Sightseeing Tours

Enhance your golf holiday by joining one of our cultural sightseeing tours. Get to learn the people, food and culture.

Bangkok Night Tour (China Town) – (min. 2 Persons)

Bangkok Night Tour (China Town Area) with personal English speaking guide, dinner, drinks and all transfers.
Golfasian’s night tour of Bangkok’s exotic Chinatown will start when your English-speaking guide collects you from the hotel reception at 5pm. He/she will escort you throughout the modern Metro complex (Sky Train and Underground) culminating at Hua Lam Pong station which was built in the early 1900s and is considered the birthplace of Bangkok’s modern transport infrastructure. In those early days the train was the only major route into the capital apart from by boat. First timers to Bangkok must have felt much like those sailing past the Statue of Liberty seeking fame and fortune in The Big Apple. A brief inspection of this famous station is followed by a walk along the canal where street vendors sell a variety of dishes from all over Thailand aimed at Thais who still miss the tastes and smells of home. Try not to be put off by the crickets, worms and various insects on show; they are a great source of protein and highly prized!
Next you’ll visit Wat Traimit an incredibly beautiful Buddhist temple in the midst of the busy streets of China Town. This temple is the starting point for gold trading in town where hundreds of shops offer various kinds of gold ornaments and decorative pieces. Because food is so culturally important to Thais, at night the whole area of China Town turns into a festival of street cuisine with dozens of vendors improvising traditional dishes on gas burners from a wheeled cart. You’ll see every possible ingredient: Fish Maw (fish maw is the commercial term for the dried swim bladders of large fish like croaker and sturgeon), Bird’s Nest, Chinese Sausages, Shredded Pork and Preserved Meat in various forms are foods native to the area. You’ll sense the energy of China Town, a place that envelopes you with nique sights and sounds 24 hours a day.
By now you’ll be peckish so a short trip follows by Thailand’s famous local taxi, the Tuk Tuk, to the next spot for dinner. You’ll savour Bangkok’s famous “Tip Samai Pad Thai”, your chef stir frying Pad Thai over charcoal coals. You may have eaten Pad Thai before but all the locals agree this is the best. No reservations can be made in advance and there may be a queue but we promise you won’t be disappointed (you may choose something else, simply ask your guide).
Your tour will continue after dinner exploring the historic Royal Avenue used as the Kingdom’s first racetrack in the early 1900s.  Now it is the site of Provincial Government and the majority of significant Ministries in elaborate and imposing buildings; frequently an area where the people gather for either protest or political approval. Stop for a drink at the famous night market at Soi Khao San, an area where backpackers seek out cheap accommodation and enjoy ice cold bottles of beer at low prices before their next day’s journey to exotic beach or mountain destinations. Scenes from famous Hollywood movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DeCaprio were filmed here.
It will be rather late by now. But before heading back to your hotel, we will stop for a photo shoot at the Royal Main where the majestic Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew are spectacularly lit up. Spiritually speaking, this area of Bangkok is thought to be the luckiest in the city; astrologers and fortune tellers dot the area and will be happy to foretell what the future brings for you.
Return to hotel by 22.00 hours.
Cost includes guide fee, admission fee, Sky train and underground train tickets, tuk tuk and taxi fares, Pad Thai dinner at the most famous local Tip Samai restaurant, drinks at the bar in Khao San road. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Shorts are OK.
Duration:             16:00 – 21:00 hours.
Cost:                      2,925 Baht net per person. Minimum 2 persons
Inclusive of:      

  • English speaking guide
  • Tuk tuk / 2 persons per tuk tuk
  • Phadthai Dinner
  • Drink at the bar
  • Round trip transfers

 

Chiang Mai Night Tour – (min. 2 Persons)

Chiang Mai Night Tour with personal English speaking guide, dinner, drinks and all transfers.

Our journey starts with a visit to Doi Suthep Temple, the most beautiful in Chiang Mai. Known for its staircases adorned with serpent hand rails that lead to the golden pagoda on top. It is believed they represent the link between heaven and earth in Buddhist mythology. At the summit you will have a specular, bird’s-eye view of Chiang Mai and observe the change from sunlight to twilight, and finally to electric lights that illuminate glittering Chiang Mai.

As the sun sets we go back in time, experiencing an old fashion rickshaw ride that wends its way through the back streets of old-town Chiang Mai. Learn why this historic city, established over seven centuries ago, was referred to as the Rose of the North. Your personal driver pedals you back in time where only Chiang Mai can still provide exquisite glimpses of ancient history. Enjoy the silky smooth ride with cold beer in hand, observing ancient architectures reflecting the various conquerors of this mighty kingdom who each made their mark with elaborate Buddhist temples.

Our guide will point out the subtle differences as Chiang Mai transitioned from Burmese to Siamese to Laotian, or the complex mix of all styles when the city finally became the capital of the north during the period of King Rama V in 1900 A.D. You will ride through collections of typical Lanna-style Teak houses and witness the locals’ easy-going lifestyle. You’ll have the opportunity to take a stroll in the narrow streets and see first hand various markets selling local produce to native Chiang Mai people who prepare their food freshly each night and treat dinner as a time for family and unity.

Return to your rustic chauffer who will convey you to dinner where you will taste the north’s most famous of dishes and bid him farewell. Khao Soi is a delicious mix of Chinese and Siamese cuisine blending Chinese noodles with Thai spices and coconut in a rich curried broth topped by more crispy noodles. This dish was perfected over the decades and is considered a local delicacy, often copied but never perfected as yours will be.

Back to modern transportation and a short journey to the famous area of Tha Pae in the borders of the old walled city where all sorts of people, locals and tourists alike, pass the time in the company of friends eating and drinking and simply passing the time. Enjoy a cold drink before you return to hotel your hotel at around 21.00 hours having stepped back in time for a brief moment.

Duration:             16:00 – 21:00 hours.
Cost:                     3,250 Baht net per person. Minimum 2 persons
Inclusive of:      

  • English speaking guide
  • Rickshaw ride. One person per rickshaw.
  • Khao Soi Dinner
  • Drink at the bar
  • Round trip transfers

 

Chiang Rai Night Tour – (min. 2 Persons)

Chiang Rai Night Tour with personal English speaking guide, dinner, drinks and all transfers.

Golden Kok River and Rickshaw Ride
Cruising along Kok River. Observe the last rays of sun reflecting from the surrounding mountain ranges. Watch daily life go through its motions along the river and visit a local Karen hill tribe village still living a life unchanged from 70 years ago. The villagers were once known as the elephant men because Karen hill tribes used to train elephants to work in the dense jungles which modern machinery could not access. Elephants easily pull and push the heavy logs down to the river’s edge where they continue their way through the river network and finally end at the log “form” and turned into planks in the sawmills north of Bangkok. Return to Chiang Rai by boat before the sun’s last golden rays slowly fade away to darkness.

On disembarkation you will continue by rickshaw to the historic hospital where local people received modern medication from American missionary doctors at the Overbrook Hospital. Riding through the old town and passing by the temple where once was enshrined The Emerald Buddha, considered the most important artefact and religious symbol in the country.

ontinue through the city streets of Chiang Rai festooned by unique decorations and lamp posts designed by the Thai national artists. Join the locals to enjoy the light show at the famous clock tower in the centre of the city.

Here you will end your ride and be dropped off at the famous night market where a typical Khantoke dinner is served (ceremonial table used on special occasions) and local folk dancers perform to welcome guests.

Stroll around the night market and end at the main rendezvous are to enjoy a drink. It will probably be bustling with locals and emit a great atmosphere, so a fitting end to your evening before returning to your hotel.

Duration:             16:00 – 21:00 hours.
Cost:                      3,965 Baht net per person. Minimum 2 persons
Inclusive of:      

  • English speaking guide
  • Boat ride on Kok river
  • Rickshaw ride. One person per rickshaw.
  • Khantoke Dinner
  • Drink at the bar
  • Round trip transfers

 

Full Day Train Market and Floating Market Tour

Full Day from Hua Hin or Bangkok to visit the Train Market and Floating Market Tour with personal English speaking guide, lunch, drinks and all transfers.

Here in Thailand it is commonplace to take the train right into the market for shopping. The vibration from the tracks with the metal wheels crashing against the rails gives advance signal for vendors to “move out of her way” (hopefully a horn as well but not guaranteed!). Live crabs, seafood, seasonal fruits and vegetables are all available and once the train passes the various stalls are resurrected as if nothing had happened.

Once you have sampled the market, you will continue on your journey visiting the most beautiful collection of traditional Thai houses where the aged owner still paints sophisticated designs on to porcelain. Not only is his art his passion but also he endeavours to save local young people from turning to drugs. He encourages them to explore their artistic side and show them that there is an alternative to their despair. Many of them become accomplished artists of a new generation. His achievement in support of the locals has been recognised at a national level and his work is highly valued and used for the state ceremonial occasions.

Continue to one of Thailand’s most famous floating markets. Although there are several in the country this is the most authentic, in the Damnoen Saduak district north of Hua Hin. Situated in the centre of a series of orchards where farmers take all their agriculture products, put them in a boat ready to go to market to barter, sell or buy. Observe how farmers manoeuvre in and out of the heavy traffic of dozens of paddle boats. Take a 45 minute ride in a classic long tailed boat to watch the scene along the canal that remains unchanged for the past 50 years.

Lunch at a local riverside restaurant and enjoy spicy Thai food country-style. Amongst the signature dishes will be grilled river prawns, spicy soup and other delicious morsels to enjoy before returning back to your hotel.

Duration:             08:00 – 16:00 hours.
Cost:                      3,055 Baht net per person. Minimum 2 persons
Inclusive of:      

  • English speaking guide
  • Boat ride
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Transfers

 

Full Day The King Palaces and the King Work Tour

Full Day Hua Hin The King Palaces and the King Work Day Tour with personal English speaking guide, lunch, drinks and all transfers.

One of the famous Siamese Kings whose name was up in lights on New York’s famous Broadway. King Rama IV had his palace built near Hua Hin, on top of a nearby mountain so that he could study the moon and stars in his free time. A keen astronomer and scholar, Rama IV was played by Yul Brynner  in the world famous The King & I opposite Deborah Kerr as Anna Leonowens upon whose book about her travels in Thailand the play and film was based. Learn how Rama IV ensured Siam survived from a widespread colonial era taking its place in history as the only country in the region never colonized by a western power. Visit his bed room and study and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Phetchaburi province from his terrace.

Drive along the gulf of Siam to visit one of the modern royal projects started by the recently deceased King, in an area where once marine life almost became extinct. This is Laem Pak Bia Project. The aim is to help not only marine life but also human lives too. For many years the locals had drained their used water directly into the sea which had an adverse effect.  The King bought a large piece of land near to the province and built several large water treatment plants where used water is brought in and recycled. Not in an industrial way, but rather waste water is treated by local hyacinths and water released into the sea thus the water is re-oxygenated. His specialists check that the quality of water is safe for release into the sea. Years later we later find more marine life enjoying the new environment. Most importantly, his subjects work freely on the King’s property and catch mud crabs and cockles to earn a better living. It is also a great opportunity for bird-watchers to enjoy the local wildlife searching for fresh seafood.

Take a stroll along the wooden boardwalks in the shade of extensive mangroves and experience this more sustainable environment on a scale deemed appropriate for the King’s people to enjoy (walking shoes are recommended).

Mrigadayavan Palace

The grandson of Rama IV, King Rama VI enjoyed the rail network that his father built to visit his people and fell in love with the sea in the Hua Hin area. He commissioned the local Police Academy and found a quiet spot to build a wooden Mediterranean-style residence for relaxing and getting away from affairs of state. A beautiful wooden house was built in 1923 on the beach where the Royal Family came by train for their own time at the seaside. The tour will visit this beautiful house full of historical artefacts and examples of local high society living.

Duration:             08:00 – 16:00 hours.
Cost:                      3,510 Baht net per person. Minimum 2 persons
Inclusive of:      

  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Transfers

 

VIP Fast Track at Suvarnabhumi Airport

VIP Fast track at the airport is an exclusive service we offer to Golfasian clients to speed up the immigration and customs procedure upon arrival at the BKK airport.

An airport representative will meet you at the gate upon disembarking from the airplane and guide you all the way through immigration. You will not need to stand in line as the other passengers but will go through the VIP channel, which speeds the immigration process a lot. Also, the representative will help you to locate your luggage and then send you to meet our driver once you walk through customs.

Cost:                      1,040 Baht net per person.