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  • Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Wat Arun: Flexi Private Temple Tour

    1. Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Wat Arun: Flexi Private Temple Tour

     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. On the way, pass Tha Thien Market, a culture food market that sells dried, salted seafood and wholesale products. You will have a chance to commute to Wat Pho by private car, a local Tuk Tuk or you can walk there. 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 the first-class royal temples and has been recognized by UNESCO in its Memory of the World...

    I wish I would have written down the name of our guide. She was excellent. She was early to meet us at our hotel. We went to the two temples first and then on to the Royal Palace. This is an excellent tour. The temples and palace are absolutely gorgeous. These are must see sites to see when you are in Bangkok. We started right at 8:30AM so not too early and were done by early afternoon. We opted to stay in the old town area and grab some lunch before trying unsuccessfully to find some tourist t-shirts. The guide suggested a really cool restaurant near the palace for lunch and even walked us over there and got us situated before leaving. The lunch was probably the best food we had in Bangkok. Hopefully get your guide can figure out who our guide was and keeps her busy because she was great.

  • Bangkok: Private 8-Hour Grand Palace and Temples Tour

    2. Bangkok: Private 8-Hour Grand Palace and Temples Tour

    Following hotel pick-up, journey to Rattanakosin Island by the best mode of transportation selected for your group. Learn more about Bangkok and its people on the way. Then, explore the Grand Palace complex on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and learn how the former Kings of Siam constructed their buildings. Hear more about the current monarchy of Thailand, and continue to the royal temples of Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Board a boat after lunch to explore the city's network of canals and see a stunning ornamental boat at the Royal Barge Museum. 

    A fantastic tour (tailor made!) with an extremly charming and handsome tour guide (Wes) made my stay in BKK even more exciting. Me Wes is doing a great job and is very passionate about his job. He has an extensive experience a in-depth knowledge about BKK. English is almost native. Ask for him, you will not regret it. We spent the whole day, has fun and learnt alot about the innercity life etc. Awesome!

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

    3. 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 r...

    This is the best way to get around. you can see so much in one day... Such good value for money, great app support. The must-do in Bangkok!

  • Bangkok Evening Discovery: Temples and Hidden Canals Tour

    4. Bangkok Evening Discovery: Temples and Hidden Canals Tour

    Start your beautiful journey with a long-tail boat ride, also called a "James Bond boat" and discover the way of life in Bangkok.  Cruise pass the Royal Heritage and Royal Barge, which has been used for royal processions for a long time. Continues with a visit to Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, featuring a stunning tower with an intricate design overlooking the Chaopraya river. The next stop is the most well-known flower market in Thailand, where you can marvel at all the pretty colors. Discover how the flowers are arranged in a typical Thai style and stroll around the market to shop, enjoy a snack, or end your day dining in a fine restaurant along the market.  The tour will finish between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM and you can enjoy the old city at your own leisure.

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

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

    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. En route stop to visit the flower market to observe the local way of life of Thai people at the market. 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 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 public boat. ...

    It was good to use the 'public transport' option as got to go on sky train, boat, tuk tuk etc. VERY hot on day of visit so take enough water! We didn't stop for lunch as we had a flight deadline The title of the tour is an indicator but personally we felt we saw a few too many Buddhas. Flower market was amazing and boat trip to venues gave a different perspective

  • Flexi Walking Temple Tour: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun

    6. Flexi Walking Temple Tour: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun

    Start the journey by walking 6 minutes to the Emerald Buddha Temple. 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 culture food market that sells dried, salted seafood and wholesale products. Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wa...

    I happened to be the only person to book this tour and Sam, the tour guide couldn’t do a better job showing me around. He made everything clear and answered all my questions. He’s very informative and has great knowledge - not to forget to mention his friendliness. Even when both of us were sweating from the heat, Sam made sure that I am alright, kept to the shade when possible, made sure I have water etc. Amazing tour with an amazing tour guide!!

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

    7. 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...

    The itinerary was good and our guide was good. We enjoyed the lunch and then the long tail boat ride through some canals.

  • From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak & Ayutthaya Combination Tours

    8. From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak & Ayutthaya Combination Tours

    Day 1: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Maeklong Train Market (6 Hours) Board your air-conditioned van in downtown Bangkok by 6:30 AM and drive about 45 minutes to Ban Na Kwang train station where you take a local train to the picturesque Maeklong Railway Market. It is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and is centered on the Maeklong Railway's track. Whenever a train approaches, the awnings and shop fronts are moved back from the rails, to be replaced once the train has passed. Continue to visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Discover the most famous floating markets in Thailand, take in the sights and sounds of the floating vendors. Don't forget to snap some shots and try some foods when you wander through the colorful boats. Get transferred back to Bangkok around 1:30 PM or 2:00 PM. Day 2: Ayutthaya Day Tour by Bus & Retu...

  • Full-Day Private Customized Tour with Local Transportation

    9. Full-Day Private Customized Tour with Local Transportation

    Begin your 8-hour 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. Enjoy full flexibility and decide whether you want to visit major sightseeing attractions, eat good street food, explore the flower market, take a little canal boat tour, or simply bargain better at the shopping malls like MBK Center or Platinum. Explore Rattanakosin Island to see the Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho or Wat Arun. Check out the famous Khao San Road or Cha...

    I had some ideas as to what I wanted to see for the tour, but expected the guide to be more helpful in offering some ideas based upon her knowledge and experience.

  • Bangkok: Thai Baht Coin Monuments Tour

    10. Bangkok: Thai Baht Coin Monuments Tour

    Start with pickup from your accommodation in Bangkok. Travel to Bangkok’s Flower Market to start the day, followed by a visit to Wat Phra Kaew as seen on the 1 Thai Baht coin. Also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this sacred site is known for the huge Buddha statue made from jade, as well as panoramic views of the Bangkok skyline. Explore the nearby Royal Grand Palace, which was home to the royal family until the early 1900s. Next, board a riverboat to the next stop, Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn. Nestled beside the river, this temple is featured on the 10 Thai Baht coin. Discover a monument decorated with colorful mosaic designs that make it a popular photo-op. Snap a shot or two before heading to lunch at a local restaurant for lunch, at your own expense. After lunch, travel to Wat Saket, also known as the Temple of the Golden Mount due to its large gleaming c...

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 770 reviews

I wish I would have written down the name of our guide. She was excellent. She was early to meet us at our hotel. We went to the two temples first and then on to the Royal Palace. This is an excellent tour. The temples and palace are absolutely gorgeous. These are must see sites to see when you are in Bangkok. We started right at 8:30AM so not too early and were done by early afternoon. We opted to stay in the old town area and grab some lunch before trying unsuccessfully to find some tourist t-shirts. The guide suggested a really cool restaurant near the palace for lunch and even walked us over there and got us situated before leaving. The lunch was probably the best food we had in Bangkok. Hopefully get your guide can figure out who our guide was and keeps her busy because she was great.

I happened to be the only person to book this tour and Sam, the tour guide couldn’t do a better job showing me around. He made everything clear and answered all my questions. He’s very informative and has great knowledge - not to forget to mention his friendliness. Even when both of us were sweating from the heat, Sam made sure that I am alright, kept to the shade when possible, made sure I have water etc. Amazing tour with an amazing tour guide!!

The itinerary was good and our guide was good. We enjoyed the lunch and then the long tail boat ride through some canals.

Those incredible monuments deserve a guide to give some explanations about their history and the guide was very kind.

We had a lovely day and saw lots! We had a lovely Thai lunch also