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Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

From US$ 40.27 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 890 reviews

Review summary

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

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We had a great time (though we were dripping wet with sweat in the Bangkok sunshine!). We did the full 4+ hour tour - just one other guest with the three of us. Dan took his time with explanations. He was informative, sharing his knowledge of history, current culture and personal experience. He made the information very accessible. Our guide kept us aware of when to take pictures, remove shoes, use the facilities. We were offered bottled water at each stop and a short break period. He managed admission and public transportation and went out of his way to get us back to our hotel. Highly recommend.

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June 29, 2022

Amazing tour! Started off taking a ferry that had nice views of Wat Arun from the water. Then we walked through the Royal Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Temple of the Reclining Budda & finishing at Temple of Dawn. Our guide Suzie was absolutely lovely and was able to provide a lot of information about all the sights. Was also happy we got free water bottles at some of the temples as it was very hot. Just make sure to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Would definitely recommend this tour! :)

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June 26, 2022

We loved this tour! Our tour guide Kiwi and Apple were amazing. Kiwi was knowledgeable, fun, and helped us order/talk to the vendors. It was a big group and she made sure to give everyone ample time. The best part? We did MORE than what the official tour said. We went on a train through the market and saw the salt mines. Thanks Kiwi! - Jose

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June 12, 2022

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