Destinations to Visit: Bangkok - Ampawa (Samut Songkhram Province).
If you venture south of the sprawling metropolis Bangkok you will be rewarded with shopping trips of a different sort. In the province of Samut Songhkhram you'll find a unique country market situated along railway tracks. Over on the island of Ampawa, look for the Tha Kha floating market, a favorite place for locals and tourists to bargain with traders over produce and other items. There are other things to do in this region as well. For a bit of fresh air you can explore a lychee plantation and ancient temples by bike or take a boat ride through crowded canals. Experience happiness and inner peace by 'making merit', a traditional Thai custom involving the presentation of an alms to a monk.
Day 1: Bangkok - Ampawa. Your day begins with a drive to the garden province of Samut Songhkhram just south of Bangkok. At first, your visit will consist of stops at several markets including the famed Tha Kha floating market (whose waterways can be explored on non-market days as well) before taking a boat ride to a local restaurant for lunch and your resort accommodations. In the late afternoon, you'll ferry across the river to Ampawa Island for a bicycle ride through lychee plantations and past ancient temples prior to returning to the resort for a seafood dinner and shopping at the Ampawa night market (guests who choose to do so can take boat ride along the river to see fireflies, although this activity is optional and not included in package price). Overnight at Chotika Riverfront Resort. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Ampawa - Bangkok. Prepare yourself for an early awakening to 'make merit' by giving alms to local Buddhist monks and take a boat ride through the canals to Damneon Saduak in neighboring Ratchaburi province to visit another busy floating market. The day continues with a paddle boat ride through the busy canals and a return trip to Amphawa by long-tail boat in time for lunch. Before continuing back to Bangkok, visit Rama II Park where a group of typical Thai Houses have been converted to a museum housing an interesting collection of musical instruments, beautiful masks and various household items used by King Rama II. Includes: (B), (L).
Note: This is simply a suggested itinerary, which can easily be customized to suit your schedule, budget, and interests. Please contact us to discuss your tailor-made travel requirements.
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