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Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

1. Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

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.

Bangkok: Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Guided Walking Tour

2. Bangkok: Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Guided Walking Tour

Take a short walking tour around Bangkok that will introduce you to some of the city’s most famous landmarks in just two hours. Witness the Grand Palace of Bangkok and the temple of Wat Phra Kaew on this tour with multiple starting times for you to choose from. Start your adventure with a trip to the Grand Palace. Located in the heart of Bangkok, this site is considered one of the most visually stunning architectural marvels in Thailand. Wander around the massive home of the royal family and be on the lookout for brilliant statues, amazing images, and more. Venture to Wat Phra Kaew, located within the Grand Palace complex and commonly referred to as Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This temple houses one of the country’s most sacred and revered statues. See the famed statue that was made from a single piece of jade and explore the temple grounds.

Bangkok: 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise

3. Bangkok: 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise

Explore the lights of Bangkok from the Choa Phraya river on a night river cruise. Savor authentic Thai and delicious international cuisine with a buffet dinner. Sip on a welcome drink, tea, and coffee as you pass the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Listen to live music and watch an thrilling cabaret show.  Start your Bangkok river cruise by checking in at the meeting point at the River City Complex. Board the White Orchid Cruise Ship and have a welcome drink while you enjoy a classical Thai dance as the cruise starts along the Chao Phraya River. Along the journey, have a chance to observe Bangkok's remarkable sights light up in the dark, including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha), Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), and many more. Enjoy a buffet dinner with a great variety of delightful dishes ranging from traditional Thai to Western cuisines, followed by desserts. While enjoying your food, be entertained with a live music performance and a Cabaret show on board. After dinner, you can take the opportunity to observe the sights flowing by on the river banks by relaxing on the open-air deck to marvel at a 360-degree view of Bangkok from the Choa Phraya river by night. Arrive back at the River City pier to enjoy the rest of your evening in Bangkok.

Bangkok: Grand Palace & Wat Pho Half-Day Private Tour

4. Bangkok: Grand Palace & Wat Pho Half-Day Private Tour

Discover the Grand Palace, the official residence of the Kings of Thailand, and the home to the Emerald Buddha. See the Wat Pho and its reclining buddha statue on this private tour. Admire intricate wall paintings of the Ramayana saga and relish the gold-covered architecture at the Grand Palace. Hear about how the palace is still used for official events such as the coronation. See how religion and the royal family are central to Thailand's identity. Next, visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho. Gaze at the impressive 151-foot-long and 50-meter-tall Buddha decorated with mother-of-pearl and carved with holy signs. Read the 1,360 marble inscriptions about medical, historical, and liberal sciences that line the temple. Hear interesting facts from your guide and learn how the temple is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple today. On your way back, pass by the Tha Thien Market, a cultural food market that sells dried, salted seafood and wholesale products.

Bangkok in a Day: Must-Visit Highlights Tour with a Guide

5. Bangkok in a Day: Must-Visit Highlights Tour with a Guide

Explore the top sights in Bangkok on this day trip. Visit the Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun, and take a stroll through the vibrant and bustling old market in Chinatown. Cross the Chao Phraya River on a boat ride. Begin your 7-hour tour with a pick-up from the main lobby of your hotel in Bangkok at 08:00 AM. Then, visit the Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha, the former residence of the kings of Thailand since 1782, by local public transport. Learn about Thai history and culture from your personal tour guide. After the Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha, continue to Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha where you can marvel at the great Reclining Buddha. Cross the magnificent Chao Phraya River by public boat to visit Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn. It is one of the must-visit landmarks in Bangkok where you can spot its famous giant tower, standing 70 meters high. Have an optional Thai lunch at the local restaurant before transferring to Chinatown by subway train. Explore Chinatown and the old market to observe the local way of life. Your journey will end with a return transfer to your hotel in Bangkok. Instead of using public transport, you can also select the option to have a private air-conditioned car for your trip. In addition, there is also the option to book a private canal tour in Bangkok by long-tail boat for approximately 1 hour.

Bangkok: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun Private Tour

6. Bangkok: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun Private Tour

Immerse yourself in local culture on a guided tour to the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple. Travel in a comfortable car and have the option to expand your experience with options that include visits to the Wat Pho and Wat Arun temples. Journey to the old part of Bangkok and discover Wat Phra Kaew which is commonly known 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. After the Grand Palace, continue to visit Wat Pho, if you've selected this option.  Pass the Tha Thien Market, a food market that sells dried, salted seafood and wholesale products. Travel to Wat Pho by private car, a local Tuk Tuk, or take a scneic stroll there.  Discover the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho (depending on the option you select). It is on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples and has been recognized by UNESCO. Continue your journey to Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn). On this trip, you will also get to experience a local shuttle boat which takes you across the Chao Phraya River to Wat Arun.  Pick to option to visit Wat Arun and see this temple which is famous for its giant tower which is next to the Chao Phraya River, standing 70 meters high. The temple is decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass surrounded by Chinese porcelain. After a fun cultural half-day out at any option selected, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Bangkok safely.

Bangkok: Full-Day Customized Tour with Local Transportation

7. Bangkok: Full-Day Customized Tour with Local Transportation

Explore Bangkok with a private guide and enjoy the flexibility of a customized tour. Visit major sightseeing attractions, eat good street food, discover the flower market, take a little canal boat tour, or simply bargain better at the shopping malls like MBK Center or Platinum. Begin your customized private journey of Bangkok by meeting your guide at the hotel lobby. Benefit from an itinerary that can be altered and adjusted according to your interests. Your licensed tour guide will give you a personalized experience in this amazing Bangkok city. Get to know the local way of life a little better by making use of various public transportation systems to get from place to place. There will be Skytrain, underground metro, bus, taxi, Tuk Tuk, and canal boat for you to choose from. Explore Rattanakosin Island to see the Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho or Wat Arun. Check out the famous Khao San Road or Chatuchak Weekend Market. Be hassle-free and let the guide arrange things for you to enjoy the fascinating city at its best.

Bangkok: Grand Palace Self-Guided Walking Tour

8. Bangkok: Grand Palace Self-Guided Walking Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour begins in the heart of bustling Bangkok, at the Grand Palace gates. From there, you’ll enter the spacious grounds and get your first good look at the ancient complex. One of the first things you’ll see on your route is the Emerald Buddha, an incredible statue and perhaps the most famous of the Palace’s wonders. There’s plenty of history behind this statue (and even some mystery), all of which you’ll soon be acquainted with! Next, you’ll see other intricate statues, including a terrifying demon that holds an important place in Thai legends. From there, you’ll follow a route through the rest of the Palace, taking in sights such as the sparkling Golden Chedi and the deeply sacred Hor Phra Monthian temple. As you explore, you’ll learn all about the history, culture, and mythology behind the many works of art decorating the palace. After seeing the extravagant Borom Phiman Mansion, you’ll continue to a pair of fascinating museums before completing your circuit of the Palace. Your tour will conclude back at the main gate, near where it began.

Hop On Hop Off: Tuk Tuk & Tourist Boat on Chao Phraya River

9. Hop On Hop Off: Tuk Tuk & Tourist Boat on Chao Phraya River

Make the most out of your time in Bangkok by getting a 1-day unlimited Hop on Hop off on pass for both Tuk Tuk Hop and Tourist Boat. Jump on the iconic Tuk Tuk and explore the Rattanakosin Island area which is the old Town of Bangkok. Hop on the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat for an exclusive experience along Chao Phraya River, the longest and most important river in Thailand. Travel around Bangkok’s Old Town area in a Tuk Tuk with this unique, fun and flexible hop-on, hop-off tour. These three-wheeled motorized vehicles are the most convenient way of traveling around the city as it zips through the traffic and takes tourists to their favorite attractions such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Khaosan Road, China Town, and many more. Together with a Hop-on Hop-off Pass for the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat, you will get to experience the scenery from both sides of the river and can easily hop on to ride along the lifeblood of Bangkok, formally known as the Chao Phraya River. Experience a number of tourist attractions scattered around numerous piers along the river from the old Town to the busy central business district of Sathorn. For instance, the National Museum of Royal Barges, Wat Arun, Asiatique The Riverfront, Lhong 1910, and River City. By selecting this tour, you can skip the hassle by avoiding traffic jams and expensive Tuk Tuk prices offered on the streets.

Best Of Bangkok: Temples & Long-tail Boat Tour with Lunch

10. Best Of Bangkok: Temples & Long-tail Boat Tour with Lunch

Start your tour with a visit to the Emerald Buddha Temple. Pass by the amulet market, one of the most famous historical community markets of Rattanakosin Island. Discover the first stop of Wat Phra Kaew, regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Explore the Grand Palace, the official residence of the Kings of Thailand, now used for official events. Pass Tha Thien Market, a cultural food market. Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, considered the earliest center for medical public education, recognized by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme. Learn about the history of the temple from your guide.  Rest and try Bangkok's local street food in Tha Tien. Sample Thai street food for a taste of Thai cooking traditions. Continue your journey to Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks known for its giant tower, standing 70 meters high.  Take a speedboat to Thonburi, the former capital of Thailand, less developed than the other side of the river. Many of the traditional small waterways, khlongs, still exist there.

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What people are saying about Grand Palace Bangkok

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,487 reviews

We spent half a day with our driver and tour guide Kenny. He was early to the hotel and so attentive throughout. It is well worth paying the money for a tour guide as we would have just been walking around looking at pretty temples however not knowing the meaning behind them. Lenny was able to inform us of lots of things which we will remember. The temples are absolutely breathtaking and although covid has certainly stopped masses of people visiting at the moment for tourists it was actually quite nice to take lots of photos without strangers heads all in them clambering to take a picture!!! The sites themselves were well staffed and although it was so hot and humid there well fans outside at reception and undercover to help you cool down in the heat. We loved Kenny and he is amazing at his job. The children were really sad to say goodbye to him. Fab guide and a tour we will remember.

It just so happened we were the only ones on the tour and it was a great experience. The tour included multiple river boat rides and a tuk tuk ride. We did the full day tour and I'm so glad we did. Our tour guide, Sam, was very knowledgeable and eager to share information and answer any question we asked. He also kept us very hydrated throughout the tour.

The tour guide was fantastic knew everything there was to know, plus very friendly and no rushing, all at your own pace. Well worth the money

the absolute best way to get the sounds, sights, smells and taste of Bangkok. Wonderfully guided by Nine. Top evening in this city.

A very nice and helpful guide. He organized an interesting trip around Bangkok for us