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Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

1. Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

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, Wat Pho. It is on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the 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 until today. Complete the list of must-visit temples in Bangkok by continue your journey to Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks which is known for its giant tower, next to the Chao Phraya River, standing 70 meters high. The temple is decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass surrounded by Chinese porcelain.

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

2. 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 Programme. Most importantly, it is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple today. 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. The temple is one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks which is known for its giant tower, 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 to enjoy the rest of your time in the City of Angels!

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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 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.

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

4. 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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Full-Day Private Customized Tour with Local Transportation

5. 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 Chatuchak Weekend Market. Be hassle-free and let the guide arrange things for you to enjoy the fascinating city at its best.

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Bangkok: Night Bike Ride and Dinner at a Local Restaurant

6. Bangkok: Night Bike Ride and Dinner at a Local Restaurant

Discover Bangkok at night on a guided small group cycling tour for a maximum of 6 people. Explore alleyways like a local with an experienced guide, see famous landmarks lit up at night, and savor an authentic Thai meal for dinner. Begin your experience at the meeting point on the Thonburi side of Bangkok at 6 PM. Receive your bike, helmet, and light for your safety, as well as fluorescent clothing, if you wish. Take a short ride through winding alleys to a local Thai family's restaurant and enjoy a tasty meal there. After dinner, cycle through a few lesser-known areas to see Bangkok like a local. Stop at Wat Arun and take photos of it shimmering in the night lights, then cross the Chao Phraya River on a local ferry. Once on the other side of the river, ride to Wat Pho, the largest temple in Bangkok famous for its huge reclining Buddha statue. Next, cycle around the Royal Grand Palace and on to the 24-hour flower market, Pak Khlong Talat. Delight in the colorful, fragrant, and exotic fresh flowers in the market, and see everything from common roses to bright orchids, lilies, and more. Then, head toward Chinatown and cycle among the bright neon lights and market alleys. Savor the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown and its street food vendors. Finally, cross the river again on a ferry and ride like a local through some of the winding back streets. The tour concludes at your original departure point.

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Bangkok: Half-Day Temple and Grand Palace Private Tour

7. 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: Grand Palace Self-Guided Walking Tour

8. Bangkok: Grand Palace Self-Guided Walking Tour

Welcome to the narrated, offline, self-guided walking tour of the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok. Explore the Grand Palace with maximum flexibility and value. Begin the tour in the heart of bustling Bangkok, at the Grand Palace gates. The Palace is also Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist temple site, which the Thai people hold close to their hearts. Start your tour as soon as you downloaded the app and arrived at the Grand Palace entrance. Enter the spacious grounds, follow the instructions, and hear all about the long history of the palace, the battles of kings, and the mysteries of the Emerald Buddha. Follow a set route and explore the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Outer Court with many public buildings, the Middle Court including the Phra Maha Monthien, Phra Maha Prasat, and Chakri Maha Prasat buildings, the Inner Court, and the Siwalai Gardens quarter. Walk into the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, explore the palace grounds, and admire the murals of the Ramakien outside. As your tour wraps up, you’ll end by the gates again and have discovered the deep significance of this royal and religious site.

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

9. 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. 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. 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.

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Bangkok: Shore Excursion Highlights Tour from Laem Chabang

10. Bangkok: Shore Excursion Highlights Tour from Laem Chabang

In the morning, you will meet and greet with your private guide and driver at Laem Chabang Port. You will board a private air-conditioned car and drive to Bangkok, a journey which takes about 2 hours. First you will be visiting the former royal buildings of the Chakri Kings and the beautiful Emerald Buddha. This will feature the most impressive Buddhist statues and the holiest temple of Thailand. The next temple is Wat Pho. It's the largest temple in Bangkok and famous for its huge and majestic Reclining Buddha which is 46-meters long and covered in gold leaf. After lunch at a local restaurant, it’s time to discover Thai life around the river by boat. You will board your long tail boat and cruise though the canals, or "klongs", for about 1 hour. Following this you will be transferred back to the port in Laem Chabang, with an expected return time of about 6:00PM.

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What people are saying about Grand Palace Bangkok

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,518 reviews

My husband and I had an incredible time and were recommending this trip to everyone we bumped into! Mhom was our guide and she did an excellent job taking us around and explaining everything and answering all our questions! The sites themselves were absolutely stunning as well and Mhom gives you plenty of time to take it all in. She made us feel taken care of and again, I can’t recommend this trip enough!

Mhom took us on an informative tour across the most majestic palace and temples, she made my first untraditional Christmas a one to remember. She had an aura of great energy which was unmatched to many, I would go on a different guided tour with her again!

It was like we had the whole place to ourselves - not crowded at all, ideal for sightseeing. We were also alone on the tour - there are still fewer people traveling to Thailand than in the previous years. Mhom was a great guide, we loved her company.

Very organized and guides were very knowledgeable about all aspects of the tour’s, would highly recommend this company

We had a beautiful and very informative tour with the very kind tour guide Mhom.