Giant Buddhas and the Temple of Dawn

The Tour is a real ice-breaker. Whether you’re a regular or first-timer it gets your HI Design experience off to the best possible start and comes highly recommended. Places are limited and it’s first-come-first served so get in touch with Charlie today to make sure you don’t miss it.

The Basics

A real sensory tour of some of Bangkok’s most spectacular sights including the Grand Palace, Flower Market and the Canals of Thonburi

Date: 30th October 2019
Times: 9am Pickup from the hotel lobby with 4pm return to the hotel (plenty of time before Welcome Buffet at 19.30)

Lunch included

Price: : $80 USD PP, payable direct to tour operator or at checkout

Interested? Questions? Talk to Charlie


You’ll be whisked off to the Grand Palace, state residence of Thai royalty since 1782 where you’ll be treated to the true highlights of the complex including Wat Phra Kaew – the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This is the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in all of Thailand. Except for the Thai King, no other person is allowed to touch this statue (probably best not to try…). The King changes the statue’s cloak three times each year to correspond to the summer, winter, and rainy seasons (a bit like Joel and his socks).

Next is The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Size isn’t everything but at 50 feet high and 140 feet long and covered in gold leaf he’s a truly impressive sight. The soles of the feet are inlaid with mother of pearl, divided into 108 panels depicting the 108 auspicious symbols used by the Buddha. Then you’ll wander through Bangkok’s wholesale Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat), where millions of colourful displays will invigorate your senses. Flowers are an integral part of Thai society, and the plethora of fragrant colours amidst the extremely busy shops and stalls is something to behold. Then we’ll have lunch.

The afternoon starts with an urban excursion by long-tailed boat to discover the canals of Thonburi. Thai people have always lived a riparian (the interface between land and water) lifestyle. You will explore the intricate network of canals, or Khlongs, cruising past colourful homes and other structures. Unlike most tours, this will give you a rare insight into how the locals live. You will see women washing clothes and utensils in the water, children swimming, locals throwing food to teeming schools of fish (considered a religious offering) and lots more random snippets of everyday life. As canal meets river you’ll cruise back with plenty of photo opportunities at Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), Bangkok’s iconic riverside monument.


  • Lunch
  • All transport
  • Guide
  • Enrance fees
  • Bottled water
  • All boat fees/fares

Not Included

  • Any personal expenses
  • Meals other than those specified on itinerary
  • Travel insurance, visas, etc.

Interested? Let Charlie know today.
Tel: +44 (0) 7889 720 294