Discover Bangkok's top local attractions, such as the majestic Golden Mount Temple and the Baan Krua village. Take a canal boat ride along the Khlong Saen Saep, see the home of Jim Thompson, founder of the Thai Silk Company, and then visit a local silk shop that supplied for the company.
Your morning tour begins with a visit to the Wat Saket Buddhist Temple, where you can watch the monks performing their morning chant rituals. Continue with a short climb to the Golden Mount Temple, enjoying breathtaking views of Ratanakosin Island while listening to the varied tones of hundreds of chiming temple bells.
Take a leisurely walk to Soi Ban Batra, Thailand's last community that makes batra—traditional Buddhist alms bowls. Board a local shuttle boat and enjoy a ride along the Khlong Saen Saep canal. Cruise to the Jim Thompson House, former residence of Jim Thompson, founder of the Thai Silk Company. Take a guided tour of the house and marvel at the impressive collection of Asian antiques.
Cross the canal to Baan Krua, a Cham Muslim community whose artisans supplied silk for Jim Thompson's company. Get to know some of the original weaving families, and learn about their history and traditions. Visit local houses, watch artisans at work, and look for unique Thai souvenirs at the local silk shop before returning to your hotel.