What better way to start a tour of Bangkok than heading right to the (some may say quite literal) soul of the city? The City Pillar Shrine was constructed in 1782, when King Rama I moved the capital of Thailand from Thonburi to Bangkok. Many such pillars can be found in Thailand, and ancient beliefs say the shrine houses the city's guardian spirit.

Stroll past the Grand Palace before reaching the beautiful Wat Pho. The large temple complex of Wat Pho is most famous for its Reclining Buddha statue. Not only does the temple have a wonderful range of statues, both of Buddha and some more unusual subjects (Marco Polo for example), there are also chedi decorated in a kaleidoscope of colours, and even two massage pavilions. Whilst massage pavilions might seem like a slightly peculiar addition to a temple, Wat Pho is also the national headquarters for the teaching and preservation of Thai medicine, which includes massage.

Make your way to Tha Tien, Bangkok's oldest market which was once the delivery port for supplies for the palace. The market is still bustling, and specialises in dried fish and marine produce. Wind your way past the stalls, and take the opportunity to try some local speciality snacks.

After a short ferry ride across the river, visit Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of the Dawn. The temple's main tower is one of the most iconic sites on the Chao Phraya, and up close you can see the intricate mosaics made with Chinese porcelain, which encase the exterior of the tower. Climb the pagoda to take in amazing views back across the river to the Grand Palace.

Please note that this trip is flexible, and you will be able to discuss options with your guide locally. Drinks, snacks and all transportation costs are included. At the religious sites, shoulders and knees should be covered, and you will need to remove your shoes to enter some of the temples.

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