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EXPLORE AN “UNTOUCHED BANGKOK” IN TUK TUK AND FLOATING MARKET

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Out of the usual classic tour, explore Bangkok like never before! Discover a new side of Bangkok on this full-day excursion by Tuk Tuk. Follow your English-speaking guide through the main monuments of the capital and continue to one of the "highlights" of your visit to Thailand, the floating market. Temples, architecture, traditional village, and unforgettable memories are planned for the day.

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    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Everything about ancient Bangkok in Tuk Tuk.
    • Out of the usual classic style, exploring a charmful Bangkok ever!
    • Visit a village with traditional monks’ alms bowl hand-made for nearly a century.
    • Visit Floating market with the most natural characteristic, Taling Chan.
    • Experience in local Thai ferry transfer and BTS Sky Train.

    Explore the authentic and traditional side of Bangkok with our unique full-day Tuk-Tuk tour.

    At 8:00 am, your guide will meet you in front of your hotel for your sightseeing tour through the streets of Bangkok.

    Explore the vibrant capital in a tuk-tuk, one of the most traditional vehicles in South-East Asia, and discover the most authentic area of Bangkok. Start with the lively neighborhood of Banglampoo, passing Khao San Road, known for its backpacker enclave, and Phra Sumeru Fortress. Set amongst the peaceful verdant gardens of Santi Chai Prakan Park, the Phra Sumen Fortress is one of the original fortifications that once surrounded the old city of Rattanakosin. It now stands as an everlasting witness of the mutations that Thai culture undergoes in the heart of one of Asia’s most thriving and busy cities. Finally, stop at Wat Bowonniwet, a major Buddhist temple where many royal princes and kings studied and served their monkhood.

    Progressing in the old streets of Bangkok, you’ll get to visit the breathtaking Wat Traimit, also known as the Golden Buddha (whose traditional name is Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon). It’s the largest solid gold statue in the world, and one of the most precious treasures of Thailand and the Buddhist religion.

    You’ll explore the hidden alleys, see the traditional monks’ alms bowl that was made from scratch in Bangkok’s only remaining workshop, and climb 108 steps to the top of the Golden Mount. Once a fortress to protect the old city from Burmese invaders with its 360-degree Bangkok views, it’s today an incredible viewpoint to admire the city from above.

    In the afternoon, accompanied by your guide, the transfer to Taling Chang Pier, a beautiful province of Bangkok (30 minutes by ferry).

    You will discover the lively atmosphere of the Taling Chang, a very authentic floating market close to Bangrak. It’s a real gem of Thai culture, not yet altered by the striking transformations that every tourist place inevitably undergoes. The floating market of Taling Chan is definitely a fascinating place where you can spend several hours visiting Thai villages.

    At the end of your visit, disembark at the pier and return to your hotel by the BTS Skytrain.

    Useful Information
    Full day, start from 8:00am
    English Speaking Guide.
    Fun activites in Bangkok in Tuk Tuk are provided
    Taling Chan floating market in pirogue / long-tail pirogue.
    Pick up and drop off at your Hotel.
    Group or private activity are available upon your request.

    Q&A

    Official Language: Thaï
    Political System: Constitutional monarchy
    Capital: Bangkok
    Surface: 514 000 Km2
    Population: 69 800 000 (June 2021)
    Currency: Bath (TBH)
    Telephone code: +66

    Thai Bath is the national currency. But the US Dollar is also accepted throughout the country and prices are generally displayed in dollars. In the case of a payment in Dollar, the currency will be returned to you in Bath. The Euro and other foreign currencies are easily changeable at airports and markets. Credit cards are now widely used in tourist cities and you can withdraw Dollars. 

    Cash withdrawals are possible in major cities, with a credit card (Visa or American Express). Payments are also possible, in some hotels, luxury shops, or in restaurants. But the cost of the levies (variables) remains quite important (commission of 3%). We advise you to have with you cash allowing you to face your personal expenses during all the duration of the trip.

    Thailand’s economy is, according to the IMF, an emerging market economy, highly dependent on its exports, which represent more than half of the GDP, which in 2015 was $654 billion. To date, Thailand is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia, after Indonesia but ahead of Malaysia. Thailand’s recovery since the Asian economic crisis of 1997 is reflected in particular in specialization in certain export sectors such as car manufacturing, the agri-food industry, electronics or which allow large quantities of foreign currency to enter the country, such as tourism. Thailand’s GDP growth since the beginning of the 21st century has been between -2% and 8%.
    Thai cuisine is very famous: fragrant because it uses a multitude of herbs and roots. Due to its proximity to the sea, the country is rich in seafood, fish, but also farm produce, vegetables, herbs, spices and fruits. The basis of Thai cuisine dishes remains rice, but the most important thing is the balance of flavors between sour, sweet, sweet, sweet, bitter and spicy.

    Thailand covers an area of 513,000 km2 with a distance of 2,000 km from north to south. It borders Laos (East and North-East), Cambodia (South-East), Malaysia (South), and Myanmar (North-West and West).

    Thailand is deeply influenced by Buddhism theravāda, an official religion practiced by almost the entire population (4% Muslims and less than 1% Christians). There is also a great durability of animist beliefs. They are manifested in the belief in magic amulets and in the domestic worship of “spirits of the place” (chao thi), to which are dedicated the houses of spirits, small kiosks in front of houses or shops (when possible) and which Thais thank or pray every day if they can by offerings (necklaces of flowers and food). Most of the country’s festivals are celebrated on the same dates each year, some festivals like the New Year Thai, follow the lunar calendar and move a few days before or after each year.

    No vaccination is required. However, it is recommended to protect yourself against hepatitis A and B (ask your doctor for advice). We advise you to bring your own:

    of a broad-spectrum antibiotic;
    of your usual medications if you are undergoing treatment;
    an anti-diarrheal and an intestinal antiseptic (Intetrix, Immodium…);
    a protective cream against mosquitoes;
    moisturizing sunscreen, lip stick;
    a healing ointment and a local antiseptic.

    Water is not drinkable in Southeast Asia. Avoid tap water, require bottled water. It is harmless and safe to brush your teeth, but do not drink it.
    The kingdom of Siam became a constitutional monarchy in 1932, six years before it became Thailand. Since then, the balance between the royal power, the army and the democratic camp has remained precarious, and no fewer than 20 coups d’état have been attempted or succeeded by the armed forces. Bhumibol Adulyadej crowned in 1950 under the dynastic name of Rama IX, was king of Thailand from 1946 to 2016. A constitutional sovereign, he is the head of state and protector of the religions of Thailand. Upon his death in October 2016, his son Rama X became the new king of Thailand.

    Originally, Thais would have come from southern China (Yunnan province) from the 16th century. However, the Thai language is not related to Chinese. It belongs to the Tai group of the so-called Kam-tai branch of the Tai-kadai language family. While the official language spoken by at least 85% of the population is Thai, linguists count more than 60 languages in Thailand. Thai or Thai is close to the two Lao dialects spoken in Laos (the most important of which is Lao Soung before Lao Soum), The second mother tongue is Chinese, a language present in two dialects (between 1 and 2 million speakers), including Hakka, with about 70,000 speakers. English is the second administrative and commercial language, and is spoken in the second language by 3,500,000 actual or partial speakers.

    MINI GLOSSARY

    Hello woman (kaa) and man (krab): Sawat dee kaa / krab
    Thank you for women (aka man krab): Korp koon kaa / krab
    How much: Thao Rai?
    Expensive: Pearng
    Cheap: Thuuk
    My name is : Di / Phom (Women / Men) Chan

    The mobile telephone network now covers a very large part of the country. You can therefore use your mobile phone in Thailand. In addition, the Internet has made its entry into daily life. Most tourist sites are equipped, hotels and restaurants have Wi-Fi.
    The land of smiles offers a wide choice of artisan products that can be found on the markets, in the shops or directly at workshops. It is mainly handicrafts, silk and jewelry.
    Tipping is not mandatory but is commonly practiced (between 10 and 15% of the price). As an indication we recommend 5$ per day and per person for the guide and 3$ per day and per person for the drivers for small groups of less than 10 people. For groups of more than 10 people we recommend $3 per day per person for the guide and $2 per day per person for the driver.

    No special rights to pay for photographing or filming in Thailand. In some places, photos are prohibited … thank you to carefully follow the instructions on this subject, to avoid any inconvenience.

    Concerning drones: To date, it is prohibited to import a drone into the country itself for recreational use without prior authorization subject to costs.

    220V with several possible socket types: two flat plugs, two round plugs or three plugs. Plan to bring a universal adapter. Power cuts occur, but most hotels have their own generators.

    On your way, you will often have the opportunity to meet local people. Wherever you are, be discreet and humble. The multiplicity of cultures and traditions means that certain attitudes are perceived differently in different countries. To avoid being disrespectful, take the time to understand the people you meet, take the time to make connections. There too, listen to the advice of your guide! 

    He knows better than anyone the behaviors to avoid or adopt. For example, if you want to take a picture of someone, always ask them for permission. The best way for acceptance is to have established a prior contact. Similarly, do not distribute gifts at all … This often encourages children to beg, to avoid this kind of drift, it is better to refer to the local structures competent (donate to school, hospital, village chief etc.). Finally, be careful not to wear too light clothing (short shorts, cleavage …) and avoid exuberant behavior