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tours &
activities

As always we have an exciting range of tours and activities for delegates to enjoy whilst in Bangkok.

Please see below descriptions and useful information. To see the full conference agenda please click here.

If any of the tours are fully booked, please email admin@fidievents.org and request to be added to the waiting list.

Please note, Sunday and Wednesday cultural tours will depart in the morning.

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The One and Only: Bangkok

The most essential and exquisite tour of the capital city for first time visitors: Visit three of the most unusual Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Wat Pho, the most extensive temple in Bangkok with its colossal Reclining Buddha and the Chidis of the Kings; Wat Trimitr with its  priceless Golden Buddha (5.5 tons of solid gold);  Wat Phra Kaew regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand.

Available Sunday 26 March and Wednesday 29 March:

Half Day Tour:
Cost: 40€
Depart 08:30
End of Tour 12:00

Dress code: No sleeveless shirts or tops, no shorts, no sandals or flipflops. To enter temples you are required to take off your shoes. Sarongs can be purchased/rented on the spot.

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Two Faces of Bangkok

Relax as you meander along the traditional klongs (canals) of Thonburi.  Admire the towering and majestic Temple of Dawn.  Explore Wat Phra Kaew, the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand and the Royal Palace. Get a feeling for life in Bangkok at the beginning of the 20th century, when it was also called the “Venice of the East.” Discover the wooden houses, built on stilts to withstand the high tides of the rainy season, and only accessible by boat. Cruise the famous canals and live the city in a heartbeat. Immerse yourself in the other side of Bangkok the royal way.

Available Sunday 26 March and Wednesday 29 March

Half Day Tour:
Cost: 45€
Depart 08:30
End of Tour 12:00
Dress code:  No sleeveless shirts or tops, no shorts, no sandals or flipflops.  To enter temples you are required to take off your shoes.  Sarongs can be purchased/rented on the spot.

 

you want sticky rice?

Do it like the locals: early morning we set off and drive to a railway station.  Lean back and enjoy the approximately 20-minute scenic train journey along salt and rice paddies into the famous Mae Klong railway market - and eat the fresh mangoes.  After exploring the market, drive to a jetty pier, take a longtail boat and journey along the winding canals to see remote villages, gardens and plantations. Disembark at the famous Damnoen Saduak floating market and taste the ‘must try’ sticky rice.  Escape the buzz of Bangkok and discover Thai life outside of the capital in the surrounding countryside.

Please be aware, we will be travelling like a local and the 3rd class carriage is non-air conditioned, so please dress appropriately and bring water.

Available Sunday 26 March and Wednesday 29 March

Half Day Tour
Cost:
35€
Depart 07:00
End of Tour 14:00
Dress Code: None

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river of kings

Travel by boat on the glorious Chao Phraya and arrive at Bangkok’s Chinatown, where you start your guided walking tour through the winding streets with great opportunities to explore the way of life and Chinese Heritage. Visit streets lined with wooden shops, houses and packed with market stalls, restaurants and gold shops. Then take a tuk-tuk ride to the Thieves Market and Pahurat Markets. See traditional Chinese temples and medicine shops. Public transportation gives you the real vibe of this city.

Available Sunday 26 March and Wednesday 29 March

Half Day Tour:
Cost: 25€
Depart 08:30
End of Tour 13:00
Dress Code: None

 

Fast and Furious

Experience the local way of getting from A to B in Bangkok, the ‘Venice of the East’.  Hold on tight because this ride is going to be speedy! Take a trip down the ‘River of Kings,’ the fascinating Chao Phraya River. Drive through the different neighbourhoods of Thonburi in a long-tailed boat, zig zagging through the canals. Deep in a network of canals in the oldest part of Thailand's capital city stands a newly completed giant clad in glowing bronze. Towering nearly 70 meters above the ground, the height of a 20-storey building, it is the city's biggest Buddha image, with a width of 40 meters in its cross-legged meditation pose. Be truly local, be a Bangkokian for one day.

Available Sunday 26 March and Wednesday 29 March

Half Day Trip
Cost:
75€
Depart 08:30
End of tour 12:00
Dress Code:  You might get wet

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Thailand Royal and the Ancient City of Ayutthaya

Visit the Royal City of Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the ruined pagoda temples. The Royal City of Ayutthaya is one of Thailand’s major attractions. Many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in the city, which was founded in 1350 by Kin U-Thong. Thirty three kings of five dynasties ruled the kingdom until it was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. The tour includes a visit to the monastery, Wat Sri Sanphet, the former Royal Summer Palace, and the large chedi at Wat Yai Chaimongkhol.  

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant and finally, the tour will take you on a one-hour trip on a longtail motor boat, where you will enjoy the passing scenes of riverside villages while cruising down the river to Bang Pa In, the former Royal Summer Residence, to see exquisite examples of Thai architecture.

Available Sunday 26 March and Wednesday 29 March

Full Day Tour
Cost:
60€
Depart 07:00
End of Tour 17:00
Dress code:  No sleeveless shirts or tops, no shorts, no sandals or flipflops. To enter temples, you are required to take off your shoes. Sarongs can be purchased/rented on the spot.
Lunch: included

 

The Life of Lotus

Early pick up from the hotel and depart to Wat Suwannaram, then walk to the pier to get on the boat. Enjoy a boat ride through Klong Mahasawat and take in the wonders of local life. This tour takes you to the outskirts of Bangkok to see the rural life and the importance of growing lotus flowers and orchids.  Visit a farmers' community along the canal and taste various fruits from the orchards. Along the canal you will find orchid farms, these exotic blooms are famous for their beauty and Thailand is the largest exporter of these flowers in the world. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before returning to the city. This tour opens your eyes to the rural soul of the kingdom. 

Available Sunday 26 March and Wednesday 29 March

Full Day Tour
Cost:
55€
Depart 07:00
End of Tour 16:00
Dress Code: None
Lunch: included

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immersion into buddism - the thai way of life

Buddhism plays the central role in the life of Thai people. This tour will provide you with an in-depth look into the teachings of Buddha. 

During the tour, you will visit some of the most sacred and hidden Buddhist temples. Expect to be humbled by their gorgeous gold foil stupas, enormous Buddha statues, fragrant incense, intricate stonework and serene ambience.

The highlight is the climb to the Wat Saket or the Temple of the Golden Mount. This landmark, on the only hill in Bangkok, is of great significance for all followers of Buddha. 320 stairs take you up to the top for panoramic views of the Thai capital. During the tour, we may witness monks doing their daily collection of alms in hidden side alleys of Bangkok. This is a memorable experience that helps you enhance your wellbeing and way of life.

Available Tuesday 28 March

Half Day Tour:
Cost: 40€
Depart 14:00
End of Tour 18:00
Dress Code: None

 

the serpent tour of bangkok

Learn about the other side of the City of Angels. Nearly half a century after one of the world’s most notorious criminals sowed fear along the 1970s "hippie trail," French serial killer, Charles Sobhraj, the "Serpent" of the hit TV drama series, still haunts the lives of those who crossed his path.

 

Follow the footsteps of one of the more notorious criminals who ever lived in Thailand, see the real shooting locations and relive Bangkok of the 1970s through the Netflix hit series.

Available Tuesday 28 March 

Half Day Tour
Cost:
35€
Depart 14:00
End of Tour 18:00
Dress Code: None

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masterchef thailand
This TOUR IS NOW FULL - To join the waiting list email admin@fidievents.org

Today you will be the chef! Get an introduction into Thai cuisine and learn some of the basic Thai dishes. A professional Thai chef will teach you about the Thai diet and importance of adding spices to the dishes. Start the tour at the local market, where you will buy ingredients, which you will use during the cooking class. Under his supervision, you will prepare some of the most famous authentic Thai dishes, starting from Pad Thai, Khao Pad and Tom Yum etc. This is a fun experience and you will leave Thailand with improved cooking skills. 

Available Tuesday 28 March

Half Day Tour:
Cost: 50€
Depart 14:00
End of Tour 18:00
Dress Code: None

 

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massage by a blind therapist

Blind-massage is well known in Bangkok. Transfer from the hotel to a massage parlour that is managed by blind massage therapists, who will perform a 30-minute relaxing back or leg massage.

Available Tuesday 28 March

Half Day Tour:
Cost: 40€
Depart 14:00
End of Tour 18:00
Dress Code: None

 

the backstreets of bang rak district by bicycle

This bicycle tour will show you some of the backstreets and alleys of the Bang Rak district of Bangkok. The guide will stop at some of the most instagrammable places to take photos. You will pass by the imposing Grand Postal Building, dating back to the 1940s, built in art deco-style, before visiting the famous multifunctional venue Warehouse 30, with several galleries, shops and coffee shops. During the tour you will stop for some typical Thai street food and experience the street life of the Thai capital. Reenergized with a shot of coffee, then bike back to the hotel.

Available Tuesday 28 March 

Half Day Tour
Cost:
65€
Depart 14:00
End of Tour 18:00
Dress Code: None

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secret chinatown

Bangkok’s Chinatown is filled with colourful alleyways, gorgeous Chinese temples, historic buildings, delicious street food and the famous Yaowarat Road. Visiting Chinatown is a must-do during your stay in Bangkok. One of the oldest neighbourhoods in Bangkok, it has maintained its bustling character throughout the centuries. Meander through the backstreets and narrow alleys of Bangkok’s Chinatown and experience the busy daily life of the Thai-Chinese community. Along the way, you'll stop at street food stalls to taste some famous Chinese dishes. You’ll be mesmerized by the colours, lights, noise and flavour. This visit will remain in your memory forever.

Available Tuesday 28 March

Half Day Tour
Cost:
50€
Depart 14:00
End of Tour 18:00
Dress Code: None

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gerson Fun Run/Walk

Tuesday 28 March

 

Enjoy a 5 km run or walk through the green zone in the city. This is where businessmen and women, tourists and Bangkok residents come to jog before they head off to work or do their daily chores. Older folks practice their Tai Chi while others just relax in the fresh environment.

 

Cost: 50€

Depart 07:30

End 08:45

Dress Code: Sportswear

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GOLF TRIP

Tuesday 28 March

 

Play golf at the Nikanti Golf Club. 18 holes, par 72 (6789 yards).

The Nikanti Golf Club is a unique 18 hole course situated in the stunning naturescape of Nakhon Pathom province in West Bangkok. Nikanti Golf Club offers Thailand's most unique and memorable golf and leisure experience based on the 6-6-6 concept which takes inspiration from the six senses in Buddhism and is part of Nikanti' brand philosophy.

Price includes: 1 round of golf (18 holes), a caddie, golf cart, clubs, transfers, breakfast and international buffet lunch.

Cost: 245

Depart 05:30

End  13:00

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yoga

Monday 27 March & Wednesday 29 March

Join your fellow attendees for an hour of relaxing yoga on the poolside terrace overlooking the Chao Phraya River.

Instructors, mats, water and a fabulous view included!

Cost: 25

Start 07:30

End 08:30

Dress Code: Sportswear

FIDI SPORTING ACTIVITY - 
POWERED BY THE FIDI 39 CLUB - sTRESS relief thai boxing class

Delegates are invited to join the FIDI 39 Club for an authentic Thai Boxing experience, delivered by local experts. All delegates are welcome. Please note, this event is free for registered FIDI 39 Club members who attend the FIDI 39 Club Conference weekend conference sessions.

 

Saturday 25 March

Cost: 85

Depart 14:00

End 16:00

Dress Code: Sportswear

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fidi early evening event - powered by the fidi 39 club - itsy bitsy tour

Guided street food tour through Chinatown. Hop on your Tuk-tuk and be ready for a street food experience of another kind! Our local guide will bring you to different food stalls in the busy streets of Chinatown. Try different kinds of dishes and bites such as classic Pad Thai to Som Tum, but also the unique side of Thai cuisine, scorpions and spiders! After this you will be served a selection of local hand crafted beers. All delegates are welcome. Please note, this event is free for registered 39 Club members who attend the FIDI 39 Club Conference weekend conference sessions.

Saturday 25 March 

Cost: 80

Start 17:00

End 19:00

Dress Code:  Light clothing, shorts are ideal

FIDI party hosted by the fidi 39 club

This famous FIDI party is the place to be on Saturday night and will take place in the exclusive downtown Bangkok venue, Havana Social. Watch Out: capacity is limited so to be sure you are at the hottest event in town, register today! Please note, this event is free for registered 39 Club members who attend the FIDI 39 Club Conference weekend conference sessions.

Saturday 25 March

Cost: 175

Depart 22:00

End 02:00

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