Just across the Chao Praya River in Bangkok lies the city's secret garden — Bang Kra Jao. Only accessible by boat, you must cross the river on a small ferry to reach this beautiful area full of small villages, temples and tropical flora.
Eastern & Oriental Express
Eastern & Oriental Express, Bangkok, Thailand
Recapturing the elegance and style of the Twenties and Thirties, the Eastern & Oriental Express is Asia's premier luxury train, traveling from Bangkok through the glorious, sweeping countryside of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
Carriages are lavishly appointed with rich, inlaid woods and brass fittings whilst the spacious en suite compartments offer great comfort. Dress-up for a memorable evening in the opulent dining car, enjoying the fine wines and delicious cuisine before retiring to the bar where the tinkling of a piano completes the ambience.
Stops include Georgetown in Penang, as well as the infamous bridge over the River Kwai, the train takes three nights to travel between Bangkok and Singapore, though the journey can be extended with a break in Malaysia en-route.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The Songkran Festival celebrates the New Year. They are colorful and lively celebrations, with music, traditional dance and, of course, water, which symbolically cleanses the body from the sins of the previous year.
You and your guide will walk through the narrow streets to experience many local sights with various food tastings along the way. Try things like ‘kafae boran’, a classic Thai coffee, or the popular Thai dessert, 'Khanom Thua Paep' (mung bean rice crepe).
Jim Thompson's house is a real highlight of any trip to Bangkok. The house itself is beautifully decorated and preserved and provides a fascinating insight into the life of this mysterious man, who set up a huge empire trading in Thai silk before disappearing whilst walking in the Malaysian highlands in 1967.
An early start will get you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual and avoid the crowds who arrive later.
An early start will get you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual. Later you will visit the temple grounds and the famous 45 meter Reclining Buddha, and The Grand Palace, Thailand's most important landmark.