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Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

From US$ 37.77 per person

Immerse yourself in the cultural and historical heritage of Bangkok by exploring the Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha Temple and the options for Wat Pho, local markets and Wat Arun. Enjoy this trip with an experienced, local tour guide.

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Duration 2 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Bangkok’s must-see attractions with tickets to the Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha Temple, Wat Pho and Wat Arun
  • Marvel at the Grand Palace, once the home of the kings of Siam and now a place of worship and big ceremonies
  • Explore the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and admire the brightly colored buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics
  • Admire the beauty of the Reclining Buddha and learn the history of Wat Pho, the oldest and largest temple complex in Bangkok
  • See Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, to admire its pagoda, colorful porcelain tiles, bell tower and giant statues
Full description

Meet the group at River City Bangkok by 9:00 AM and head to the Emerald Buddha Temple by local transport. Along the way, pass by the amulet market, one of the most famous, historical community markets of Rattanakosin Island.

Discover the first stop of Wat Phra Kaew which is commonly known in English as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and officially as Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram. It is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.  Explore the Grand Palace which was the official residence of the Kings of Thailand. Nowadays, the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year. 

After the Grand Palace, continue to visit Wat Pho, if you've selected this option. On the way, pass Tha Thien Market, a cultural food market that sells dried, salted seafood and wholesale products. Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho. It is on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of first-class royal temples.

Learn about King Rama I who rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site and how it became his main temple where some of his ashes are enshrined.

The temple is considered the earliest center for medical public education surrounded by the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions.

It has been recognized by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme. Most importantly, it is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple today. Complete the list of must-visit temples in Bangkok by continuing your journey to Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks.

The temple is known for its giant 70-meter tower next to the Chao Phraya River and is decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass surrounded by Chinese porcelain.

Includes
  • Admission fees to the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple
  • Admission fee to Wat Pho (if option selected)
  • Admission fee to Wat Arun (if option selected)
  • Professional licensed guide
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for the guide (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meet your guide at River City Bangkok to being the tour

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Not allowed

  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Participants on this tour should note that the chapel is a national shrine and you will be required to wear proper attire: no bare shoulders and knees, or strapless-heel shoes
  • Shoes must be removed before entering the temple buildings as a matter of respect
  • Photography is permitted in the Royal Palace Grounds and in the compounds of the Emerald Buddha Temple, but not inside the buildings
  • Restroom facilities are available
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 969 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the temple and palace. Unfortunately, the palace wasn't open so we only got to see the emerald Buddha. Also, the tour was supposed to include a market tour but it was conveniently skipped. Overall, a great tour and the tour guide was very friendly. Highly recommend.

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August 30, 2022

Excellent tour. Mina was very good and knowledgeable, and she took good care of our group. I also enjoyed watching her interact with a group of kids at one of the temples while we had a little time to explote on our own. She also guided us to get back to our places after the tour and gave advice about other places to visit. I recommend this tour to anybody!

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August 28, 2022

Excellent experience! We had a very good guide: bowing (not sure of the spelling sorry sir). He explained the history of Thailand and the temples to us very well, played the photographer for us, even bought us water and small things to snack on, really very generous. His explanations in English are very clear. The temples are very beautiful! I recommend +++

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August 27, 2022

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