Wat Arun



watarun.pngBangkok is one of the biggest megapolitan cities in South East Asia. As the capital city of Thailand there is a new city and an old city. The old city of Bangkok was first moved here in the early 15th Century, then under the primary administration of Ayutthaya. The strategic location of Old Bangkok at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River meant that it would blossom into one of the busiest trading ports in this part of Asia and the capital city was then built in the district of Thonburi on the western bank of the river. Old Bangkok was built by HM King Thaksin and was then moved to the eastern bank by the succeeding king, HM King Chulaloke many years later. This then became the New Bangkok.

As Bangkok settled in over the centuries and became more populated, temples and administrative buildings were constructed as well as churches, mosques and other trading posts by the various migrants and settlers. Today, the city of Bangkok offers some of the most diverse tourist’s attraction spots in this part of the continent, offering both old and new attractions for those who visit and are fascinated by the Thai cultures, traditions and way of life.

BangkokBangkok City is also one of the primary first stops when you enter the Kingdom of Thailand, either through the Suvarnabhumi International Airport or the budget carrier terminal of Don Mueng Airport. While there are taxi and rail services available directly from the airports when you enter, another option is arranged transfer services from the airport directly to your hotel. These transfer services are available from local travel agents such as Thaitourismguide. Starting your holiday right from the first day is the most important aspect of any traveller’s itinerary. Arranging the right tours and sightseeing options is the other unless you are a free and easy traveller or have been to Bangkok many times and have enough experience to navigate the city on your own.

Historical Bangkok City Tours

Garden of The Gods Ancient City

The sightseeing in Bangkok tour packages start with the famous iconic and historical places within the city centre. These places are some of the most magnificent historical buildings that date back at least a century old and represent the start of the city of Bangkok Administration and places of worship. Check out the temple tours in Bangkok packages and select from a choice of a join in tour or a private tour for the best options. These must see iconic places are the Royal Grand Palace with its intricate central buildings and the Royal Temple. This place is also used by the King for special occasions where he greets the public such as on Father’s Day which is the King’s Birthday and other special occasions. There is also the Wat Phra Kaew next door which houses the biggest Emerald Buddha and the dazzling Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) across the Chao Phraya River. Both these temples have beautiful structures, chedis and stupas created by ancient artisans. Other historical places of interest in Bangkok includes the Royal Barge Museum where the hand crafted barges are kept and used only on special days of the year. These barges of which there are 7 main barges measuring about 75 feet in length each with very ornate bows

Royal Grand Palace

and sterns are preserved in good condition. Some have been reconditioned while others are under maintenance due to years of wear and tear. These barges are used by the Royal Family in ceremonies to present the Royal robes to monks at the temple and has only been used about 18 times since the reign of the present King Bhumipol. On these days, about one hundred or more barges are used in naval formation to cross the Chao Phraya River from Wat Phra Kaew over to Wat Arun for the presentation ceremony. These occasions if you are lucky to see them are considered epic occasions in Thai History and a must see event. All these tours come under the temple tours in Thailand packages and combination tours mean lower rates so you have bigger savings on your tour packages. Check with us on our site from time to time for cheap price tours in Bangkok to book your memorable holiday trip with us.

Family Tours in Bangkok

Bangkok City is as diverse in its entertainment as it is in the food. This means that weather you are travelling alone or as a family, you will always find somewhere to go. For those who are travelling as a family either with or without younger children, this amazing city has something for everyone with their theme park in Thailand tours. Children and adults alike would love the zoos in Bangkok especially the Safari World Open Zoo. There is a myriad of shows and activities as well as rides to keep especially the children entertained. This one in all stop has everything including shows, buffet lunches, snack bars and animal feeding opportunities that would bring a smile on anyone’s face and a whole day spent in the great outdoors right here within the city. The Safari Open Zoo tour comes with pick up transfers, making it easy to get there and back from your hotel and you do not even have to worry about lunch or how you will visit the open safari where you can see the wildebeest roaming free. Everything is meticulously arranged for your enjoyment. Kids would love watching the parrot, sea lion and elephant shows or even feed the giraffes and play with the resident orang utan!

siamoceanworld-thaitourismguide-comFor those who love the sea and ocean life, check out the Siam Ocean World (Sea Life Ocean World Bangkok) tour where there are seven large zones to immerse yourselves in and feel the cold along with the penguins or take a dive in the tanks with the sharks! All this and more at this fabulous ocean in the city tour, and right next door to it, you can rub shoulders with the rich and famous at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. There are great photo opportunities here for you to take pictures and interact with your favourite idol, sports hero or movie star. The bonus is that the great shopping centres of Siam Paragon and Siam Centre are just next to each other for a great shopping experience all at one go.

If theme parks are your must do activity, there is always Dream World with their fantastic roller coasters and other rides. This waterpark in Thailand and theme park in Thailand tour has daily shows, plenty of amusing places to walk and take great pictures as well as a dry and wet park. So bring a change of clothes to spend a great day here. It is fun for the whole family.

Bangkok Shows and Entertainment

Nanta Cooking ShowA day is never complete without watching some of the famous shows in Thailand that is available year round in this great city. The most famous are the “Ladyboy” shows with their glitzy Las Vegas style entertainment and performances belting out popular musical numbers and crazy jokes to entertain their audience. The most famous being The Calypso Show at Asiatique. Their performance is flawless and the costumes beautiful, a show worth watching when you are in Bangkok. If you like sport active shows, and then catch the Muay Thai Life show also at Asiatique where you get a glimpse into the mysteries of Muay Thai also popularly known as Thai Kick Boxing. There are a lot of rituals and ceremonies prior to a fight night and this is one of the shows that is not only entertaining but also eye opening. Culture shows are best watched in an epic theatre and the most famous in Bangkok is the Siam Niramit Epic Culture Show. The stage can hold almost two hundred performers along with huge scene settings and even a flowing river and elephants for a most memorable performance. This is a must not miss show if you have the time to spare and want to watch something really spectacular. Comedies are also a feature performance in Bangkok and one worth watching is the Cookin Nanta show. This show is Korean by origin and one of the most successful and famous stage comedy shows in the world. It is guaranteed non-stop laughter from the start to the finish and you wanting more! A truly hilarious cast of characters as well as fantastic drum play typical of Korean music using every day kitchen utensils and equipment! Every show that you book with Thaitourismguide comes with the ease of transfers to and from your hotel to make sure you get there and safely back after an enjoyable night out.

Bangkok Cruises and dining out

Dinner Cruise

There is no shortage of the varieties of food and cuisines available in this great city of Bangkok. It is just a matter of choice as to the ambiance and settings you would like to enjoy your meals in, be it the wonderful street foods of Thailand, a romantic meal on a ship or in one of the many hotels and restaurants that offer some of the finest selections of traditional Thai cuisine or International buffets. A few of the highly recommended “Must try Dining Experiences in Bangkok” would be the romantic dinner cruises on-board a luxury liner that sails down the mighty Chao Phraya Dinner. A combination of romantic sailing with the sights of the Bangkok skyline in the evenings and a scrumptious buffet spread of International and Thai cuisine to satisfy any discerning palate is a definite must try and do while you are visiting this great city. A combination of sailing, dining and live entertainment on-board these beautifully equipped and designed ships would be an unforgettable night out for you and your travelling partners. The Thaitourismguide dinner cruise in Bangkok packages will ensure you have a good time at one of the most reasonable prices without breaking your budget, to have a memorable dinner cruise in the city.

Another great place to have a meal, be it lunch or dinner with a fantastic bird’s eye view of Bangkok City, is from the Baiyoke Sky Hotel. As the tallest building in the city with a revolving dining tower, diners get a fantastic 360 degree view of the city while they dine on the massive variety of international, Thai and seafood buffet. To top that all off, there is even a famous floating market buffet right on the top of the hotel complete with food bearing long tail boats and a nostalgic floating market setting. Give the Biyoke Dinner Buffet or Floating Market Buffet a try when you are here. It is one of the most popular and raved about buffets in the city!

Bangkok Tourism Sites

Sampran RiversideAside from the shopping, temple visits, shows and buffets in the city of Bangkok, there are also other sights of interests where visitors can enjoy the cultures, traditions and relative Thainess of the country. One such place is the Samphran Thai Village tour where visitors have a first-hand experience on trying out the demonstrations booths that make traditional medicinal balls, try kick boxing, elephant rides, and have a hand in making traditional Thai desserts and much more. It is a fun and eye opening visit without being too far out of the city. Try out the rice harvesting techniques or walk in the famous organic rose garden and harvest some of the organic plants for making your own herbal balls for a traditional Thai massage! To find out more on what to see in the city of Bangkok, drop a line to the friendly people at the Thaitourismguide office and ask for an itinerary or their special offers and promotions.


ImageMost large cities and Bangkok not being the exception is host to one of the largest indoor oceans in a thriving city scape.  at the lowest level of Siam Paragon in the heart of Bangkok has seven interesting zones for you to explore including an awesome 5D cinemas which will blow your mind. With the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum just practically next door, you could spend a half day over there and another half day at the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World for a great whole day outing plus plenty of shopping and eating all along the way.

Greeted at the entrance way by a huge hanging shark and surrounded in darkness except for the illuminated tanks, it takes some adjusting to the eyes. A prominent cylindrical tank in the center of the room contains the first of the seven zone exhibits which is “weird and wonderful” and the highlight exhibit is the giant spider crabs. As large as four feet from leg tip to leg tip, theses crabs are not only huge but rather scary, looking more like hard shelled spiders! To the enthusiastic food connoisseur it would make a most tasty and meaty seafood dish and rather than looking at them in awe, it would be more like drooling mouths in anticipation of a feast, as were some of the comments heard! Other interesting exhibits here are the very alien looking Nautilus Shells that look like something out of an alien science fiction story. Did you know that the Nautilus Shell is a prehistoric creature dating back millions of years without much change to their form and structure? Just an interesting fact to consider when you look at them.

Sea Life Bangkok Ocean WorldThere is a pavilion tank along the way to the next zone that is two floors high with a rich collection of sea fish swimming happily. You would expect a mermaid to pop out at any time from among the corals. There are seating spaces for you to take a rest and admire the fish swimming by oblivious to the people gawking at them from the opposite side of the tank. This is the “Living Ocean” zone where you can get onboard a glass bottom boat to take a tour of the vast tunnel tank. It is a guided tour with an English speaking guide who will explain to you all the different marine life currently residing in this huge salt water tank. There are a variety of sharks, eagle rays, trevally, groupers and some other reef and coral fish. You might be interested in some of the facts presented about the marine life while on this glass bottom boat tour at the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World.

Next to this zone is home to some very interesting seahorses including the very rare and elusive “leafy sea dragon” which is actually a very elaborately decorated seahorse and present only in much colder waters especially in Australia and New Zealand. Not even regular divers can often see this particular seahorse but you have the chance to do so right here in Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World! Not all seahorses look alike, some look like floating dead upright leaves and yet others are master at camouflage making it really hard to spot them. You can have a go at trying to see if you can spot some of them in the tanks as we could not even after staring at the tank for quite a few minutes!

From here it is down to the “Amazon and Rainforest” trails where you get a glimpse of huge tropical fishes such as the Arapana which is noted to swallow monkeys whole, a small section of cave dwelling fish and insects including a very lazy cave catfish that looks like it is playing dead. There are also some unusual frogs and toads as well as snakes and a giant tortoise. However, the one fish you must check out is in the tank located to the right of the walk way. It is reputedly one of the oldest living prehistoric fish known to man that looks like a cross between a pterodactyl and a fish. It has a long flat scoop bill and swims with a box like gaping mouth! Quite an unusual specimen to say the least, and worthy of a look.

Next on is the “Rocky Shore” section where you get an eye full of the largest rats on earth and they are about the size of dogs in this case! These water rats are not your average house rats and feed mostly on mollusk and small fish. You can watch out for the feeding times for these water rats as well as the other inhabitants of this section. Then there are also the very lovable penguins and otters who never fail to steal your heart as they play and frolic around.

Sea Life Bangkok Ocean WorldWalking on further, the path then leads on to the large underwater tunnel known as the “Open Ocean” where you can see a pack of swimming sharks grinning to show their full set of teeth, beautiful eagle rays gliding by like flying saucers and these huge sucker fish clinging on to the surface of the tank! There are also many other reef and coral fish swimming by, but off course everyone is anxious to take a picture with the ferocious and huge looking sharks. This long underwater Plexiglas tunnel is one of the main highlights of the whole complex and cleverly extends almost all around. At the other end of the tunnel, there is also a touch pool section for the kids and those curious enough to give it a go. Here you get to feel what a starfish is like, or have a look at a shark’s egg which is just the empty shell really but also rather interesting because it does not look like any ordinary egg. There is a staff on hand to explain to you what is unique about the species. There is also a little section that shows how sea grass is cultivated and the importance it has on the balance of the environment in the sea as well as efforts to grow more of it in the seas around the world.

The last section is reserved specially for the “jellies” and these are not your edible sugar coated jelly and sweets but rather the soft-bodied, graceful jelly fish. Displayed in fluorescent tanks, the fluorescent colors highlight these cute little jelly fish that swim like alien objects gracefully in the water. Looking at them, you wonder if they are capable of thinking with a brain because they look rather intelligent to some extent as they glide effortlessly in the water. The little colorful ones are often seen teeming on the shores in Trat province at certain times of the year, turning the whole sea-front into a colorful mass of bobbing jelly fish. This variety does not sting and make excellent food for the sea turtles who find it very tasty treat.

Within Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World are also many small cafeterias where you can grab a bite or drink while exploring the place. Look out for the feeding shows scheduled at various times of the day for the penguins, water rats, otters, sharks, tropical fish and reef fishes. On the way out there is an awesome 5D cinema with the show “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” which is actually an environmental awareness cartoon BUT what is mind blowing about this short cartoon is the 5D effect which differs from your regular 3D shows. The characters in the screen really pop out and look real enough for you to reach out and touch it, not to mention the wind effects and motion of the chairs you sit on. Also another noteworthy item to go and see while you are visiting Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World. If you are traveling with kids, there are a few small play areas with plenty of kid entertainment equipment such as climbers, swings, seesaws and the likes to keep them entertained, plus ice cream parlors inside to feed off their hunger!

Located one floor below the food court in Siam Paragon, it is easily accessible by the Siam BTS or even a taxi. Tickets can be purchased in advance via thaitourismgImageuide.com online booking services for ease and convenience. It is recommended that you visit both Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World and Madame Tussauds on the same day if you can as they are located in close proximity to each other. These two places are must see places in Bangkok city while you are visiting and considered the main sightseeing attractions in Bangkok. Tours of Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World are part of the tour packages found on most Thailand and Bangkok travel itineraries and for the time you spend there it is a worthwhile sightseeing activity in Bangkok. So do not miss out on these two major attractions of Bangkok City and book your tickets in advance through thaitourismguide.com online booking page to avoid the hassle of running everywhere to get a ticket!