Day 8 Bangkok (B)
"A full day city tour of Bangkok starting at the Grand Palace built by King Rama I when he ascended the throne in 1782 This Grand Palace is almost identical in every detail to that of the Royal Palace in the former capital of Ayutthaya, which had fallen to the Burmese. After spending the early morning at the Palace we move onto Wat Pho just a short walking distance from the temple, Wat Pho is one of Bangkok's oldest and largest temples housing a gigantic gold plated reclining Buddha with beautifully in laid mother-of-pearl soles. Wat Pho is also regarded as the first centre of public education and is sometimes called Thailand's first University. Mural paintings, inscriptions, and statues found in the temple educate people on varied subjects; for example, literature, warfare, astronomy, meditation, and Thai traditional massage. Note When going to the grand palace please do not wear shorts or sleeveless T-Shirts, long trousers and proper foot wear are required. Walk down to the Chao Phraya River where you will have lunch before taking a scenic boat trip down the river. After lunch head to the house of Jim Thomson an American who stayed in Thailand after the war and set up the Jim Thompson Thai Silk company revitalising the whole Silk industry Jim Thompson stayed in Thailand for 22 years after the war and became one of the most popular post-war legends of Thailand and Asia unfortunately he disappeared without a trace in 1967 whilst on holiday in Malaysia. Jim Thompson's House is one of the best preserved examples of the traditional Thai house and architecture in the city showing a remarkable display of antiques and artworks from all over the Southeast Asian region. Mid afternoon head back to your hotel where you can relax, returning to your hotel."