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THE ARTS OF KINGDOM
THE ARTS OF KINGDOM

THE ARTS OF KINGDOM

Price from : 35.00 US - 45.00 US
Duration : half day
Destination : Bangkok
Activities : Historical
Suitable for : Youth , Woman , Teens , Single traveler , Senior , Romance , Group , Gay & Lesbian , First time travelers , Family , Couple , All types of travelers , Adults

Tour Overview :

The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is famous not only for its Renaissance architecture, but equally because its impressive dome houses magnificent frescoes depicting the activities of the Royal House of Chakri Dynasty, from the reign of King Rama I to that of King Rama VI.

 

The Throne Hall is a massive, gleaming white structure, topped with a huge central dome surrounded by six smaller ones; and reminiscent of many historic buildings in Europe and North America.  The front facade of the Throne Hall is approached from the south by a ten-lane wide, tree-lined avenue leading up to it.

 

Inside the Throne Hall, the Kingdom’s artistic masterpieces are on display; created by the finest artists from villages all over the country.  These artists were encouraged and trained by the Support Training Center at the Chitralada Villa of Dusit Palace in Bangkok, under the royal patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. You will be totally amazed by the impressive quality and variety of art to be seen inside the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall.

 

This tour can be arranged either in the morning or in the afternoon, or combined with other tours.

Highlight :

Exhibition of fine Thai handicrafts; wonderful silver and gold artifacts; as well as very fine basketwork, pottery, leatherwork, Thai silks, ceramics and wood carving. Which all are the Kingdom's artistic masterpieces.

Departure Date :

Daily except public holiday

Tour Inclusion :

* Private tour and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle

* English speaking guide

* 1 bottle of water and cold towel

Tour Exclusion :

* Other services than mentioned

* Gratuities, personal expenses, drinks, and other items

Terms and Conditions :

DEPOSITS

A deposit of 50% of the tour price per person by credit card or bank transfer plus bank charges (processing fees) is required upon confirmation of your booking, or at least three weeks prior to clients’ arrival or any option date given in our reply facsimile of e-mail at the time of booking.  Once a deposit is received it is understood that you have read, understood and accepted all our Terms and Conditions.

 

PAYMENTS

The remaining balance of the tour price (50%) is due upon your arrival in Thailand, payable at our Essence of Asia-Travel office in Bangkok. Cash is preferred to reduce any processing fees that may affect your cost.

Payment can be by bank draft or Swift transfer pay-in to our bank account.

Any payment for tours, hotels, air tickets or other services will be made after the clients agree to the price. To confirm any booking the payments must be made in advance before your arrival in Bangkok or others city as stated on the program. That means we can guarantee all arrangements.

If payments made by bank transfer, to confirm those payments the clients must fax to us the bank slip to the fax number (++66 2 628 6812) and our accountant can follow monies.

 

CREDIT CARD PAYMENT

We accept MASTER, VISA and AMERICAN EXPRESS, DISCOVERY for credit cards payment by PAYPAL. If you prefer to pay by credit card online, please click here to pay PAYPAL and full fill your credit card, secure online authorization guaranteed. We must have express permission to charge your credit card for the amount of services on the mentioned dates.

Notes: When you pay by Credit Card, please add 3% of bank commission (see payment guide).....

REMARK: All bank service charges will be born by the payee.

1. If payment is by credit card, an additional 3 – 5% will be added on to our rates given.

2. Name of bank and account number Essence of Asia-Travel

3. Bank draft or cashier’s cheque to be mailed to Essence of Asia-Travel

4. Company cheques or personal cheques are not acceptable.

 

REFUND – CANCELLATION

All cancellations must be received in writing, sent to us via fax or email. The following rules apply for cancellations:

1. Deposits are fully refundable if our office in Bangkok receives the amendment or collation not less than 60 days in advance.

2. More than fourteen (14) days and less than Twenty one (21) days prior to departure: The total deposit paid to us (20% or US$ 200) less the administrative fee in accordance with canceling advanced arrangements, will be valid for o¬ne (1) year from the date the deposit was received. During this time (365 days) the amount can be applied to other tours and services. After o¬ne (1) year the deposit amount is forfeited.

3. less than fourteen (14) days prior to departure: Complete forfeiture of deposit, due to hotel charges for no-shows and organizing fees.

Cancellation fees will be levied according to the time cancellation is made.

4. No refund or reduction will be made to any member of GROUP / FIT who breaks the journey from the itinerary or any part of the itinerary in Thailand, Myanmar or Indochina.

5. Once the trip has commenced, no refund can be given for any unused portion of the trip.

 

AMENDMENTS:

Any additional charges for second amendment, a nominal fee for our communication and services will be added.

 

UNUSED SERVICES

No refunds or exchanges can be made with respect to accommodation, meals, sightseeing tours, transport or any other services, included in the tour price, but not utilized by the tour members.

Travel documents will be compiled after the deposit has been received and are sent two or three weeks prior to departure. These documents will be sent via email, and should be printed out by participants and retained as a receipt.

 

PEAK SEASON SUPPLEMENTS

During the tourist high season in Thailand from November until April all hotels will add a high-season supplement charge to the annual contract room rates. Full payment should be made before guests arrive, plus the cost of the compulsory Gala Dinners on Christmas and New Year's Eve. These surcharges will be added to our contract rate to you when your booking is confirmed.

 

AIR TRANSPORTATION

Other local carrier in each country is included as mentioned in the itinerary. Air schedules are subject to change and ESSENCE OF ASIA-TRAVEL cannot be held responsible for any problems caused by such changes for delays.

 

RATES:

All rates are quoted in US Dollars (USD) or Thai Baht (THB) net and rates descriptions are based on our own contract rates. We reserve the right to change rates given without prior notice.

 

VALIDITY

This information is valid at the time of publication but is subject to change without prior notice. However, should any changes occur, they will be posted o¬n the website immediately. However, should the Terms and Conditions change after the deposit is paid, the Terms and Conditions under which the deposit was paid shall apply.

Remark :

Proper attire is required: Women must wear a sarong or skirt which covers the knees.  Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves.

Day by Day Itinerary :

Date 1 : 8.00 - 11.00

08.00   Depart from the hotel by private car to the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall.

 

09.00   Tour the interior of this splendid architectural achievement. This Renaissance building was inspired and constructed by Rama V in 1907. It was originally intended to be used as an assembly hall for royal receptions. The Italian architect, Tamango, designed The Ananta Samakhom (Anantasamakom) Throne Hall and National Assembly Building, in the Renaissance style.  

Ceiling frescoes create the impression of a “Sistene Chapel of Thailand.” The frescoes depict the Chakri Dynasty, and feature important works of art in the domes commissioned by King Rama I and King Rama VI. The rotunda above the Royal Throne also contains an image of the Lord Buddha which has been used for state ceremonies. From 1907 to 1915 a team of Italian architects collaborated on the design of the marble throne hall.  

Construction was completed during the next reign. The building serves as a venue for royal and state ceremonies, and was once used as the National Assembly, before that was moved to the new building behind it. After 1932, it became the official seat of the National Assembly; but the kingdom of Thailand has had eighteen coups since then.

On July 21, 1976, the SUPPORT foundation of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit was officially established to promote local arts and crafts, also providing assistance in supplementing the income of underprivileged families. During regular regional visits, Her Majesty would meet with villagers to informally listen to their opinions and problems, while inspecting their latest handiwork.

The Queen met with promising new artists, who would later be sent to train in Bangkok.  With such encouragement, villagers were excited and willing to cultivate even greater skills for handling more intricate designs, from weaving to Yan Lipao basketry, and complicated wooden carvings.

In 1979, the SUPPORT Training Center at Chitralada Villa of Dusit Palace in Bangkok was founded. Leading artisans in traditional fields of arts and crafts provided further skills training to selected students from villages. These students would then return to their own communities and share their newly acquired knowledge. 

Her Majesty the Queen also encouraged the restoration and maintenance of traditional arts in each region, especially those regarded as possessing great significance to the national heritage. The SUPPORT Training Center, therefore, performs a key function in preserving ancient arts which were in danger of extinction. After a decade of contributions, the SUPPORT Training Center on the grounds of Chitralada Villa of Dusit Palace celebrated with a grand exhibition, followed by a series of additional exhibitions in later years.

The rear half of the building features a museum highlighting fine Thai handicrafts; wonderful silver and gold artifacts; as well as very fine basketwork, pottery, leatherwork, ceramics and wood carving. There is also an intriguing display of doll's house-sized items, perfect in every minute detail.

 

10.00   Return to the hotel, or you may choose to be dropped off for shopping or other activities.

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