Temple & River of Kings - Cruise & Walking Small Group TourProduct ID: 3039
- Explore the canals of the Chao Phraya River by longtail boat.
- Experience local Bangkok away from the tourist trail.
- Wander through the Wat Po temple complex.
- Marvel at the dazzling Grand Palace.
- See the revered Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew.
Begin your Bangkok tour by riding a local public bus to The Grand Palace Complex. Built in 1782 in time for the coronation of King Rama I, the Grand Palace served as the official residence of the King of Siam, the Royal Court and administrative seat of government until the early 1900s. Despite no longer being the official residence of the king, the Grand Palace is still very much the spiritual centre of the nation and used for various ceremonies during the year. Included in the trip will be a visit to Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the revered Emerald Buddha. Your local guide will take you through the grounds of the palace providing a fascinating insight into this majestic place.
After that, walk to the nearby magnificent temple Wat Po which derives its name from the original Wat Potaram, in 1801 the temple was renamed Wat Phra Chetuphon. The temple is the center of the Buddhist religion in Thailand, the country’s first university, and is still a center of learning for traditional Thai massage and medicines. Founded in the 17th century, Wat Po is the oldest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Your guide will take you on a tour through the temple complex.
Continue the tour by walking down to the Chao Praya River (meaning River of Kings), where you board a long tail boat for a journey along the river and into the khlongs (canals) of Bangkok. In centuries past, Bangkok was often referred to as the "Venice of the East" with a vast network of khlongs through the city which were utilised as a transport network.
With the passage of time many of these khlongs have been filled in and converted to roads for more modern forms of transport. In the Thonburi area of Bangkok many of the khlongs survive, and this boat trip will provide you with an insight into the lives of people who live along the khlongs, which seems a world away from the chaotic streets of Bangkok.
At the end of your walking tour in Bangkok you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.
- English speaking guide, Entrance fees as indicated, Transport as indicated
- Drop off transfer, Items of a personal nature, Tips or gratuities for drivers or guide
Meet your guide in the lobby of Nouvo City Hotel, 2 Samsen Rd, Soi 2, Pranakorn, Bangkok Please note that this is not a hotel pick-up service. (Open in Google Maps)
Dress standard: Dress requirements to enter the Grand Palace are very strict. Please ensure you wear dark colored pants (trousers) or skirts that are ankle length. A dark colored t-shirt, shirt or blouse and covered shoes are suitable. A respectable black or white collared shirt is what the Thais wear. If you are unable to wear black you can pin a black bow tie on your arm which can be supplied to you. Please note the authorities will likely deny the entire group entry if anyone is not dressed appropriately.
Closure of sites: The route of the klong (canal) tour may change depending on the water levels in individual klongs.
Tipping: If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels and inspires excellent service.
Product ID: 3039