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Bangkok welcomes more visitors than any other city in the world and it doesn’t take long to realise why. Over the last few decades, Bangkok has changed into a modern, exciting and sophisticated city. It offers visitors the cosmopolitan amenities they would expect from other big cities and a unique treasure trove of cultural attractions.
Marvel at the gleaming temples, catch a tuk tuk along the bustling Chinatown or take a longtail boat through floating markets. Food is another Bangkok highlight, from local dishes served at humble street stalls to haute cuisine at romantic rooftop restaurants. This dynamic Metropolis has it all.
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Any traveller visiting Bangkok should know that the Grand Palace is one of the most precious jewels in the capital. This impressive architectural complex attracts millions of visitors every year and will leave you speechless. Take advantage of your stay in Bangkok to visit the Royal Grand Palace, one of the city’s and country´s greatest tourist attractions. In this grand complex, you will find one of the most important temples in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Part of the Royal Chapel, it is the most sacred Buddhist temple, and said to hold supernatural powers. Stroll through what was the Royal Residence for over 140 years and admire the beauty of its golden buildings, In addition to the Wat Phra Kaew temple, you will also be in awe with the Golden Chedi, the Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations and Coins, the famous Thotkhirithon statues and the Chakri Mahaprasad Hall to name a few.
Depart to Ratchaburi province for the village of Damnoen Saduak, about 110km from Bangkok. Damnoen Saduakis surrounded by a network of khlongs (canals) that radiate out into the orchards and gardens in the surrounding countryside. Daily, local farmers gather fruits, vegetables and prepared foods and trade them along the canals near the drop off point at the market wharf. Seasonal fruits offered include mango, jackfruit, rambutan, the notoriously pungent durian and many more. Optional boat hire to explore the narrow canals is available at the market wharf. Further optional visits include a Snake Farm, an Elephant ride, and the Royal Thai Handicrafts workshop.
A visit to the scenic province of Kanchanaburi, revealing its role in the history of the Pacific War. Kanchanaburi Province, one of the largest and hottest of all Thai provinces, lying to the west of Bangkok and adjacent to Myanmar separated mostly by a mountainous border broken by the Three Pagodas Pass. Kanchanaburi sits on the banks of the Kwae Yai and Kwae Noi rivers, surrounded by limestone outcrops and fields of sugar cane. One less pleasant aspect of its history was the prisoner of war camp during the Second World War, when this area was the site of a railway line intended to stretch throughout British Burma to India. Visit the Jeath war museum, which is housed in the same sort of huts the POW's used and is filled with exhibits telling their story. Visit the War Cemetery as well as the Bridge on the River Kwai, restored after the war and still carries the railway today.
What is an evening at Sirocco like? It’s an experience best taken in with all five senses, difficult to describe, but we’ll try. Its sights are iconic. lebua’s imposing golden dome above you, the twinkling lights of Bangkok around and below. Take a Mediterranean voyage without moving from your seat, and experience flavors from Mykonos, Nice, Rome, Barcelona, Tunis and Beirut, all imaginatively interpreted by Chef Romain. For the full taste experience, make sure to add our sommeliers’ recommended pairings.