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Sampran Riverside Thai Village Cultural Show

Escape Bangkok for a day on this memorable excursion which showcases rural landscapes and lush scenery on the Nakhon Chaisri River. Sampran Riverside is the perfect location for discovering some of Thailand’s oldest and most revered traditions. The Sampran Riverside is home to the long-running Thai Village Cultural Show where visitors can connect with nature and experience a wide variety of cultural architecture, costumes, and demonstrations.

The Sampran Riverside has been the peaceful setting of the Thai Village Cultural Show over the past four decades and has received the Award for Excellence as Best Recreational Tourist Attraction from the Tourism Authority of Thailand in 1996, and again in 2008.

Customer feedback – “We went to a nice show where many parts of Thai culture were highlighted, like music, dance, drums, martial arts, and elephants. There was of course a chance to do shopping.”

Enjoy the unique and unforgettable experiences on offer at the Thai Village Cultural Show, including sword fighting, dancing and Muay Thai boxing. The demonstrations are presented by an impressive cast of performers who portray entertaining scenes from life in rural Thailand.

Some of the attractions you can experience during the Sampran Riverside Thai Village Cultural Show:

  • The Nagee Saran and Harvest Dance.
  • Glong Sabatchai Victory Drums and Sword-fighting demonstration.
  • Thai Wedding ceremony.
  • Traditional Dance of the 4 Regions of Thailand.
  • Muay Thai – The Ancient Art of Self-Defense and Krabee-Krabong Pole-fighting demonstration.
  • Riverside scenery and beautiful gardens.
  • Local farm and Farmer’s Market.
  • Thai Art and Craft Workshops.
  • Thai restaurant with savory menu items.

Customer feedback – “What an incredible place. Can be combined with another half day tour but I recommend a full day there because there is so much to see and do.”

Get an up close look at colorful and authentic Thai costumes while you visit a local farm, market, and wooden home that have been built to illustrate the way of life for people in the different regions of the country. Learn about the local arts and crafts of Thai people, from silk weaving to fruit carving you are sure to develop a deeper appreciation for Thai culture while creating fond memories of your visit.

The Sampran Riverside Thai Village Cultural Show tour can be enjoyed on any day of the week.

Admission Price: 600 Baht per person.

Other attractions that can be easily arranged along with a visit to the the Sampran Riverside Thai Village Cultural Show include our Wat Bang Kung and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market tours. Visit this attraction on our Thailand Royal Coast Experience tour.

Things you should be aware of when booking the Sampran Riverside Thai Village Cultural Show tour:

  • Comfortable shoes and clothing are highly recommended.
  • Photography is highly encouraged along every part of this tour.
  • Bring your appetite and your sense of adventure.

Maeklong Railway Market – An authentic fresh goods market set on railway tracks

Thailand is a country in love with shopping and it shows in the several different types of markets you can experience during your visit. The country has shopping malls, floating markets, street markets, night markets, fresh markets, and even markets that sit right in the path of railway trains. The most visited railway market in Thailand, located about 1 hour southwest of Bangkok, is the Maeklong Railway Market and it has been operating for more than one hundred years. A visit to Maeklong Railway Market is a truly unique experience and you are encouraged to capture the magic of this market before it disappears.

The market offers everything you expect a traditional Thai market to have but the Maeklong Railway Market differentiates itself by situating itself on the tracks of a working railway line.

Customer feedback – “When there are no trains around you can easily forget this is actually an operating railway line.”

Walking through the tight spaces of this railway market, shoppers meander at a pace that allows them to fully appreciate the colors and smells of the fresh fruits and vegetables on display. Don’t be surprised when you see many of the sellers dozing off at their stalls as the tropical heat and soft murmurs of the market atmosphere prove powerful enough to lull even the most vigilant. The Maeklong Railway Market is a very relaxed place, that is until the whistle of the approaching train breaks the air of languid leisure and injects the sellers with a renewed purpose.

Market goers hear the train whistle long before they actually see the train. When the whistle and approaching train is heard the sellers start to casually move their goods and shop awnings away from the railway tracks. The action of pulling down umbrellas and drawing back shop awnings has caused this market to also be called Talad Rom Hoop, which, in Thai language, means the closing of umbrellas. When the train does arrive, it is so close that you can reach out and touch it as it passes through the market. Visitors and sellers alike wave to the train’s occupants, providing the perfect moment for a video or picture of this unique market.

Customer feedback – “I liked this market a lot because there was no one here trying to push the usual cheap souvenirs in your face. I was happy enough to see the train coming through the market and to watch the shop owners being so casual about moving their umbrellas and awnings back. It was like they have done it a thousand times before.”

Some of the more unique items you will see, and have the chance to eat, at the Maeklong Railway Market:

  • Huge juicy Pomelos.
  • Fresh Durian.
  • Crunchy Pink Roseapples.
  • There’s also a wide selection of Thai deserts available.
  • An assortment of freshly-prepared foods and sweet drinks.

At the Maeklong Railway Market you will find mainly food for sale. There are some clothing and accessories available but the majority of sellers at this market are selling Thai sweets, fresh meat and seafood, vegetables, fruits and drinks.

The attraction of this market lies in its novelty that is derived from the spectacle of watching market locals scrambling to accommodate a train passing through the midst of their shops and goods.

Customer feedback – “One minute there is a bustling market under umbrellas with stalls scattered everywhere. The next minute a train passes right through the middle of it all, only to turn back into a market a few minutes later. It really was a sight to see and our kids loved it.”

Maeklong Railway Market can be visited any day from 6:20 am until 5:40 pm. The Maeklong Railway Market opening hours match the first and last train arrivals at Maeklong Station. Your private tour guide will ensure that you get down to the railway tracks before a train is scheduled to arrive.

Market Fee: Free of charge.

The Maeklong Railway Market is only a short distance from the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Wat Bang Kung. Both of these sites would make great additions to any visit to Maeklong Railway Market.

Things you should be aware of when visiting the Maeklong Railway Market:

  • Comfortable shoes and clothing are highly recommended.
  • Photography is highly encouraged along every part of this tour.
  • Bring your appetite and your sense of adventure.

Thai Cooking Class with real Thai Mum

Your Thai Guide would like to offer this unique opportunity to learn to cook home style Thai food with Mama Aree. This Thai mother is not a 5-star Michelin chef, nor does she operate a restaurant, but what she does have is more than 40 years experience cooking Thai food for her beloved husband, children, and friends. All of Mama Aree’s ‘customers’ agree that her food is authentic and delicious.

Thai Cooking Class with real Thai Mum includes:Cooking class with real Thai Mum eat what you cook

  • A private, one-on-one cooking class with Mama Aree at her home
  • You pick 3 menu items from the list below that you want to learn to cook
  • You will learn recipes that you can actually go back home and cook
  • You can eat the food that you cook at Mama Aree’s house
  • Mama Aree will teach you everything, from the first chop until the last bite
  • Refreshing cold drinks
  • A visit to the local fresh market (if requested)

Cooking Class with real Thai Mum Menu:Cooking class with real Thai Mum delicious creations

  • Khao Pad – Fried rice with pork or chicken
  • Krapow Moo or Kai – Chicken or pork stir-fried with basil
  • Paneng Curry – Red curry with chicken or pork
  • Gang Keaw Wan – Green curry with chicken or pork
  • Moo Kra Tieam – Garlic and pepper pork
  • Larb – Minced pork or chicken spicy Thai style salad
  • Tom Yum Goong – Hot soup with prawn, chicken or pork
  • Tom Khaa Kai – Chicken coconut soup with herbs
  • Moo Pad Khing – Pork or chicken stir-fried with ginger
  • Moo Ping – Marinated grilled pork
  • Por Piea Dtod – Spring rolls

***Vegetarian Welcome!!***

Please read our price and terms carefully:
Fee for the Thai Cooking Class with Thai Mum is 2,000THB per person. Fee for children under the age of 12 is 1,500THB per person. This price is in addition to guide fees. Mama Aree can speak a little bit of English so your private tour guide will be your personal translator during the cooking class, sharing all of Mama Aree’s kitchen secrets with you.

The Thai Cooking Class with Mama Aree starts and finishes around 1pm-3pm and can easily be combined with other tour programs or attraction that you want to visit in Bangkok.

Please contact us in advance as Mama Aree will open her house for this class by appointment only, from Monday to Saturday.

If you have small children and wish to have them take part with this course please do let us know so we can adjust the course to be more suitable for children.

Please let us know of any food allergies you have when booking this cooking class.

The Thai Cooking Class with Mama Aree must be booked in advance and 100% payment up front is required. All fees for the Thai Cooking Class with Mama Aree are NON-Refundable.

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Chinatown – Eat where 5-star Chefs come to buy, shop where Thailand’s largest wholesalers do business, and visit small corridors of trade that pre-date the founding of Bangkok

Bangkok’s Chinatown has everything for everybody. Whether you are interested to explore the renowned street-side cuisine or discover untold shopping bargains on the vibrant back streets of the city’s oldest community, Chinatown is a destination that should not be missed.

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Regardless of the time of day or night Chinatown is bustling with shoppers, sellers, diners and tourists. Every small road in Chinatown is packed with market stalls, sidewalk restaurants and gold shops. Chinatown has a frenzied vibe of commerce that draws visitors in with its promise of something new and undiscovered around every corner.

Customer feedback – “You can buy everything in Chinatown but we would have never found the little hidden away places in the amount of time we had if it wasn’t for our private tour guide.”

The main road in the Chinatown district is Yaowarat Road, known as the richest road in Thailand because of the number of gold shops along its length. At night, Yaowarat Road transforms into one of the greatest street food locations in the world, for locals and visitors alike.

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Many visitors make it a point to visit Yaowarat Road as well as the Chinese ceremonial gate that marks the entrance to Chinatown. Chinese ceremonial gates are a familiar sight in Chinese communities around the world, and considering Bangkok is home to the world’s largest Chinatown, the China Gate at the western entrance to the area is suitably impressive.

Chinatown is best explored on foot and although it would be impossible to see everything in Chinatown in one day our private tour guide is more than able to point out the highlights of the area and ensure that you find that special something just for you.

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Customer feedback – “Cluttered, chaotic, and a lot of fun. Our tour guide Natt did an amazing job explaining Chinese tea and encouraging us to try many of the Chinese and Thai desserts from the street vendors. So delicious!”

Just a few of the highlights in Chinatown are:

  • China ceremonial gate – Referred to as the ‘head’ of Chinatown’s dragon.
  • Street food – Dumplings, noodles, dim sum, oyster omelets, fresh seafood, seasonal fruits, homemade ice cream.
  • Wat Traimit – Temple of the Golden Buddha.
  • Yawarot Road – Richest road in Thailand and referred to as the ‘body’ of Chinatown’s dragon.
  • Homemade Thai desserts.
  • Sampaeng Market – Largest wholesaler market in Thailand.
  • Chinese tea – Hundreds of varieties.
  • Pahurat (Little India) – Fabric market.
  • Sala Chalermkrung (Khon) Theater.
  • Balanna Plaza – Shoe market.
  • Wat Mongkol Kamalawat – Temple that is referred to as the ‘heart’ of Chinatown’s dragon.
  • Talat Kao – The central market in Chinatown for over a century.

Chinatown can be visited any day of the week. The best time for visiting the markets is all day, from early morning until 4pm. After 4pm many of the sidewalk restaurants begin to set up and by 6pm many roads in Chinatown (especially Yaowarat Road) become massive open air restaurants.

For a truly unique experience plan your visit during major festivals, like Chinese New Year, and you will see Chinatown at its best.

Things you should be aware of when visiting Chinatown:

  • Respectful attire is required if you plan to visit any of the temples in the Chinatown area.
  • Photography is one of the main reasons people visit Chinatown. Some shops may ask that you do not photograph certain items inside their businesses but taking photographs in the markets and on the streets is allowed and encouraged.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Lad Mayom Floating Market – Popular among locals but little known to tourists

One of the more popular things to do in Bangkok, for locals and visitors alike, is visit a floating market. While some of the larger floating markets (Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa) are located outside of Bangkok and provide locals with a one-day trip location on the weekends, there are other riverside markets right in the city that are great for a quick meal or further exploration. Lad Mayom Floating Market, which is set in a relaxing spot in Bangkok’s rural western district, is very popular among locals but little known to tourists. The charm and authenticity of Lad Mayom defines what makes riverside markets such a pleasurable experience.

Customer feedback – “If you’re looking for a floating market in Bangkok to experience, then this is it. It’s a medium sized market on land along a small canal with some boats selling fruits and veggies. Grilled fish & prawn a must try! There really are not many tourists. To be honest, I hope this place stays the way it is now – away from commercial tourism gimmicks and authentically local. I’d definitely come back here!”

Many visitors enjoy the serenity of the market’s location while others are overwhelmed by the market’s colorful atmosphere and outstanding food choices. Your visit to Lad Mayom is sure to please, whether you relish the idea of discovering this ‘hidden’ market resting just below the big city skyline or are excited to explore the many tastes on offer.

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Eating is certainly one of the most popular reasons to visit the Lad Mayom Floating Market. In addition to eating, visitors can shop at stalls overflowing with inexpensive clothing, house decorations, artwork, flowers and plants. Since the largest area of the market rests directly along the riverside, finding a view while taking a rest from your journey is rarely a problem.

Customer feedback – “This is the best floating market in Bangkok. Good for family. l love it.”

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As you stroll through the market, our guide can make food suggestions based on your needs or introduce you to some of the more rare treats that are available.

Some of the more unique items you will see, and have the chance to eat, at the Lad Mayom Floating Market:

  • Pla Pao (ปลาเผา) – Salt-crusted grilled fish.
  • Koong Ob Woonsen (กุ้งอบวุ้นเส้น) If you love shrimp, you’re going to love this.
  • Gai Galae (ไก่กอและ) – Grilled chicken covered in a BBQ sauce made from made from coconut milk and dry chilies.
  • Miniature pineapple from Chiang Rai – Known for its sweet, juicy, and crispy texture.
  • Khao Lam (ข้าวหลาม) – Sticky rice combined with sugar and coconut milk that has been slow roasted inside a stalk of bamboo.

Lad Mayom Floating Market is a pleasure to visit. Although the market can get very busy during meal times, it remains a calm and friendly market where visitors can easily spend an hour or two walking around.

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Customer feedback – “This is not a typical floating market like we see in Thailand – thus you will find few tourists. Which is not a bad thing. The food on offer is amazing, many you can’t easily find in Bangkok. Anything from grilled seafood, colorful desserts, BBQs, noodles and rice, and fruit. Be there early, because by 11am there will be a lot of locals coming out for brunch.”

Lad Mayom Floating Market can be visited Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (Closed on weekdays).

The best way to travel to this bustling market is by boat and we recommend that you consider booking your visit to Lad Mayom Floating Market in addition to either our One Hour Bangkok Canal Tour or Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour.

Things you should be aware of when visiting the Lad Mayom Floating Market:

  • Comfortable shoes and clothing are highly recommended since you will need to climb in and out of boats.
  • Photography is highly encouraged along every part of this tour.
  • Bring your appetite and your sense of adventure.

Bangkok Canal and Thai Puppet Show Tour – Venice of the East. Discover Bangkok’s vanishing canals and watch a Thai traditional puppet show

Going on a tour amid the small canals of the Chao Phraya River appeals to those intrepid travelers wishing to glimpse a place and time that is quickly vanishing from the landscape of modern Bangkok. Our scenic Bangkok Canal and Thai Puppet Show Tour gives our guests the opportunity to experience a peaceful riverside atmosphere and to see a more traditional way of Thai life up close. You will be delighted to discover such a level of tranquility as you drift past enchanting wooden homes on stilts, floating kitchens, Buddhist temples, and small family businesses.

Customer feedback – “Seeing how the people live along the rivers was quite amazing. Seems like we saw more smiling faces on the river than in any of Bangkok’s traffic jams. Our kids, age 6 and 10 really enjoyed the puppet show. Our guide was wonderful, explaining the characters and the story in the puppet show to our kids. A definite recommend.”

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In days long gone, the city of Bangkok had hundreds of small canals, known in Thai as Khlongs, that were used by the local people for transportation, communication, and trade. During this period, many European visitors to Bangkok referred to the city as the “Venice of the East.” This name still rings true today as you see elderly vendors paddling wooden boats up and down the canal selling everything from vegetables and noodles to modern goods like electric fans and radios.

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Today, most of the canals in Bangkok have been filled in and converted into paved roads. However, on the Western bank of the Chao Phraya River, many of these Khlongs still remain and are used every day by the residents of Thonburi.

Customer feedback – “A truly unforgettable journey using a mode of transportation now rarely used.”

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On the Bangkok Canal and Thai Puppet Show Tour you will see for yourself the historical, cultural, and societal impact of canals on the lives of the local people. And, you will be treated to one of Thailands centuries-old art forms, a Thai puppet show known as Hun Lakorn Lek. The performers use life-like puppets, along with limited props and settings to act out scenes from Thai history including comedy, heartfelt love stories, and other themes.

On our private tour of the canals our highly attentive tour guide can accommodate your travel needs as well as make suggestions for visiting places along the riverside.

The Bangkok Canal and Thai Puppet Show Tour can easily become the start to a full day of sightseeing, especially considering that there are many attractions nearby and along the canals.

Viewing the Royal Thai Barge Museum and visiting an Orchid Farm is offered on our Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour, where we explore further into the deep canals of Thonburi.

We also recommend a visit to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), and Lad Mayom Floating Market in addition to any of our Bangkok canal tours. Book a private tour guide with Your Thai Guide to arrange your completely private and custom Bangkok canal tour with any or all of these options.

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Our scenic Bangkok Canal and Thai Puppet Show Tour is a special treat that is not available every day of the week (no shows on Wednesdays). Therefore, last minute bookings can not be taken. Please book this tour at least 2 days in advance so that we can confirm that the Thai Puppet Show troupe is performing on the day of your requested tour.

Puppet Show and Boat fees: 3,200 Baht covers the price of an entire boat for up to 10 visitors on this particular tour. This includes the Thai Puppet Show fee. For 10 or more visitors the price of boat ride and Thai Puppet Show is 500 Baht per person.

Things you should be aware of when embarking on the Bangkok Canal and Thai Puppet Show Tour:

  • Comfortable shoes and clothing are highly recommended since you will need to climb in and out of boats.
  • Photography is highly encouraged along every part of this tour. Some of our previous guests have been professional and aspiring photographers who booked this tour with us so that they could take pictures of life along the canals.

Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour – Venice of the East. Discover Bangkok’s vanishing canals and visit Orchid Farm and Royal Thai Barge Museum

Going on a tour amid the small canals of the Chao Phraya River appeals to those intrepid travelers wishing to glimpse a place and time that is quickly vanishing from the landscape of modern Bangkok. Our scenic Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour gives our guests the opportunity to experience a peaceful riverside atmosphere and to see a more traditional way of Thai life up close. You will be delighted to discover such a level of tranquility as you drift past enchanting wooden homes on stilts, floating kitchens, Buddhist temples, and small family businesses.

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Customer feedback – “The pace was just right. Slow enough for photos and even to see the types of fruit that were growing in the trees along the canal. The colors of the houses, the smells from the kitchens, and the smiles from the locals made this tour so memorable for us.”

In days long gone, the city of Bangkok had hundreds of small canals, known in Thai as Khlongs, that were used by the local people for transportation, communication, and trade. During this period, many European visitors to Bangkok referred to the city as the “Venice of the East.” This name still rings true today as you see elderly vendors paddling wooden boats up and down the canal selling everything from vegetables and noodles to modern goods like electric fans and radios.

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Today, most of the canals in Bangkok have been filled in and converted into paved roads. However, on the Western bank of the Chao Phraya River, many of these Khlongs still remain and are used every day by the residents of Thonburi.

Customer feedback – “A truly unforgettable journey using a mode of transportation now rarely used.”

On the Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour you will explore further into the deep canals of Thonburi area, seeing for yourself the historical, cultural, and societal impact of canals on the lives of the local people. If you are looking to have the most time to explore and the best opportunities for great photographs of this area we highly suggest you book the Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour rather than our One Hour Bangkok Canal Tour.

Customer feedback – “We loved seeing children feeding the fish and then jumping in to swim with them from the wooden docks of their homes. Our guide told us that many of the canal homes have a fish farm under their home and the children always swim with the fish to stay cool in the summer heat.”

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On our private tour of the canals our highly attentive tour guide can accommodate your travel needs as well as make suggestions for visiting places along the riverside.

The Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour can easily become the start to a full day of sightseeing, especially considering that there are many attractions nearby and along the canals. The Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour includes stops at the Royal Thai Barge Museum and a beautiful Orchid Farm.

Attending a traditional Thai puppet show is a rare treat that is offered along with our Bangkok Canal and Thai Puppet Show Tour, which is popular with families traveling with children.

We also recommend a visit to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), and Lad Mayom Floating Market in addition to any of our Bangkok canal tours. Book a private tour guide with Your Thai Guide to arrange your completely private and custom Bangkok canal tour with any or all of these options.

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Our scenic Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour can be enjoyed any day of the week.

Boat fees: 3,200 Baht covers the price of an entire boat for up to 10 visitors on this particular tour. For 10 or more visitors the price of boat ride is 500 Baht per person.

Things you should be aware of when embarking on the Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour:

  • Comfortable shoes and clothing are highly recommended since you will need to climb in and out of boats.
  • Photography is highly encouraged along every part of this tour. Some of our previous guests have been professional and aspiring photographers who booked this tour with us so that they could take pictures of life along the canals.

One Hour Bangkok Canal Tour – Venice of the East. Discover the vibrant life of Bangkok’s vanishing canals

Going on a tour amid the small canals of the Chao Phraya River appeals to those intrepid travelers wishing to glimpse a place and time that is quickly vanishing from the landscape of modern Bangkok. Our scenic One Hour Bangkok Canal Tour gives our guests the opportunity to experience a peaceful riverside atmosphere and to see a more traditional way of Thai life up close. You will be delighted to discover such a level of tranquility as you drift past enchanting wooden homes on stilts, floating kitchens, Buddhist temples, and small family businesses.

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Customer feedback – “The pace was just right. Slow enough for photos and even to see the types of fruit that were growing in the trees along the canal. The colors of the houses, the smells from the kitchens, and the smiles from the locals made this tour so memorable for us.”

In days long gone, the city of Bangkok had hundreds of small canals, known in Thai as Khlongs, that were used by the local people for transportation, communication, and trade. During this period, many European visitors to Bangkok referred to the city as the “Venice of the East.” This name still rings true today as you see elderly vendors paddling wooden boats up and down the canal selling everything from vegetables and noodles to modern goods like electric fans and radios.

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Today, most of the canals in Bangkok have been filled in and converted into paved roads. However, on the Western bank of the Chao Phraya River, many of these Khlongs still remain and are used every day by the residents of Thonburi.

On the One Hour Bangkok Canal Tour you will see for yourself the historical, cultural, and societal impact of canals on the lives of the local people.

Customer feedback – “We loved seeing children feeding the fish and then jumping in to swim with them from the wooden docks of their homes. Our guide told us that many of the canal homes have a fish farm under their home and the children always swim with the fish to stay cool in the summer heat.”

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On our private tour of the canals our highly attentive tour guide can accommodate your travel needs as well as make suggestions for visiting places along the riverside.

The One Hour Bangkok Canal Tour can easily become the start to a full day of sightseeing, especially considering that there are many attractions nearby and along the canals. Viewing the Royal Thai Barge Museum and visiting an Orchid Farm is offered on our Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour, where we explore further into the deep canals of Thonburi.

Customer feedback – “A truly unforgettable journey using a mode of transportation now rarely used.”

Attending a traditional Thai puppet show is a rare treat that is offered along with our Bangkok Canal and Thai Puppet Show Tour. We also recommend a visit to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), and Lad Mayom Floating Market in addition to any of our Bangkok canal tours. Contact us to arrange your completely private and custom Bangkok canal tour with any or all of these options.

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Our scenic One Hour Bangkok Canal Tour can be enjoyed any day of the week.

Boat fees: for 1-2 visitors the price of boat ride is 1,000 Baht per person. For 3-9 visitors the price of boat ride is 3,000 Baht, which covers the cost of an entire boat. For 10 or more visitors the price of boat ride is 500 Baht per person.

Things you should be aware of when embarking on the One Hour Bangkok Canal Tour:

  • Comfortable shoes and clothing are highly recommended since you will need to climb in and out of boats.
  • Photography is highly encouraged along every part of this tour. Some of our previous guests have been professional and aspiring photographers who booked this tour with us so that they could take pictures of life along the canals.

Bangkok National Museum – View the most significant collection of Thai art and artifacts housed in Southeast Asia’s largest museum

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The Bangkok National Museum is the first public museum of Thailand. The museum, which houses the largest collection of Thai art and historical artifacts in the country, was opened in 1874 by King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V) in order to exhibit relics from period of rule of his father, King Mongkhut (King Rama IV).

Customer Feedback – “If you go to Thailand you owe it to yourself to learn about the culture and history of its people. The National Museum is a great place to start, coupled with the palace. Displays are not all well explained, so hire a tour guide to get the most from your visit.”

The Bangkok National Museum is the main branch museum of the National Museums in Thailand and also the largest museum in Southeast Asia.

If you are the kind of traveler who likes to gain a deeper understanding of history and how it pertains to the current country you are in then a visit to the Bangkok National Museum should be on your own personal top 10 list. Its collection spans several periods of Thai history and offers an unsurpassed introduction to the country’s art and architecture.

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Bangkok National Museum is listed as one of the seven MUST SEE museums in Bangkok. The other museums on the list are:

Some of the highlights of visiting the Bangkok National Museum are:

  • King Ramkamhaeng’s inscribed stone pillar, said to be the oldest record of Thai writing.
    Buddhist Arts from Southeast Asian region such as Indian Gandhara, Chinese Tang, Vietnamese Cham, Indonesian Java, and Cambodian Khmer arts.
  • Cultural items from Southeast Asian region such as Chinese weapons, gold treasures, precious stones, Khon masks, puppets, ceramics, clothing and textiles, woodcarving and traditional musical instruments.
  • Display of Thai ceremonial chariots that are used exclusively for royal cremations. The last two times they were used was for the Princess Mother’s funeral in 1996, and again in 2008 during the King’s eldest sister’s funeral.
  • The Buddhaisawan Chapel (Tamnak Phutthaisawan) in the Museum grounds, contains well preserved mural paintings depicting the life of Buddha and the second most important Buddha image in Thailand, the Phra Buddha Singh.

Customer Feedback – “The new hall is amazing with modern display & beautiful lighting, I enjoyed it much since there’s not much people. Even though the museum is closed at 4pm but the main 4 halls will still open until 8pm (they called the night museum) and it still worth your penny.”

Other attractions in this area are Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace.

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Bangkok National Museum is open Wed-Sun from 9am until 4pm. The last ticket is sold at 3:30pm. The museum is generally closed on national holidays.

Admission Price: 200 Baht per person.

Things you should be aware of when visiting the Bangkok National Museum:

  • Photography is allowed inside the galleries and in any outdoors area of the complex. Flash photography is NOT allowed inside the galleries.
  • For security reasons visitors are required to check any large bags they may be carrying when entering the galleries.
  • There are a few buildings within the complex that visitors are required to remove their shoes when entering. For this reason it is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes that can be easily removed.

Wat Traimit ‘Temple of the Golden Buddha’ – World’s largest solid gold Buddha statue

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Located near the entrance to Bangkok’s Chinatown district on Yaowarat Road, Wat Traimit is an easy visit for those interested to uncover the hidden beauty and mystery beneath Bangkok’s most influential Buddha image and community.

According to Thai standards Wat Traimit is considered to be a rather modest temple. The main reason people visit Wat Traimit is to view the magnificent splendor of the world’s largest solid Gold Buddha image, known in Thai as Phra Buddha Maha Suwanna Patimakorn. The 15-foot tall Buddha image is reportedly comprised of approximately 83% pure gold and weighs five and a half tons, making it worth millions of dollars at today’s gold prices.

What many visitors do not know before paying their respects at this iconic Sukhothai styled Buddha image, which was fashioned in the 13th century, is that this statue spent many years hiding its true identity underneath a cloak of plaster and stucco.

This cosmetic veil successfully hid the solid gold Buddha image from the prying eyes of invading Burmese armies, thieves and looters for several centuries. Because its outer layer was cracked during a fall due to a mishap when it was being moved in 1955, the statue can now be appreciated in all of its golden glory. The statue now sits in a newly renovated location, set high atop the four story marble-lined temple structure at Wat Traimit.

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While the golden Buddha statue is admittedly the crowning attraction of Wat Traimit, resting on the fourth level of the temple, the second floor houses an impressive interpretive center that tells the history of the Chinese community in Bangkok. The third floor houses a museum that reveals the history of the Golden Buddha image itself, including its construction, design features and the story of how it came to be at Wat Traimit.

Customer Feedback – “While this isn’t one of the top temples on the list in Bangkok it was definitely worth the trip. The Buddha is spectacular and the grounds, while not as elaborate as some of the others are definitely beautiful. You are also a quick walk into Chinatown, a place where you can get lost all day.”

A visit to Wat Traimit makes a good starting or ending point to a tour of Bangkok’s Chinatown area. Bangkok’s central train station, known as Hua Lamphong, is also very near to Wat Traimit and Chinatown and is a great transportation option if you want to have a private tour guide help you with making arrangements to travel to other areas in Thailand via railway.

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Wat Traimit is open every day from 8am until 5pm. The Golden Buddha image can be viewed every day during the same times. The museum is open Tues-Sun from 8am until 5pm (Only the museum is closed on Mondays).

Admission Price: 100 Baht per person for museum entrance + 40 Baht per person to view buddha image.

Things you should be aware of when visiting the Wat Traimit:

  • Respectful attire is required. Wat Traimit is a functioning Thai Buddhist temple, and a such the management insists that visitors dress in a respectful manner. This means that men must wear long pants and short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirts (no tank tops or sleeveless shirts). Women must wear skirts or pants extending at least to the knee, and also should not wear a top that reveals bare shoulders.
  • Visitors are allowed to take photographs in any area of the complex.
  • It is recommended that you wear shoes that can be easily removed as you’ll need to take them off when entering any structure in the complex.

Wat Sutat – Mural paintings and a giant red swing in the heart of Bangkok

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What visit to Bangkok would be complete without visiting one of Bangkok’s largest and most revered temples?

Wat Sutat, known officially as Wat Sutat Thepwararaam Racha-Voramaha-Vihan, is one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok. Built during the period between King Rama I and King Rama III, the temple complex is revered for its massive mural paintings, distinctive roofline, huge golden buddha (east facing), and giant red swing structure.

Wat Sutat also boasts the country’s largest Ubosoth, or ordination hall, and because of this it remains one of the six temples in Bangkok bestowed with the title of highest grade of the first class Royal temples, known as Racha-Voramaha-Vihan (There are only 8 temples throughout Thailand with this distinction).

A visit to Wat Sutat appeals to those who appreciate beautifully ornate frescoes, storytelling history, and evidence of religious tolerance.

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If the mural paintings, which are second only to those on display at the Grand Palace, and the large reclining buddha, where the remains of King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) are entombed beneath, are not enough to fill your inquisitive mind then the large red swing structure outside the front entrance of the temple will surely do the trick. The red swing (known as Sao Ching Chaa) is a towering structure that demands the eye of any passerby and without fail fosters questions as to its purpose.

The structure was carved under the direction of King Rama I and in its former glory was a giant swing, which was used during the festivities to celebrate the Bhrama New Year. During this time, teams of men would invoke Shiva’s blessing during the coming year by riding the massive swing (in arcs as high as 82 feet in the air) while attempting to grasp bags full of silver and gold held aloft by Brahman court astrologers, a practice that was discontinued in the 1932 due to several fatalities.

Customer feedback – “Walking through here and seeing all the different murals depicting the 28 incarnations of Lord Buddha was pretty neat. Saying that, there are very few captions or english explanations for much of what you will see here. Having someone who can translate and tell the story of this place is a must.”

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It is best to allow for half a day to visit Wat Sutat, including transport time from central Bangkok locations. A visit to Wat Sutat can be easily complemented by nearby attractions such as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Grand Palace, and Wat Pho.

Wat Sutat is open every day from 9am until 4pm. The main temple is open every day from 8:30am until 9pm.

Admission Price: 20 Baht (allows entry into every building) per person.

Prayer time (Monks chanting)
Monday thru Friday 12pm – 1pm & 7pm – 9pm
Saturday and Sunday 1pm – 3pm & 7pm – 9pm

Things you should be aware of when visiting Wat Sutat:

  • Respectful attire is required. Wat Sutat is a functioning Thai Buddhist temple, and a such the management insists that visitors dress in a respectful manner. This means that men must wear long pants and short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirts (no tank tops or sleeveless shirts). Women must wear skirts or pants extending at least to the knee, and also should not wear a top that reveals bare shoulders.
  • Visitors are allowed to take photographs in any area of the complex.
  • It is recommended that you wear shoes that can be easily removed as you’ll need to take them off when entering any structure in the complex.

Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram ‘Marble Temple’ – Beautiful Thai temple (featured on the 5 baht coin) made from Italian Carrara marble

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Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram, known by many as the Marble Temple because its pillars, courtyard, and lion statue guardians are all made entirely of Italian Carrara marble, is one of Bangkok’s most beautiful temples. The temple’s name means “the Monastery of the fifth King near Dusit Palace”, the fifth King being King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V).

The temple, which was designed in 1899 by Prince Narisara Nuvadtivongs (a half-brother of King Rama V), draws many admirers thanks to its traditional Thai symmetrical architecture and use of European and Chinese design influences. Wat Benchamabophit is one of the six temples in Bangkok bestowed with the title of highest grade of the first class Royal temples, known as Racha-Vora-Vihan (There are 10 temples throughout Thailand with this distinction).

Who could visit Thailand’s capital city without seeing how European architecture and Italian marble has been masterfully melded into the temples and religion of the country? Considering that Wat Benchamabophit is not heavily promoted as a tourist destination like Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, it tends to draw a smaller number of foreign tourists. Inside the ordination hall (or Ubosoth) is a Buddha statue, designed in the Sukothai style. The ashes of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) are buried beneath this statue.

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Don’t take our word for it that Wat Benchamabophit is a must see destination in Bangkok Thailand. The temple complex was featured in the 9th season of the popular TV series The Amazing Race. In 2005, the temple was submitted to UNESCO for consideration as a future World Heritage Site.

The very inquisitive visitor who seeks truth in all things will be delighted to discover that a Bodhi tree, brought all of the way from Bodhgaya, India where the Buddha reached enlightenment, rests just behind the ordination hall of Wat Benchamabophit. King Rama V spent his days as a monk at this temple before his coronation.

Visiting Wat Benchamabophit with a private tour guide is recommended as the temple is active, the monks private living quarters are across the canal separated from the temple area and, starting at 6:00 am, people from the local community come here to bring food and other offerings (curry, rice, lotus buds, incense, toiletries, etc.,) to the monks. This practice is different from most other temples in Thailand where monks depart in the early morning hours in order to accept alms and food from the people. The evening candlelight procession around the temple during Thai Buddhist festivals of Makha Bucha (February) and Wisakha Bucha (May) are not to be missed.

Customer feedback – “A nice interesting place to visit. The marble construction makes this place very unique. Not one of the temples on the main tourist trail so it has fewer people. Beautiful building set in gardens with a small river and some nice bridges.”

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Customer feedback – “If you only have time to see one of the smaller temples in Bangkok, make it this one. It is really beautiful, with nice quiet gardens surrounding it. (#5) I had a few questions about some of things I saw inside the temple and wished I had a tour guide with me at the time.”

When visiting Wat Benchamabophit, it is recommended that you set aside about a half day (including transport time from most central Bangkok locations) to view all of the temple complex. Those wishing to visit additional attractions in the same area as Wat Benchamabophit should consider combining it with a visit to Vimarnmek Mansion.

Wat Benchamabophit is open every day from 8am until 5:30pm.

Admission Price: 20 Baht (allows entry into every building) per person.

Things you should be aware of when visiting Wat Benchamabophit:

  • Respectful attire is required. Wat Benchamabophit is a functioning Thai Buddhist temple, and a such the management insists that visitors dress in a respectful manner. This means that men must wear long pants and short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirts (no tank tops or sleeveless shirts). Women must wear skirts or pants extending at least to the knee, and also should not wear a top that reveals bare shoulders.
  • Visitors are allowed to take photographs in any area of the complex.
  • It is recommended that you wear shoes that can be easily removed as you’ll need to take them off when entering any structure in the complex.

Vimarnmek Mansion – The world’s largest golden teakwood structure

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Have you ever been inspired to build or make improvements to your existing home after visiting a friend’s house?

The Kings of Thailand were no different and after a royal visit to Europe in 1897 King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) commissioned the construction of Vimarnmek Mansion amid a recently purchased garden area near his royal city which he christened the “the Dusit Garden.”

Vimarnmek Mansion was completed in 1901, and King Chulalongkorn lived in the mansion until 1906.

A visit to Vimarnmek Mansion appeals to those who appreciate a leisurely walk through landscaped gardens while taking in the grand splendor of Thailand’s architectural heritage, ancient history, and past and present Royal Court memorabilia.

Many first time visitors are surprised to find that the 72 room Vimarnmek Mansion, which is the world’s largest golden teakwood structure, is only one part of this Bangkok area attraction. The central mansion is surrounded by auxiliary buildings (originally built for the King’s consort, princesses and other wives) that serve as timepieces of early twentieth century Thai architecture. All of the restored structures serve as a large complex of museum buildings, displaying everything from ancient artifacts from Thailand’s prehistory to contemporary photographs donated by the current King, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX).

Vimarnmek Mansion is listed as one of the seven MUST SEE museums in Bangkok. The other museums on the list are:

Most large tour groups allow just enough time to visit the main mansion, missing out on much of what is on offer within the museum buildings in the garden. If you want to visit the entire complex, it is best to engage a personal tour guide who can cater to your schedule and make recommendations that suit your specific needs.

It is best to allow for half a day to visit Vimarnmek Mansion, including transport time from central Bangkok locations. A visit to Vimarnmek Mansion can be easily complemented by nearby attractions such as Anantasamakom Throne Hall, Wat Benchamabophit, or the Dusit Zoo.

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One of the highlights of visiting the Vimarnmek Mansion is the Ruean Ton building.

  • Ruean Ton – A simple Thai teakwood house commissioned to be built by King Rama V as a meeting hall between himself and his friends. This structure, which served as a guesthouse, was created as a result of King Rama V adventuring out amongst the populace in common dress. King Rama V wanted to witness the living conditions of his people for himself.

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Parts of Vimarnmek Mansion and its grounds are still occasionally used for state functions and at such times will be closed to the public. Using the services of a personal tour guide ensures your holiday plans are successful.

Vimarnmek Mansion is open Tues-Sat from 8:30am until 4:30pm. Last entrance ticket sold at 3:30pm.

Admission Price: 100 Baht (allows entry into every building and gallery) per person. Entry into Vimarnmek Mansion is free when you show a ticket from the Grand Palace within 7 days of your visit.

Things you should be aware of when visiting the Vimarnmek Mansion:

  • Respectful attire is required. Vimarnmek Mansion is a royal residence, and a such the management insists that visitors dress in a respectful manner. This means that men must wear long pants and short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirts (no tank tops or sleeveless shirts). Women must wear skirts or pants extending at least to the knee, and also should not wear a top that reveals bare shoulders.
  • Photography inside any of the structures is strictly forbidden. Visitors are allowed to take photographs of any outside area of the complex.
  • It is recommended that you wear shoes that can be easily removed as you’ll need to take them off when entering any structure in the complex.

Prasart Museum – One man’s private museum dream tells the story of Bangkok in a cool and quiet garden setting

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Prasart Museum is a private museum containing a vast collection of artifacts from the prehistoric to modern Bangkok periods. The museum houses a large and unique collection of pieces from Thailand’s distant past leading up to the Rattanakosin period. The buildings within the grounds where these pieces are exhibited are also wonderful examples of the various styles of Thai architecture. The museum is a center for education and research for those interested in Thai antiquity, and a legacy for future Thai and foreign generations interested in Bangkok history.

If you want to get away from the crowds and heat of Bangkok then you should head for the art and culture oasis that is Prasart Museum.

If viewing Buddhist temples in Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok has you feeling hot and in need of a calm oasis of beauty then you should consider spending a half day visiting the Prasart Museum. This museum truly stands out amongst all others with regards to its grandeur and ancient style. Although it is not easy to find (all the more reason to book the services of a private tour guide), the Prasart Museum gives visitors a true look into what a life-long resident of Bangkok has to say about the city’s past and present cultural history.

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Quote from Khun Prasart Vongsakul (owner and head gardener at the museum) – “I saw so many of our national treasures disappear or leave Thailand. Many Thai art objects and antiques are sold overseas, and thus Thai people are denied the chance to see them. I have worked most of my life preserving our heritage so that it can be cherished by future generations.”

Customer feedback – “The relatively high entrance fee and remote location ensured that despite being here during the packed tourist season, we had the place almost all to ourselves.”

At Prasart Museum, visitors are given a private tour that lasts about one hour, after which they are free to wander the grounds and buildings at their own leisure.

Prasart Museum is listed as one of the seven MUST SEE museums in Bangkok. The other museums on the list are:

The Prasart Museum is never crowded by large tourist groups because it is a completely private museum and admission is arranged by appointment only. Having a private tour guide who can make all of the booking and transportation arrangements ahead of time is certainly the best way to visit and enjoy the Prasart Museum.

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Some of the highlights of visiting the Prasart Museum are:

  • Red Palace: This Thai-style teak house is a replica of the mansion with the same name in the National Museum. Antiques from the Ayutthaya and early Rattanakosin periods are found here. They include many domestic items such as furniture, tea sets, and vases.
  • Lanna Pavilion: Located near the European style building this wood pavilion is where Lanna period Buddha images are displayed.
  • European-style Building: Thai materials and household utensils used by the upper class of Thai society in the past, such as Bencharong ceramic pieces and
  • Western art objects are exhibited here.
  • Buddhist Chapel
  • Hor Kaeow (Teakwood Library).
  • Guanyin Shrine
  • Lopburi-style Chapel, which is a replica from a Khmer sanctuary.
  • Beautiful garden grounds full of rare Thai and foreign species of plants that create the setting for several Sukhothai period terracotta pieces.

Customer Feedback – “You need to book your visit in advance, you can’t just turn up to this private museum but it is well worth paying a visit. The museum is set in its own lush gardens with various buildings, each representing a different architectural style or purpose, all built or reconstructed here by Mr Prasart, each of them fascinating in its own way. Within these is Mr Prasart’s personal collection, amassed over many years, covering mostly South East Asia with some European works it is mainly grouped in themes to represent a particular area or style. Many of the pieces are rare and exquisite, the like of which you would be lucky to find in a major international museum.”

Another attraction in this area is the authentic Thai cooking course.

Prasart Museum is open Tues-Sun from 9am until 2pm, by appointment only. Closed every Monday.

Admission Price: 500 Baht per person and there is a 2 person minimum in order to visit the museum. If you would like to visit the museum on your own you will be charged the rate for 2 persons (1,000 Baht).

Customer feedback – “An eclectic collection indeed. Reservations and a private tour guide are the only way to see this very unique Bangkok attraction.”

Things you should be aware of when visiting the Prasart Museum:

  • Photography inside any of the structures is strictly forbidden. Visitors are allowed to take photographs of any outside area of the complex.
  • It is recommended that you wear shoes that can be easily removed as you’ll need to take them off when entering any structure in the complex.

Where can you see a variety of snakes up close and personal? Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute in Bangkok, the second oldest snake farm in the world

snake-farm-1 Do you love snakes? Would you like to see a variety of snakes up close and personal? Are you interested to learn more about the indigenous snakes of Asia and have a hands on experience in an environment where the animals are treated well and not used solely for entertainment purposes? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then you should visit the “Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute” (สถานเสาวภา สภากาชาดไทย) in Bangkok.

The Queen Saovabha Institute is the second oldest snake farm in the world, and the first ever snake farm in Asia. For more than 90 years this institute has supplied poisonous snake antivenom to all of Asia. The institute originally was under the direction of Thailand’s Ministry of Interior and was tasked with providing vaccines against rabies, smallpox, cholera, typhoid and other infectious diseases. Now, the institute is operated by the Thai Red Cross Society and not only makes anti-venom but serves to educate visitors and students to better understand the habits of snakes and to improve the public’s attitude towards poisonous and non-poisonous snakes.

As part of its education goal, trained professionals at the institute perform a snake show to teach people how to recognize and deal specifically with the different species of snakes found in Asia. The exciting 30 minute show starts by introducing small snakes, like the Green Pit Viper, and progresses to larger snakes like the Burmese Python and Mangrove snakes, until finally presenting species of the deadliest type, namely the Cobra and King Cobra. The show is entertaining and very informative.

snake-farm-2The institute has two shows every weekday. The first show takes place at 11am. The highlight of the first show is a live demonstration showing how poisonous snakes are ‘milked’ of their venom. The second show is at 2.30pm. The second show teaches proper poisonous and non-poisonous snake handling skills and finishes with a photo opportunity where you can choose to have your picture taken with a large ‘tame’ python. Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) have only the 11am show.

In addition to the snake show, visitors can view more than 35 species of living snakes on the 1st and 2nd floor exhibition areas where everything from snake anatomy, evolution, reproduction cycle and procedures for snake bite first aid can be learned.

Natt Opasanon
Your Thai Guide

Admission Price: 200 Baht for adults and 100 Baht for children.

Koh Kret see local life just a boat ride away from Bangkok

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Twenty kilometers northwest of central Bangkok is an isolated island known as Koh Kret. This small island is full of village charm although it is just a short boat trip from Bangkok along the Chao Phraya River. Koh Kret is known for its rural atmosphere, its distinctive pottery and its busy weekend market.

A visit to Koh Kret gives you the opportunity to quickly escape Bangkok and get lost in a unique island culture where the feeling of stepping back in time awaits you around every corner.

Koh Kret is home to Thailand’s Mon people, who immigrated from Burma more than 200 years ago. The Mon people in Koh Kret have managed to preserve much of their unique culture and lifestyle due to the fact that the island remains very isolated from the surrounding area.

A visit to Koh Kret is a truly unique experience. The Mon culture can be seen in the design of traditional riverside houses, which have remained unchanged for hundreds of years, and can be felt in the level of hospitality that visitors are shown by locals. If you are looking for one of Bangkok’s hidden gem destinations that few foreign tourists take the chance to visit then Koh Kret is a definite recommend.

Koh Kret is especially known for earthenware (hand-thrown terra-cotta pots) and ceramics that are all handmade in the kilns of the island’s pottery villages.

Another one of the island’s reputations comes from the villages along Khlong Khanom Wan, where you can see sweet local desserts being made. Don’t visit Koh Kret without tasting one, or more, of the local desserts. Loading up on a few takeaway desserts as ‘souvenirs’ is a good idea, but they probably will not last long enough to make it back home. Better to eat the desserts yourself and buy T-shirts for the friends and family back home.

Customer feedback – “Just got home from this wonderful place. A quick ferry ride across the river takes you away from the madness of Bangkok and into the tranquility of Koh Kret. Pottery, gifts and food is all very reasonably priced and plentiful. I chose to walk around the whole island, took about 1&1/2 hours.”

Much of the island is accessed by elevated walkways where many shops sell local handicrafts and restaurants serve traditional Mon cuisine. The narrow market lanes are more charming than touristy, and are relatively uncrowded on weekdays.

No destination in Thailand is complete without a few temples to add to the peaceful ambiance, and Koh Kret is no exception. The temples in Koh Kret date back to the Ayutthaya period and one of the island’s most revered temples is Wat Paramai Yikawat. This temple, which has a small adjoining museum, remains a pilgrimage site for people of Mon descent. Resident monks continue to perform chants in the Mon language. The temple also features the signature lopsided Mon-style chedi, a ten meter long reclining Buddha and a seated Buddha, considered to be Nonthaburi province’s most sacred Buddha image.

Some of the island’s other temples are:

  • Wat Palelai – a shrine to the ‘Buddha in the Jungle’ celebrating the time Buddha spent in the wild with animals and nature
  • Wat Chimpli – an older temple with a bell shaped top and colored glass tiles
  • Wat Salakun
  • Wat Sao Thong Thong – a typical Mon temple with an Ayutthaya-style chedi showing how the Mon adopted elements of their new home in Thailand while mindfully preserving their own culture
  • Wat Phai Lom – temple with two huge golden cockerels guarding the entrance

What to eat on Koh Kret:

  • Tort man nor galah – a dish of deep-fried patties of ground fish, various fresh herbs, colorful flowers, mushrooms and an aquatic vegetable (nor galah).
  • Kanom Jeen – fermented rice noodles eaten with a variety of different curries.
  • Kow Chae – delicious combination of camphor-scented rice in chilled water with savory additions. Particularly popular during the Thai summer.
  • Gai sarong – minced chicken wrapped in egg noodles and deep fried, resulting in crispy golden balls.
  • Dokmai tort – colorful arrangements of edible flowers and leaves stuffed into banana leaf bowls.

Few tourists visit Koh Kret mostly because it is not featured in many guide books and the combination of transport options that are necessary to reach the island can be daunting to figure out. Having a private tour guide enables you to enjoy the experience while leaving the logistics of your tour to a professional and knowledgable local.

Koh Kret can be visited any day of the week. The best time for visiting is all day, from early morning until 4pm. Weekends are more crowded than weekdays.

Things you should be aware of when visiting Koh Kret:

  • Comfortable shoes and clothing are highly recommended since you will need to climb in and out of boats.
  • Photography is highly encouraged along every part of this tour.
  • Bring your appetite and your sense of adventure.
  • Respectful attire is required if you plan to visit any of the temples on Koh Kret.

Erawan Museum – 3 Headed Elephant stands as one of Bangkok’s most unique temples

One of the more popular things to do in Bangkok is visit the grand palaces and beautiful temples located throughout the city. While the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keaw (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) rank high on many visitors lists of attractions to see there is another temple, known as Erawan Museum, that truly stands to be called one of Bangkok’s most unique attractions. What makes this attraction so unique? The Erawan Museum houses one of Thailand’s most exquisite private art collections while simultaneously serving as a visual representation of the three-tiered cosmology of Thailand’s Theravada Buddhism: the underworld, the human world and the heavens.

Customer feedback – “This is a great temple, as you arrive it is amazing the size of this 3 headed Elephant. Is is hard to believe you actually walk us a spiral staircase in one of the legs to get to the temple inside the Elephants body. Well worth a look.”

The Erawan Museum was conceptualized and commissioned to be built by Mr. Lek Viriyapant (Prapai Viriyapant), in order to preserve his personal collection of antiques and sacred objects in a manner that would contribute to Thai heritage.

Customer feedback – “Surely only in Thailand are you likely to find such a place, a museum inside a giant elephant statue, a magnificent structure that really is well worth a visit.”

The museum is immediately recognized by its massive three-headed elephant bronze statue, which stands 29 meters high, is 39 meters long, and weighs 250 tons. The Airavata (Erawan in Thai) three-headed elephant in Hindu mythology is not only the god Indra’s vehicle but also a symbol of the eastern religion’s cosmography.

Visiting the Erawan Museum gives insight into how art can be masterfully used to tell the story of religion.

Erawan Museum is listed as one of the seven MUST SEE museums in Bangkok. The other museums on the list are:

Some of the highlights of visiting the Erawan Museum are:

  • The underworld – The softly lit ground floor exhibits various precious antiques and statues of mythical Naga serpents.
  • The human world – The middle floor is beautifully decorated with the intricate stucco moulding with five colored porcelain inlays, fanciful supporting pillars and stained glass.
  • The heavens – The top floor is adorned with the exquisite art depicting the solar system and is where the ancient Buddha images are housed.
  • Surrounding the museum is a lovely tropical garden including beautiful plants, flowers, rivers, and detailed Thai sculptures.

Customer feedback – “There are a lot of themes and images inside the elephant statue. Very beautiful indeed. Was relieved to have our private tour guide with us as her English was perfect and she made sense of what we were viewing.”

Erawan Museum is open every day from 8am until 5pm.

Another attraction that can be enjoyed in this same area is Mueang Boran (Ancient City), which is a 30 minutes drive away from the Erawan Museum location.

Admission Price: Adults are 400 Baht and Kids (6-14 years old) are 200 Baht from 9:00am until 5:00pm. From 5:00pm until 7:00pm Adults are 200 Baht and Kids (6-14 years old) are 100 Baht.

Things you should be aware of when visiting the Erawan Museum:

  • Photography is not permitted in the basement section of the museum which houses a collection of ceramics and art from Khun Lek’s (commissioner of the museum) private collection. On the upper floors there are some areas that photography is not allowed. Our private tour guide will be able to advise you of which areas allow photography.
  • To get to the top floor of the elephant you can either choose to take a spiral staircase or a quick elevator ride. If you take the spiral staircase you will be able to peek out a small window from just below one of the elephant heads’ tusks.
  • Polite dress code is required when visiting since the Erawan Museum serves as a Buddhist temple.

Jim Thompson House – East meets West style home and art collection of the ‘Legendary American of Thailand’

The Jim Thompson House, which is ranked as one of the most loved attractions in Bangkok city, stands as an historical architecture model while its small but distinct art collection serves as a museum. Jim Thompson was the American who created the silk industry in Thailand after WW II and he is considered to be one of the most legendary Americans in recent Thai history.

Customer feedback – “We visited the Jim Thompson House on the suggestion of our private tour guide. Very impressed to find something like this in Bangkok and it was nice area to rest from the midday heat. Definitely recommend to others.”

The complex of homes was completed in 1959 and consists of several antique Thai homes and structures that the American businessman purchased on trips to Bang Krua and the city of Ayutthaya. As Thompson was building his silk company in Thailand, he also became a major collector of Southeast Asian art. He built a large collection of Buddhist and secular pieces that were purchased from Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, and Laos in the 1950s and 1960s.

Jim Thompson House is listed as one of the seven MUST SEE museums in Bangkok. The other museums on the list are:

The Jim Thompson House is situated beside a canal and surrounded by a jungle landscape of palm and banana trees, and numerous flowers and plants from the region. The house is built according to traditional Thai home characteristics, featuring inward leaning walls to make the house appear taller and giving it a regal look.

Customer feedback – “Very interesting enjoyable experience. My personal favorite. Guide was fun and knowledgable.”

A tour of the Jim Thompson House allows visitors to take a step back in time to see the art and life of Southeast Asia from the perspective of the eccentric businessman who brought the beauty of Thai silk to the world.

Another attraction in the same area as the Jim Thompson House is Bangkok’s Golden Mountain (Wat Saket).

The Jim Thompson House is open every day from 9am until 6pm. Last guided tour begins at 6pm.

Admission Price: 150 Baht per person. Fee includes 30 minute guided tour of the home.

Things you should be aware of when visiting the Jim Thompson House:

  • Photography is allowed in every area of the complex

Experience a Thai Lady Boy Cabaret Show

Many visitors to Thailand have been amazed to find that some of the beautiful women they encounter, and subsequently admire for their distinctly Thai features, are actually men. In Thailand, these men are referred to as ladyboys, or katoeys in Thai language, and are arguably some of the world’s most convincing transvestites, thanks to their slim figures and ladylike manners. Regardless of whether your travels to Thailand have you seeking out world-class shopping areas, National museums & weekend markets, renowned temples or Muay Thai boxing matches you will certainly not want to miss the unique experience of going to a Thai Ladyboy Cabaret show.

Customer feedback – “It was, without a doubt, a highly entertaining couple of hours that was sadly over way too quickly. I would highly recommend seeing a ladyboy show to anyone visiting Bangkok.”

Thai ladyboys have established themselves within the entertainment industry and draw tourists from around the world who wish to witness their enthusiastic, fun-loving and beautiful performances. Daily Thai Ladyboy performances, which resemble the cabaret shows of years gone by, are held in the large theaters of Thailand’s renowned entertainment cities of Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai.

Please contact us if you would like us to arrange tickets for the Calypso Ladyboy Cabaret shows during your stay in Bangkok.

Thai Ladyboy Cabaret shows are created to entertain guests while paying tribute to the beauty of womanhood. The shows feature singing, dancing and impersonations of female artists, as they pay homage to mythical and historical stories highlighting the accomplishments of women. Don’t be surprised if you see diva impersonations from the likes of Tina Turner to Beyonce followed by a spell-binding musical and dance routine by a troupe of nimble nymphs in graceful gowns.

Customer feedback – “I watched one performer very close and I could not believe that she was actually a he. Good fun with the family and our guide was laughing along – even when she told us she saw the show before.”

Extravagant costumes, synchronized routines, and glitzy stage sets abound in these productions, aiding in the appeal of the show and supporting the illusion presented. The range of performances often includes a touch of comedy, which always draws the crowd further into succumbing to the varied charms and beauty of the stars on stage.

Customer feedback – “I was really surprised by how the ‘women’ looked so beautiful. They had the crowd laughing and singing along during the show. Watching them flirt with the men in the audience was hilarious. So much more fun than I expected.”

Ladyboy cabaret shows are, without a doubt, memorable and entertaining, a perfect way to please the entire family. Come and experience something that is very unique to Thailand, and leave with memories that you are sure to recount time and again with friends and family back home.

Admission Price: Please contact us if you would like us to arrange tickets for the Mambo or Calypso Ladyboy Cabaret shows during your stay in Bangkok.

Things you should be aware of when visiting a Thai Ladyboy Cabaret show:

  • Thai Ladyboy Cabaret shows are a safe and fun night out. If you are a man, you should be prepared for some good-natured flirting from the performers, especially if you are seated in the front row.
  • All performers at Thai Ladyboy Cabaret shows are men. Performers are all at different stages of becoming a woman, most have already undergone a breast implant procedure but have not gone through with the final removal of their manhood.
  • These shows are extremely popular and booking early is highly recommended.
  • Photography is allowed during the show.
  • Photographs with the performers at the end of the show is allowed, but they do ask for a 20 Baht or 50 Baht tip in return. You can, of course, tip more if you like.