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THE BUDDHIST JEWEL
Tour Overview :
This tour is designed to ensure your most pleasurable travel experience. You will explore some of the most magnificent and inspiring parts of Bangkok, while traveling through the city’s streets. You will discover the real beauty and charm of Bangkok’s Buddhist temples. Marvel at the three royal monasteries listed in every guide book, including the Gold Buddha Image Temple, the Reclining Buddha Image Temple, and the Marble Temple.
Even though Bangkok is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities, a major tourist attraction, and a rapidly developing modern metropolis; it has succeeded in preserving monuments to its traditional Oriental splendor. It miraculously still remains a city of temples and palaces, of golden spires and orange-tiered roofs, of saffron-robed monks and serene Buddha images.
This tour usually starts in the morning so that tourists will be able to see the way people in Bangkok make a living, buy food on the street, and catch the public bus to work. On the way from the hotel to our destination, we will enjoy watching the busy life along the flower market (depends on your hotel location). This itinerary can also be arranged in the afternoon, exposing the visitor to some different, but equally stimulating and rewarding experiences.
There are three sacred Buddhist temples included in the tour.
The first is Wat Trimit, the Temple of the Golden Buddha Image, which is located in Chinatown and is composed of 5 1/2 tons of solid gold. It was cast around 700 years ago during the Sukhothat period, the first kingdom of Thailand. The second is Wat Po, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha Image; considered to be the most beautiful reclining Buddha image in Thailand. It is 45 meters (almost 150 feet) long and 15 meters (50 feet) high. The Temple building was once the site of the first university of Thailand. Finally, we have Wat Benchamabopit, the Marble Temple built of Italian Carrara marble in 1899, by order of King Rama I.
Each of these temples possesses its own uniquely stunning beauty. Each is well worth visiting to admire its exquisite decorative details, reflecting master craftsmanship and cultural achievement.
Departure Date :
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 not specifically mentioned in the day-to-day itinerary or tour inclusions section.
Terms and Conditions :
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.
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
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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.
Any additional charges for second amendment, a nominal fee for our communication and services will be added.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All the women will need to wear Sarong or skirt which covers the knees, or full pants, no sleeveless, no shawl
Men are not allowed to wear shorts and sleeveless
Day by Day Itinerary :
Date 1 : Bangkok - Bangkok
TOUR DURATION 4 HOURS
08.00 Depart by private car to the Gold Buddha temple to observe the most beautiful solid gold Buddha image of Thailand, located in the Chinatown area. Formerly known as "Wat Samjeentai, this temple was built by three Chinese comrades around 150 years ago. It was restored in 1937 and granted the new name of Wat Trimitwitthayaram.
Phra Sukhothaitrimit: The main attraction of the temple is the five and a half ton, three-meter (about 10 feet) tall Sukhothai-style Buddha image. The Gold Buddha is made of solid gold, and the figure appears in the Subduing Mara position. The image was once believed to consist of ordinary stucco, until it fell from a crane while being moved to a new building, exposing the gold inside. It is believed by scholars that the covering was a means of protecting the Golden Buddha from the Burmese, while the capital of Ayutthaya was under siege.
The Buddha image was revealed to be made of solid gold in 1955, while it was being relocated for planned enshrinement in a newly constructed hall. After having been covered with plaster for hundreds of years, in a successful effort to conceal the gold and to protect the Buddha from theft, the gold was accidentally exposed. The temple was restored a few years ago, with the Buddha image now displayed on the top floor of the image hall.
We proceed on our tour by driving through Chinatown to explore the way the Chinese conduct business. The Chinese have been extremely successful in a wide range of commercial activities, especially trading in gold, the food industry and sales of Chinese herbal medicines. Just beyond Chinatown, we encounter another fascinating area, the Flower Market. This is the most popular section of the city to shop for an amazing variety of flowers from all over Thailand – you will definitely want your camera ready to capture sensationally colorful photos.
Arriving next at the Reclining Buddha Temple, Wat Po, we will explore this majestic and splendid royal monastery, marveling at its grandeur! Wat Po was originally a modest and unimposing temple, but it was completely restored and rededicated in 1739 as the royal monastery, at the command of King Rama I. In 1893, it was restored once again, under the orders of King Rama III; converting it into the first university of Thailand. Our tour of this structure and its contents will last about 1 hour. We will begin in the image hall housing the colossal Reclining Buddha, 46 meters (about 153 feet) long [half the length of a football or soccer field] and 15 meters (about 50 feet) high. The figure is constructed of brick and stucco, and gilded with gold leaf. It is incredible magnificent.
The Reclining Buddha in the image hall is awesome, both in its scale and in its impact on the visitor; it is generally considered the most beautiful Buddha image in Thailand. The temple, itself, is the largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok today; resplendent in both its art and its architecture. In addition, Wat Po continues to function as a school for traditional Thai massage. Many tourists go there to experience the ultimate, most renowned massage in the world.
Visitors can also visit the traditional Thai medical science and body massage school in the compound. If you would like to experience authentic traditional Thai massage, it is possible to enjoy it here, or to arrange for the massage school to provide a professional masseur or masseuse to visit you at your hotel. We will also view the Four Great Stupas which are 41 meters (135 feet) high, decorated with color-glazed tiles and Chinese porcelain, and dedicated to the Four Kings of Bangkok. Many other graceful Buddha images will also be seen around the cloisters of the temple.
The last stop on our tour is the Marble Temple. Among the three temples, this is the newest. Intended as the royal monastery, construction began in 1899, at the command of King Rama V. The marble used to construct this temple was imported from Carrera, Italy. The principal Buddha image of this temple is very beautiful; and it is one of the most venerated Buddha images in Bangkok today.
12.30 You can choose between returning to your hotel by private car, or being dropped off to shop.