascinating 3-day Grand Overland Tour.

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