From booking to my thousand questions via WhatsApp (thanks, Joy!) to pick up at the airport to our first tour on day 1 with Geng at the Floating and Railroad Markets to our second tour on day 2 (my birthday) temple hopping with Mr. Swai (with his tie) to drop-off at the airport to the fabulous video--Explorenique is the perfect package to help you plan an amazing day, or days, in Bangkok and beyond. They are so kind, knowledgeable, professional and fun. They really listen to what you want and cater your day to make it unforgettable. You will be able to maximize both your time and your Baht while creating priceless memories (that may make it to your video later on...)
Joy is such a "joy" to work with in the planning stages. She was great with helping us to coordinate our airline schedules, plan tour days and gave us suggestions that helped us create an outline for what we wanted to see. When email was not working, we worked around our 12 hour time difference across continents and communicated via WhatsApp. She is A+++. Thanks, Joy! You are a treasure.
Next team member is our driver extraordinaire, Mr. Krit, who picked us up in a fabulous oversized Toyota minibus with refreshing ice cold water, three rows of comfy leather seats, lots of luggage room and A/C which was great in the sweltering heat. We felt so safe as he literally took us all over Bangkok and beyond from airport to hotel to markets and temples and stopped as needed for breaks. I have never seen so many 7-Elevens in my life. Thanks, Mr. Krit.
Geng also met us at the airport to make sure that everything was well orchestrated. The next morning, he met us bright and early to take us on the most amazing day. Our tour was so diverse going from the Maeklong Railway Market to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market to the Bang Kung Temple hidden in the trees to a floating restaurant to a mall with over 1300 stores. We travelled through banana and coconut fields, saw salt extraction ponds and were given an amazing lesson in Thai history, culture and culinary flavors. Loved trying the little treats like fresh pomelos from a cute vendor on a boat to sticky rice desserts at the floating market that Geng treated us to throughout the day. He is so thoughtful, funny, considerate and warm. He even mapped our journey via BTS from the Mall to our hotel step by step to make sure that we got back safely after shopping.
The next morning, but not quite so early, we met Mr. Swai...in his tie. Such a sweet guide who really immersed us in the religious meaning behind the Wats that we visited. Loved how he navigated the river using express boats and local ferries, but also how we used the local busses and crisscrossed through neighborhoods and levees to see more local and intimate sites. Interesting to see not only the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, but also Queen Sirikit's Museum of Textles and the amazing Wat Kalayanamit Varamahavihara that we would not have seen without Mr. Swai. He also introduced us to restaurant led by a chef that worked at the palace. Check out Mae Yui River Café near the Yodpiman Flower Market in the River Walk. Plus, he told us jokes and puns all day that kept our family entertained!!
Geng, Joy, Mr. Swai and Mr. Kit have really created the PERFECT team to make your trip to Bangkok the BEST day ever. Thanks for a great trip to Bangkok!
Hint: If you still need more info, read my details on each attraction.