Sightseeing Tours to Experience the Best of Bangkok

If you are visiting Bangkok as a tourist there is so much to see and do that it’s very unlikely that you’ll even begin to scratch the surface of a must see list in a single visit (which is a very good excuse to come back again) And while there is a lot to be said of the adventure involved in discovering things all by yourself, a guided tour or planned excursion can be a great way to see some of the best of Bangkok and learn from the people who live and work there.

There are lots of these kinds of tours on offer, and it really will pay to explore your options, but to get you started here are some excellent choices we can recommend.

Bangkok City Temples Tour

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There are a great many beautiful temples in Bangkok, but this tour is an especially good choice as it allows you to visit three of the most important and spectacular of them; Wat Trimitr, Wat Pho and Wat Benjabophit in a single day.

Wat Traimit is home to an astonishing five ton statue of the Golden Buddha that is literally crafted only from solid gold. Wat Pho boasts a world famous massage school and the much lauded Reclining Buddha statue and Wat Benjabophit is famed for the beautiful images that line the cloister walls behind its shining white marble facade.

In addition to the three temples, this three and a half hour tour takes in the most holy of the religious sites in the city, The Grand Palace, which, among the many other wonders and treasures housed within its 61 acres, is home to the great Emerald Buddha, a spiritual icon crafted completely from jade.

Ayutthaya by River Sun Cruise

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Between the 14th and 18th centuries the Siamese city of Ayutthaya was the political and trade capital of Southeast Asia. Although decimated by war it still houses some of the most spectacular ruins and crumbling places. Walking the streets is an awesome experience, as it is easy to envision just how grand and dominant these buildings must have been before they were sacked and burned by the Burmese.

The great appeal of this particular tour is that it is enjoyable and informative but also supremely relaxing. The morning is spent exploring the city with experts who can paint an even more vivid picture of the city’s former splendor for you, while the afternoon is spent on a luxury cruiser and you can eat, drink or just sunbathe and meditate to your heart’s content.

Bangkok River Kwai Tour

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The land of Kanchanaburi is steeped in history, both ancient and modern, and this ten hour tour guides visitors through much of it without ever making them feel rushed (the mark of a really good tour.)

Many Westerners are excited to see the famed Bridge over the River Kwai and the Death Railway. What they are less prepared for though is just how verdant and beautiful that surrounds these historic landmarks is. Part of this tour involves boarding a traditional longboat for a lazy ride down the idyllic Kwai Noi River that takes visitors through dense tropical jungle lands, past shimmering waterfalls and through breathtaking caverns.

Tour participants then board a train for a ride along the Death Railway itself, a journey that leads you to realize that despite it’s ominous name the tracks over one of the most scenic railways journeys to be found anywhere in the world.

Siam Ocean World

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Siam Ocean World is home to one of the largest underground aquariums in the world, so even spending the whole day here will mean seeing less than half of it. But no mind, as what you do manage to see will dazzle you more than you could have imagined a visit to a marine park ever could.

Over 30,000 curious and beautiful looking creatures inhabit the waters of Siam Ocean World. They all live in one of seven special sections, each of which is themed appropriately depending upon where the creatures originate from.

You will see everything from tiny anemones to big sharks, striped frogfish to blind cave fish and a myriad of aquatic wonders in between. Expert guides will teach you all about what the creatures are and how they live, giving you an insight that goes far beyond reading information off a card.

You don’t have to just look at the exhibits though. For slightly braver souls there is the ‘Open Ocean’ , a place where you can dive right in and interact with the aquariums residents directly.

Bangkok Beauty Secrets Revealed

The seemingly timeless beauty of Thai women of all ages is something that is remarked upon often in beauty and style magazines all over the world as well as by Western visitors to Thailand, especially when visiting Bangkok where it seems a beautiful woman is always just in front of you.

So what is it that Bangkok women do that makes them look so beautiful at any age? What are their tricks for that dewy looking skin and beautifully enhanced eyes? Here we can let you in on just a few of their ‘secrets’.

The Double Cleanse

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Women in the East are always very concerned about the importance of a clean visage, so much so that on average a woman in Thailand will happily spend four times more than her Western counterparts on cleansers, toners and moisturizers. And one cleanse every session is never considered enough.

The ‘Double Cleanse‘ begins with massaging a cleansing oil onto the skin of the face and neck (there are lots of great options available in Bangkok). Once this has been allowed to absorb for a few minutes a face wash, usually one containing natural ingredients, is used and washed off. Then the face and neck area is washed with plain lukewarm water. After drying off an exfoliating powder, often containing things like green tea and papaya extract is used to remove any last traces of dead skin and helps achieve the ‘porcelain doll’ looking skin that Thai women are so famous for.

BB Creams

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BB Creams have been around in Thailand for years, but it is only very recently that they have begun appearing in the West and although the Westernized versions are OK the original Asian products are usually still the best.

What are BB Creams? The BB stands for Blemish Balm but essentially this is an all in one, foundation like formula that basically takes the place of a number of other cosmetics, including moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, skin treatment, concealer, and foundation. The finished ‘look’ is not as heavy as a traditional foundation produces though and so it tends to be a more natural looking effect.

Pearl Powder

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Another very old Thai beauty secret (this one is centuries old) is the use of pearl powder. Pearl powder is, in actual fact, both taken internally, in capsule form, and applied topically as a finishing powder. When ingested it provides minerals and amino acids that are essential for healthy, youthful skin.

When used as a powder, pearl powder actually diffuses the light as it hits the skin, blurring little imperfections and balancing out any unevenness in skin tone. It’s best when used in conjunction with a BB cream as the combination of the two creates an effect that really is rather stunning.

Blended, Stunning Shadows

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Perfectly blended eyeshadow is a trick that takes a little practice but it is an art in which Thai women are well versed, creating an eye look that is flawless, with two or three colors blending together to create a beautiful whole.

Abundant eyelashes are important to the Thai woman’s look as well. Younger women still tend to make great use of luxuriously long false lashes while older ladies opt for a dark mascara and apply several coats. Ask for free makeup samples to practice!

Bold, Bright Lips

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Bold lip colors are another hallmark of the ‘Thai look’. In the past reds have been the popular and commonly seen choice but thanks to the likes of the 28 year old Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, the Thai princess who is also a fashion designer and style icon for the nation, darker colors are currently in vogue, especially since the Princess has often been seen sporting to great effect.