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Thailand Religious Studies Tour

With its many ornate Buddhist temples, Thailand is a superb destination for a religious studies tour.

Here are more details of an example tour itinerary as a starting point, but at Kipling Tours, we can tailor-make any itinerary just for you.

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  • Day 1

    Depart from the UK

    Today you depart on your overnight flight to Bangkok.

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Bangkok

    You arrive in Bangkok this morning and transfer to your central hotel. The afternoon will be free to relax after the long flight while in the evening you dine at a traditional Thai restaurant and can explore the markets on the Sukhumvit Road.

  • Day 3

    Wat Po and Wat Arun

    This morning you visit the most famous of the temples on the Chao Phraya River. Wat Arun was built in the days of Thailand's ancient capital of Ayutthaya. The outstanding feature of Wat Arun is its central pagoda which is about 80 meters tall and symbolizes the legendary Mount Meru, the centre of the universe. Across the river, Wat Po was founded in the seventeenth century, making it the oldest temple in Bangkok. It is most famous for its huge reclining gold Buddha.

    After lunch, you visit the Wat Saket temple, commonly known as the Golden Mount. Sitting on top of a hill, there are 318 steps to climb to the temple which commands a fine view over the city. The Grand Palace and Wat Arun can be seen in one direction, while the skyscrapers and the modern Silom financial district can be seen in the other direction. After exploring the temple and admiring the views, you descend and then return to your hotel by taking the public speed boat service along the canals which avoids the worst of Bangkok’s traffic.

  • Day 4

    Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple

    This morning you visit the Grand Palace which dates from 1782 and the reign of King Rama I, the founder of Chakri Dynasty. The Grand Palace served as the main royal residence until 1925 and is now used for ceremonial purposes. Probably the most visited landmark in Thailand, it is the architectural symbol of the country. In the afternoon, you visit the temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Gaeo in Thai. This is a temple which has been constructed to house a Buddha image carved incredibly from a large solid piece of green jade. You then have some free time at one of Bangkok’s glitzy shopping malls before dinner in the evening.

  • Day 5

    Ayuttaya

    Today you spend a full day at the historic city of Ayutthaya. Founded in 1350, it was the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom and flourished from the 14th to the 18th centuries, during which time it grew to be a centre of commerce. Ayutthaya was strategically located on an island surrounded by three rivers and because it was located above the tidal bore of the Gulf of Siam it prevented an attack of the city by the warships of other nations. The city was attacked by the Burmese army in 1767 who burned the city to the ground and forced the inhabitants to abandon the city. The city was never rebuilt in the same location and remains known today as an extensive historical site.

  • Day 6

    Golden Buddha Temple and Chinatown

    This morning you visit the temple of Wat Traimit, more commonly known as the Golden Buddha Temple Situated at one end of Chinatown, the Buddha is the world's largest solid gold Buddha image, made of almost pure gold and weighing five and a half tons. After lunch, there will be a guided walking tour to explore China Town with its myriad of narrow alleyways and shops selling everything under the sun.

  • Day 7

    Pattaya - evening departure

    This morning you transfer by coach to Pattaya for a day at the beach. Pattaya is cosmopolitan city with a pleasant beach and warm tropical seas and the ideal place to relax. The sea front strip has many excellent restaurants and we can have dinner here before transferring to the airport for the homeward flight.

  • Day 8

    Arrive Home

    Your flight arrives back home today

Prices start from

£1695 for an 8 day tour

Half board basis including flights, local English speaking guides, all admissions and local transport by private coach.

includes flights

  • The Landmark Hotel

    Excellent hotel on Sukhumvit Road within 5 minutes walk of the Sky Train

    The Landmark Bangkok Hotel is conveniently located on the Sukhumvit Road and within a few minutes walk of Nana Plaza skytrain station.   Just opposite the popular Sukhumvit night market, the 31 storey hotel has over 400 rooms, all of which have a great view over the city.

     

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