Golden Buddha, Bangkok

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Bangkok: Half-Day Temple and Grand Palace Private Tour

1. Bangkok: Half-Day Temple and Grand Palace Private Tour

Visit Bangkok's Wat Trimitr and Wat Pho temples as well as the Royal Grand Palace on a private guide tour with multiple language options and hotel pickup service. See spectacular pagodas and golden Buddha statues while getting a deep understanding of Thai culture. After your hotel pickup, start your tour at the Wat Trimitr temple, home of the largest known solid gold Buddha image in the world. Learn about the fascinating history of the 700-year old statue that stands at 15 feet tall and weighs approximately 5.5 tons. Continue through Bangkok’s thriving Chinatown district to the grounds of the Wat Pho temple, a large and extensive monument neighboring the Grand Palace enclave. Here, discover the massive gold plated Reclining Buddha, measuring 46 meters long and 15 meters high, with beautifully inlaid mother-of-pearl soles. Considered to be one of the worlds’ most famous temples, Wat Pho is also regarded as the first center of public education and is sometimes called ‘Thailand’s first university’. Well-known for its Thai massage services within the temple walls, many come here to relax and enjoy a peaceful day. Lastly, head to the Grand Palace, which is situated close to the Chao Phraya, Bangkok’s River of Kings. Explore the public areas of Bangkok’s most popular tourist attraction. Built in 1782 by King Rama, the palace is still often used for royal ceremonies today.

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Bangkok: Private Half-Day Temple Tour

2. Bangkok: Private Half-Day Temple Tour

Visit Bangkok's most unique temples including Wat Trimitr, Wat Pho, and Benjamaborpitr on a private guided tour with multiple language options. See spectacular pagodas and golden Buddha statues while getting a deep understanding of Thai culture. After your hotel pickup, start your tour at the Wat Trimitr temple, home of the largest known solid gold Buddha image in the world. Learn about the fascinating history of the 700-year old statue that stands at 15 feet tall and weighs approximately 5.5 tons. Continue through Bangkok’s thriving Chinatown district to the grounds of the Wat Pho temple, a large and extensive monument neighboring the Grand Palace enclave. Here, discover the massive gold plated Reclining Buddha, measuring 46 meters long and 15 meters high, with beautifully inlaid mother-of-pearl soles.  Considered to be one of the worlds’ most famous temples, Wat Pho is also regarded as the first center of public education and is sometimes called ‘Thailand’s first university’. Well-known for its Thai massage services within the temple walls, many come here to relax and enjoy a peaceful day. Finally, stop at Wat Benjamaborpitr, also called the White Marble Temple and one of the finest examples of Thai architecture that is noted for its elegant white marble façade imported from Italy. Step inside the main chapel to see the country’s most captivating Buddha’s image.

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Bangkok Chinatown Food Tour

3. Lonely Planet Experiences: Bangkok Chinatown Food Tour

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience. This is a small-grouped tour of no more than 12 people, and led by an expert guide. This Bangkok tour of will take you through Bangkok’s iconic Chinatown, a neighborhood so rich in sights, sounds, and smells that it could only really be described as an assault on the senses (in a good way!). Taking a stroll through this neighborhood is one of the best things to do in Bangkok, and with a local to guide you along, you’ll never miss a beat. Begin this tour at Ratchawong Pier, where you’ll step back in to the old markets in Yaowarat, right in the heart of Chinatown. It doesn’t get any more old-school Bangkok than this – these Chinese locals were traders living in the villages of Bangkok before it became the capital. Your local guide will tell you all about the history of this area, and why it’s such an important part of Chinatown. From the pier, your Bangkok tour will continue to Song Wat Road, which is bordered by old business buildings and warehouses that are still operating today, and also head towards the plastic and leather products quarter on Yaowa Phanit Road. This part of the tour is a journey through the bustling businesses of Chinatown, where you’ll be able to see the locals go about their daily duties and get a feel of what it would be like to live here. From industry to ancient history, the next stop on your tour will lead you to Wat Traimit Temple, an incredible sight to behold and one of the things in Bangkok you can't miss. This stunning temple enshrines the world’s largest solid gold seated Buddha from the Sukhothai Era, measuring nearly five meters high and weighing five and a half tonnes. Here your guide will let you in on the local secrets and history behind the Buddha, and the legendary tales that surround the original Buddha that sat there. This temple also houses the Chinese Museum, where you’ll learn all about the history of the Chinese people in Thailand and the fascinating relationship between these two countries. Next, get into everything you’ve been waiting for – bring on the food! With your local guide, head to a 100-year old coffee shop on Phat Sai Road, where you’ll be treated to a coffee, snack, and the opportunity to sit back and soak up the atmosphere. Fully rejuvenated, head to a market specializing in Chinese religious products and fresh food. At night, this area is filled with street stalls and becomes one giant and extremely tasty food bazaar. Pick and choose from street grills or the finest Chinese restaurants; this will be your opportunity to go wild and try all those dishes you’ve never even heard of, but after this experience you’ll never forget them! With a belly full of Bangkok treats, continue on this Bangkok food tour towards Talat Pak Khlong, the largest wholesale flower and vegetable market in Bangkok, an area rich in color and vitality, and the perfect spot to take some bright Bangkok photos. The tour will finish in this area, which you're free to continue exploring, or your local guide will be happy to assist you in finding a taxi for you back to your accommodation. This tour is not only an opportunity to sample all the yummy delights that Chinatown has to offer, although it is a serious pro! It’s all that food, plus history, culture, and local life. You couldn’t pack any more into this tour if you tried!

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Private Tour: Wat Pho, Wat Traimit and Wat Benchamabophit

4. Private Tour: Wat Pho, Wat Traimit and Wat Benchamabophit

After meeting your professional guide at your hotel in Bangkok city center, start your 4-hour morning or afternoon tour to explore some of the most remarkable temples in Bangkok.  Visit 3 beautiful temples, beginning with Wat Traimit. This temple has the largest Golden Buddha statue, and is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. Continue the tour to Wat Pho, the Temple of Reclining Buddha, one of the oldest and most-visited temples. Believed to be founded during the 16th century, it served as the Royal Temple of King Rama I of Charki Dynasty. Here, the 46-meter-long reclining Buddha lays inside the main ordination hall. Lastly, visit Wat Benchamabophit, the Marble Temple. This is regarded as one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand. Inside the main ordination hall, see the sacred Phra Buddha Chinnarat image, reproduced from the original image in Phitsanuloke. Finish the tour by being dropped off back at your hotel by your guide.

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Bangkok: Chinatown and Wat Traimit Self-Guided Walking Tour

5. Bangkok: Chinatown and Wat Traimit Self-Guided Walking Tour

Discover the best of Chinatown on this self-guided walking tour. See the area's most iconic monuments and attractions and immerse yourself in the area's renowned street food scene. Follow the instructions on your app-based tour and listen to the stories and history of Buddism, the Chinatown Gate, and delicious street food on Yaowarat Road. Start your tour at the Temple of the Golden Buddha. Here, learn more about this iconic 5-ton statue, made from solid gold. Continue through Chinatown, passing by famous landmarks such as Wat Mangkon Kamalawat. Refuel on Yaowarat Road with a bite to eat from one of the street's Michelin-starred food stalls. Finish your tour on Sampeng Lane where you can buy some unique clothes and accessories.

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From Pattaya: Bangkok Temples Full-Day Tour

6. From Pattaya: Bangkok Temples Full-Day Tour

Don’t miss out on visiting some of Bangkok’s most beautiful temples from Pattaya. This full-day tour of Bangkok’s most famous temples includes six unique sites you won’t see anywhere else. Start the day nice and early before heading to the first stop, the Bangkok Flower Market. Known locally as Pak Khlong Talat, it is the city's largest wholesale flower market and is open 24/7. See the colorful displays of flowers, before cruising across the river to the next stop: Wat Arun. Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, is a Hindu temple named after the sun god Aruna. Spend some time here exploring and admiring the colorful spires that can be seen from most viewpoints in Bangkok.  Next stop is Wot Pho, a giant 46-meter long Buddha statue on its side. Besides housing hundreds of Buddha images, Wat Pho is also considered a leading school in Thai massage.  After wandering around Wat Pho, stop to buy lunch at a local restaurant, before heading to the Grand Palace. Once home to the Thai royal family and the seat of government, the Grand Palace still maintains many of its dazzling buildings and structures. Within the huge complex of the Grand Palace is Wat Phra Kaew, which is famous for its Buddha statue made entirely from jade. The last stop is Wat Traimit or "Temple of the Golden Buddha". See the grand 5.5-ton golden statue of a seated Buddha and take in the beautiful white and gold facade, before making your way back to Pattaya.

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Bangkok: Wat Traimit, Wat Po and Wat Benchamabophit Tour

7. Bangkok: Wat Traimit, Wat Po and Wat Benchamabophit Tour

Bangkok’s Buddhist temples are world-famous and this tour takes you to three of the most unusual ones that this city has to offer. You will start at the ornate Wat Traimit, which is situated at the end of Chinatown’s buzzing Yaowarat Road. This temple is home to a unique Golden Buddha that weighs 5.5 tons. Next is the largest temple complex in Bangkok, Wat Po, which has an impressive reclining Buddha that is 46 meters in length. Wat Po is also home to the Pagodas of the Kings. The last stop on this temple tour takes you to the district of Dusit to Wat Benchamabophit. Also known as the White Marble Temple, this is a fine example of Thai architecture and offers great photo opportunities.

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Bangkok: Chinatown City Exploration Phone Game

8. Bangkok: Chinatown City Exploration Phone Game

Solve challenges and move the story forward while seeing the sights in Bangkok's Chinatown with this city exploration game for your phone. Get exact directions that will guide you to each location. Start the game at Hua Lamphong subway station and move through Chinatown as you unlock each new exciting piece of the story. Explore at your own pace, pause the game and resume anytime from the same place. Finish your adventure at the Wedding store. Download the app to your phone so you can play without mobile data. Go on an adventure by yourself, or with a group while learning about Bangkok's fascinating Chinatown neighborhood.

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Bangkok: Half-Day Temple and Grand Palace Group Tour

9. Bangkok: Half-Day Temple and Grand Palace Group Tour

Visit Bangkok's Wat Trimitr and Wat Pho temples as well as the Royal Grand Palace on a guided group tour with multiple language options and hotel pickup service. See spectacular pagodas and golden Buddha statues while getting a deep understanding of Thai culture. After your hotel pickup, start your tour at the Wat Trimitr temple, home of the largest known solid gold Buddha image in the world. Learn about the fascinating history of the 700-year old statue that stands at 15 feet tall and weighs approximately 5.5 tons. Continue through Bangkok’s thriving Chinatown district to the grounds of the Wat Pho temple, a large and extensive monument neighboring the Grand Palace enclave. Here, discover the massive gold plated Reclining Buddha, measuring 46 meters long and 15 meters high, with beautifully inlaid mother-of-pearl soles. Considered to be one of the worlds’ most famous temples, Wat Pho is also regarded as the first center of public education and is sometimes called ‘Thailand’s first university’. Well-known for its Thai massage services within the temple walls, many come here to relax and enjoy a peaceful day. Lastly, head to the Grand Palace, which is situated close to the Chao Phraya, Bangkok’s River of Kings. Explore the public areas of Bangkok’s most popular tourist attraction. Built in 1782 by King Rama, the palace is still often used for royal ceremonies today.

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Planning Your Visit

  • When should I go?

    Bangkok can get swelteringly hot in the summer, so a trip around February is ideal.

  • When is it open?

    From 9:00AM to 5:00PM. you can visit the Golden Buddha.

  • What should I wear?

    Since you will be in Buddhist spaces, it is important to be respectful - while some areas may be stricter than others, dress modestly just to be on the safe side.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Daily, 9:00AM to 5:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Seeing the Golden Buddha is free, but the museum is 10BAHT, about $0.30.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    It's a short walk west of Hua Lampong Station.
  • Additional information
    Dress respectfully and modestly to be safe.

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What people are saying about Golden Buddha, Bangkok

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 93 reviews

We met at the main train station. Honestly the worst part of the whole experience was FINDING our guide, mostly because our Grab taxi could not find the location according to the info that we were given. Thank heaven for some friendly Thai citizens that helped us on our way. The guide, Amin, was super kind and friendly and did a fabulous job winding us through the crowded streets of Chinatown. I loved visiting the Temple and history musuem. It was fascinating to better understand how the Chinese people came to Thailand and influenced it's culture. Amin did a great job of taking us to numerous vendors and trying street food--mango sticky rice was my favorite, but the pad thai was also really good! We ended the evening at a rooftop bar of a local hotel in Chinatown, sipping cool drinks and watching the sun set over Bangkok. It was a fabulous tour!

We went to Bangkok for a one day trip and we’re happy we had Kiwi as a guide. Kiwi was enthusiastic and fun, just what we needed for a one day trip. She made Thailand feel more personal as she shared with us everything about the temples. She knew a lot about Thailand and spoke good English. Our trip would not have been as meaningful without our guide Kiwi. Regardless of the busy Bangkok streets out driver Tom always was ready and available to pick us up and bring us to the next location. It was a good experience.

Our tour guide was great! Funny and smart. Our tour got stuck in the rain and he went out of his way to get us ponchos. He was awesome. I forgot his name but I’m sure all the tour guides for this tour are good. Thanks!

It has been a very positive experience. Our guide is very well prepared, patience and organized. Tour guide was good for English and Thai speaking persons as well.

Great explanations of the history, good customer service. Very pleasant.