|Day Tour – 23 February 2018|
|Gathering Point||Hotel lobby|
Chao Praya Canal
For hundreds of years, Thai people have been using their boats to travel on the waterways throughout the country, on the many meandering canals and rivers, long before modern roads existed. Local people have been carried things like seasonal crops, rice, live stocks, timbers and much more in their boats of various shapes and sizes.
As of 40 years ago, there were still many Bangkokians living in small rice barges and floating house-rafts tied together on the Chao Praya River and the canals throughout the central part of Thailand. Boats were n essential part of the traditional Thai lifestyle.
Wat Pho Tour
The Wat Pho or “Temple of the Reclining Buddha” is one of Bangkok’s most attractive temples. It is a much visited temple complex due to its location immediately South of the Grand Palace and the huge Reclining Buddha image it houses.
The Wat Pho is the oldest and largest temple complex in Bangkok, it houses more than 1,000 Buddha images which is more than any other Wat in Thailand. Most of the images were brought over from abandoned temples in places as Ayutthaya and Sukhothai by order of King Rama I.
Royal Grand Palace
Part of the greater complex that also encompasses Wat Phra Kew, the Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maharatchawang) is a former royal residence that is today only used on ceremonial occasions. Visitors are allowed to survey the Grand Palace grounds and four of the remaining palace buildings, which are interesting for their royal bombast.
At the eastern end, Borombhiman Hall is a French-inspired structure that served as a residence for Rama VI. Today it can only be viewed through its iron gates. But in April 1981 General San Chitpatima used it as the headquarters for an attempted coup. Amarindra Hall, to the west, was originally a hall of justice but is used for coronation ceremonies; the golden, boat-shaped throne looks considerably more ornate than comfortable.