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Where Gabby’s Been: April 9-14, 2018

We are on an exciting trip and while we are away, Steve Miller is hosting the radio show-with great guests, talk and prizes. I am just giving you some highlights but of course, more when I return.

First stop is Bangkok Thailand where we will spend a few days before we sail on Oceania on our tour.
We will visit Singapore, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India on this adventure.

 

Monday Apr. 9, 2018

Meals Provided:  B
Bangkok
3 Travelers

Get an early start this morning (06:00) for the 90-minute drive to Damnoen Saduak, the largest and most colorful floating market in the Kingdom. Your early start will help you beat the crowds visiting this popular market. En route, you will have the opportunity to view the countryside’s endless rice paddies and shrimp farms. At the market, spend a couple of hours wandering through the canals with your guide exploring vendors goods and sampling one of their many delicacies, including a bowl of noodle soup.

After your fill of the floating market, continue by car for approximately 25 minutes arriving at the Railway Track Market in time for the 11:10 train. One of Asia’s most unusual markets, the vendors line and cover the railway track but when the train arrives they ‘retract’ the stalls very quickly before reassembling them as if nothing has happened. It is one of the most unique scenes and experiences for visitors to Thailand and you will be able to meander through the wet market adjacent to the train station and learn about the interesting and fresh items from your guide. Trains arrive only four times daily at 08:30, 11:10, 14:30 and 17:40, so timing this properly is very important.

Finish the day with a long-tail boat trip up the Mae Klong River, passing charming scenes of local Thai life stopping at Wat Bang Kung to explore a small chapel that is completely enclosed within the roots of a banyan tree. Visit the King Rama II Memorial Park and Museum, housing art objects of the 18th century in four buildings that feature classical Thai architecture. Each of the four rooms displays exhibits on court life during this period.

Afterwards drive about 2hrs back to Bangkok  where you can relax before your tour this evening.

Overnight at the Millennium Hilton (Two Deluxe River View Rooms – One Single King + One Twin) – Bangkok

Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018

Meals Provided:  B
Bangkok
5 Travelers for Below Tour

This morning after a breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide for a full day of sightseeing in Bangkok by its waterways, discovering why Bangkok is known as the “Venice of the East.”

Travel by public river-taxi on the River of Kings to the Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market, a great place to people watch and take photographs. Continue to the revered Grand Palace complex, once the home of Thai royalty. Spend some time exploring the palace’s numerous halls and pavilions with their colorful mosaics and glittering spires. Also visit the magnificent royal chapel of Wat Phra Kaeo, housing the most sacred Buddha image in all of Thailand.

Please note the Grand Palace is the most famous tourist attraction in Bangkok and can be incredibly crowded with tourists, taking away from the overall experience. Unless you have a strong interest in visiting this site, we recommend that you journey by the Grand Palace, enjoying stunning views from the outside, allowing yourself more time to explore less visited, yet still very interesting sites. This can be a discussion you have directly with your guide.

Continue to Wat Po, one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples, located next to the Grand Palace. The temple houses the gigantic, gold-plated Reclining Buddha and is the headquarters of the Traditional Medicine Practitioners of Bangkok.

After a break for a lunch of tasty Thai specialties at a favorite local restaurant (on own expense), visit Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. Dating back to the Ayutthaya period, this is one of the best-known temples in Bangkok. The tall, elongated central Khmer-style tower is surrounded by four minor towers, symbolizing Mount Meru, the earthly representation of the 33 heavens. Here, you’ll find pavilions containing statues of the Buddha at the most important stages of life. The beautiful architecture and fine craftsmanship mark Wat Arun as one of the most remarkable temples in Thailand.

Early this afternoon, depart by long-tail boat and embark on a klong tour, a great way to observe local life along the canals and stop at a kind of local artist community called Khlong Bang Luang. Well-preserved wooden homes more than a century old and historic temples join smaller art studios, vintage antique galleries, a tiny guesthouse and several family-run cafes. The centerpiece of the Khlong Bang Luang community is Baan Silapin (Artists House), which occupies a traditional two-story wooden building set beside the canal and centered around a 300-plus-year-old chedi. It typically houses casual exhibitions (usually paintings) while prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture and everything in between are on show as well.

You will then transfer back to your hotel with the evening at leisure.

Overnight at the Millennium Hilton (Two Deluxe River View Rooms – One Single King + One Twin) – Bangkok

Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018

Meals Provided:  B
Bangkok / Depart

This morning you will transfer on your own arrangements to your cruise. If you need any transferring assistance, please advise.

DINING:

We are lucky enough to have reservations at Gaggan, the number 1 rated restaurant of the top 50 in Asia.

And another top-rated spot we go to is Vertigo-53 stories up, open air with a view of the entire city.

Of course details of all will be coming.

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