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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.

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

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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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...

  • Bangkok: Thai Baht Coin Monuments Tour

    7. 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...

  • Bangkok: Customized Private Long-Tail Boat Hire with a Guide

    8. Bangkok: Customized Private Long-Tail Boat Hire with a Guide

    Meet your guide at Tha Maharaj, also known as Maharaj Pier, and depart on a long-tail speedboat journey on the “River of Kings,” the Chao Phraya River. Benefit from a private guide and included travel insurance to ensure your safety is the top priority. Choose between 1, 1.5 or 2-hour tour options, and customize the itinerary based on your interests, as long as it is realistic time-wise and can be adjusted if necessary after meeting your guide. Once the tour is finished, you will be transferred back to the Tha Maharaj Pier. The places you can visit include: • Wat Arun or “Temple of Dawn,” one of Bangkok's most famous temples on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River • Wat Kalayanamit, a prominent local Thai Buddhist temple located next to the river in an area considered one of the most important in Bangkok's history • The Artist's House (Baan Silapin), a 2-floor, L-shaped wooden build...

  • Bangkok: Wat Arun Self-Guided Audio Tour

    9. Bangkok: Wat Arun Self-Guided Audio Tour

    Take a narrated, self-guided audio tour of the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). Discover one of the most stunning religious structures along the Chao Phraya River. Enjoy a tour that has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Use your self-guided audio tour to explore the Wat Arun complex at your own pace. Begin at the entrance and follow the route provided on the app. Explore the main cloister which contains more than 100 Buddha images and Buddha's footprint. Explore the beautiful Ordination Hall and enjoy the views from the central spire, decorated with seashells and porcelain. Hear interesting facts and trivia about the site as you explore.

  • Bangkok: Instagram Spots & Half-Day Temples Tour

    10. Bangkok: Instagram Spots & Half-Day Temples Tour

    Enjoy the perfect solution to explore the Thai capital for those with limited time. During this half-day tour from 8:30 AM-1:30 PM, stop at the following decadent temple sites and learn the fascinating stories behind them while taking photos at these must-visit spots. Start off with Wat Pho, otherwise known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, which is one of the largest and most impressive temple sights in Bangkok. Marvel at the 150-foot Buddha statue made entirely of gold leaf before exploring the attractive grounds. An endless sea of mosaic stupas make Wat Pho quite unlike other temples in the capital. Continue with Wat Arun, the number one landmark in Thailand. This religious complex, also called the Temple of Dawn, is known for its dreamy white spires that can be seen for miles around. The best way to reach it is by hopping on a riverboat from Wat Pho, giving you the chance to s...

    A brilliant tour! Tar, our guide was fantastic, knowledgeable and so much fun! A small group of 3, (Jackie was great fun too!), made the tour feel really personal! Tar was great at taking pictures and videos, which we will be laughing at for a long time!! Thank you so much Tar! James and Corinne Young xx

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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