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THE BUDDHIST TOUCH
Tour Overview :
This trip is designed to introduce the most important activity of the Thais which is offering food to the Buddhist monks. Walk around the fresh market together and visit the highlight of Thailand, the Royal Grand Palace and the temple of the Emerald Buddha image in half a day.
Our trip begins in the early morning. You will be driven by private car from your hotel to the Marble Temple. Each morning before dawn, the monks don their distinctive saffron robes and quietly pad in bare feet along the streets, carry alms bowls and receiving boiled rice and condiments from the citizens of Bangkok. In return, people receive the monks’ blessings of happiness and peace. Returning to the temple the Buddhist monks receive the food from the faithful in front of the temple.
Everyone will have brought some small portions of food to offer to the Buddhist monks. The Buddhist monks are not definitely asking for food, but at this time they offer the faithful Buddhists a chance to earn higher attainment from their good deeds.
We will continue by the car to the local fresh market to explore different varieties of fresh vegetables, meats, seafood, and produce available for sale. After a fascinating stroll in the market, we will stop at a small hotel for international breakfast. Later, we’ll continue by private car to visit the masterpiece of Thailand, the Royal Grand Palace and the temple of the Emerald Buddha Temple.
The Grand Palace tour comprises the two most beautiful places of the Thai Kingdom, the Royal Grand Palace of the Chakkri Kings and the temple of the Emerald Buddha, the palladium of people of Thailand.
The tour will last about 1.30 hours inside the complex. The first section of the tour is the visit of the temple of the Emerald Buddha built in 1782 as the palace temple. The temple was used by the kings and members of the royal family, like the former royal temple in Ayutthaya, Wat Prasrisanpetch and Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn in Bangkok. For the Thais, it is really a treasure house of Thai arts and houses the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.
The temple is the highest ranked royal temple in Thailand, basically used for royal rituals and ceremonies performed by the kings or the members of the royal family. You will have time to absorb the beauty of the temple grounds, Thai architectural style and Chinese influences on Thai architecture. You may also pay homage to the most venerated Emerald Buddha image of the nation.
The Grand Palace and the temple of the Emerald Buddha were built at the same time Bangkok was founded in 1782. This inner-city river landmark contains several buildings with highly detailed architectural features.
Visit local market to buy food offering for alm giving, and visit Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple.
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
- * Meal as mentioned on the itinerary
Tour Exclusion :
- * Other services than mentioned
- * Gratuities, personal expenses, drinks, and other items
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.
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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 : 6.00 - 11.30
06.00 A car will pick you up at your hotel and drive to Marble Temple or Wat Benchamabopit for a very important activity of people in Thailand --- the alms giving. The Thais always go to the market in the morning to buy food and cook food to offer to the Buddhist monks in front of their homes, or they go to the temples to offer food.
The Marble Temple is one of the famous royal monasteries in Bangkok where a lot of people go to perform this meritorious act in the morning. Therefore, it is the great opportunity to join the Thai culture by giving food to the Buddhist monks in front of this temple.
07.00 Depart from the temple for the fresh market where people sell various kinds of vegetables, meats, seafood, as well as food. It will be a good opportunity to observe how the Thais live and experience the local marketplace. It’s fun and fascinating. Then leave the market for breakfast at a small hotel along the way to the Royal Grand Palace.
08.30 Depart from breakfast hotel by private car to visit the Royal Grand Palace compound.
09.00 Start exploring the exquisite temple of the Emerald Buddha image. There are several buildings to be seen -- the Golden Stupa built in 1855 under the command of King Rama IV and where the relics of the Lord Buddha were enshrined, the Library built in 1782 under the command of King Rama I to house the Buddhist Holy manuscripts, the Royal Pantheon built in 1855 by King Rama IV to be the ordination hall but was used as the hall for the deceased kings’ statues.
The highlight of the temple ground is the most venerated Emerald Buddha image housed inside the most beautiful ordination hall of Thailand. The Buddha image was carved from a large piece of green jade discovered in 15th century in the north of Thailand. The mural painting inside the ordination hall is extremely beautiful and is a national treasure. Around the cloister displays numerous murals show the Ramayana story, a Hindu epic.
After the tour inside the temple, move on to the Royal Grand Palace to visit the royal residence of the Chakri Kings from 1782. Only a few buildings are accessible to the public. The Phra Maha Monthien (Great Residence) Group, a group of three glittering structures, was used for many purposes. These include the formal audience hall used for coronations, for royal receptions to receive the heads of state from foreign countries in the past, for celebrations of the king’s birthday. The Chakkri Throne Hall, the main audience hall of King Rama V built in 19th century is the perfect combination of Thai and western style. The Dusit Throne Hall, built in the 18th century to celebrate the anniversaries of the coronation day, has also been used for the lying-in-state functions for many decades. All of these distinctive and majestic structures are really enduring traditions of the Thai Kingdom.
11.00 After your tour is over, take your private car back to your hotel or head off for shopping.