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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. Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

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

3. 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: Evening Tour with Wat Arun, Wat Pho & Tuk Tuk Ride

4. Bangkok: Evening Tour with Wat Arun, Wat Pho & Tuk Tuk Ride

Bangkok by day can be hot and sweaty, so why not wait until nighttime falls to explore the city? As the crowds disperse, you’ll get a new view of the Thai capital that many visitors miss. With an action-packed itinerary in store, you’ll start with a leisurely stroll along Maha Rat Road. Learn about the story of Rattanakosin Island and glimpse The Grand Palace from the outside. Next, you’ll visit one of Bangkok’s best-loved attractions Wat Pho, which is home to the magnificent reclining Buddha and a serene ambiance that contrasts with the city's nocturnal buzz. After marveling at the gleaming Buddha, board a ferry and cross the river to head to Wat Arun. This iconic riverside temple, adorned with intricate porcelain and seashell mosaics, stands as a testament to Thailand's rich history and spirituality, offering a tranquil contrast to the city's bustling nightlife. Head back via ferry and take a tuk-tuk ride to experience the vibrant atmosphere in Chinatown. Wander along Yaowarat Road, taking in the buzzing streets, numerous street food stalls, local eateries, and more. Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Bangkok: Full-Day Customized Tour with Local Transportation

5. 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: Customize Your Own Private Bangkok City Tour

6. Bangkok: Customize Your Own Private Bangkok City Tour

Explore Bangkok your way on a half-day or full-day trip with your own private driver and an optional guide. This fully customizable experience gives you the freedom to create your own Bangkok itinerary according to your preferences and priorities.  Get picked up in a private, air-conditioned vehicle to start your day, then start exploring. Travel with a driver only or enrich your trip by choosing to be accompanied by a personal tour guide who will be able to share tidbits of history and culture with you at your chosen destinations. Bangkok is a vibrant metropolis jam-packed with activities and things to do. Whether it’s going temple hopping, walking around the alleyways of Chinatown, or strolling around its bustling markets, you can never run out of things to do, see, and experience in this eclectic city. At checkout, simply indicate the three to four attractions you want to see, with a few additional sights so that your driver or guide has several options to craft the best schedule for you based on geography and diversity. If you don’t know where to start, highly recommended highlights are the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Chinatown (Yaowarat), and the Jim Thompson House. Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Bangkok: Grand Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise with Live Show

7. Bangkok: Grand Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise with Live Show

Let the beauty of the city at night take your breath away on this cruise that takes you past sights like the Temple Of Dawn and the Grand Palace. Eat dinner by candlelight and enjoy refreshments like tea and coffee.  Check-in with staff and receive a warm Thai welcome from the crew as you board the boat. Depart from Asiatique the riverfront, while sipping a drink and taking in the stunning evening scenery on both sides of the river on an open-air deck.  Get lost in the beauty of magnificent architecture at the edge of the river as the city lights up for the night. Admire views of the Temple Of Dawn, Wat Phra Kaew, the Grand Palace, the Suspension Rama VIII Bridge, and a string of world-class waterfront hotels. Treat yourself to a range of Thai and international dishes from the buffet. Soak up the charm and romance of the city as you eat by candlelight while talented musicians and singers grace you with their music. Return to the Asiatique riverfront at the end of your cruise. 

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

8. 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 select the option to have a private air-conditioned car for your trip. There is also the option to book a private canal tour in Bangkok by long-tail boat for approximately 1 hour.

Bangkok: Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Half-Day Tour

9. Bangkok: Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Half-Day Tour

Join a guided tour of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the former home of the Thai King, the Royal court, and the administrative seat of government. Explore the 2 zones of the complex, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the royal residence. Follow your guide through the outer, middle, and inner courts. Pass by several state offices such as the Bureau of the Royal Household, the Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary, and the Office of the Royal Institute. Discover the Middle Court starting from Phiman Chai Si Gate to Sanam Ratchakit Gate. Learn how since the founding of Bangkok as the nation's capital by King Rama I, The Grand Palace has been the major architectural symbol of the Thai Royal Family. Today, the palace hosts royal ceremonies and welcomes the king's guests, State guests, and other foreign dignitaries. Head to the Middle Court area to see the Phra Maha Monthien Buildings, the Chakri Maha Prasat Buildings, the Phra Maha Prasat Buildings, and the Siwalai Gardens Quarter. See the Inner Court from Sanam Ratchakit Gate to Thaew Teng, which formerly served as palace walls during the reign of King Rama I. Visit Wat Phra Kaew, a sacred temple that enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade. Soak in the peaceful ambiance of the spiritual core of Thai Buddhism and the monarchy. Then, enter a female-only zone in the southern area of the Inner Court where no man except for the king was allowed to get in, where the queens, consorts, consort mothers, and daughters of the king lived together with many ladies-in-waiting and servants. Inside the Grand Palace, find the Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations and Coins to see Thai coins and regalia on display.

Grand Palace, Damnoen Floating Market & Maeklong Market Tour

10. Grand Palace, Damnoen Floating Market & Maeklong Market Tour

Spend a day discovering some of the best markets and temples that Bangkok has to offer. Enjoy a combination of local culture, sightseeing, and food tastings. First, visit the Maeklong Railway Market. Called "Talat Rom Hup" which roughly means "umbrella pulldown market", watch the vendors scramble to pack up their stalls when a train goes by along the track that runs through the market. Explore and hopefully see the train pass before making way to the next stop, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Discover one of the more famous floating markets in the city, which is made up of a network of narrow canals dotted with vendors paddling their boats filled with their wares. From local produce to souvenir items, take in the organized chaos on the river before stopping for lunch in a local restaurant, at your own expense. After indulging in a variety of tasty Thai foods, set off to visit Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is one of the country’s most sacred temples. Take in the tranquil and spiritual environment before making your way to the Grand Palace. Marvel at the exquisite architecture and numerous images here, once home to the Thai royal family up until the early 1900s. Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

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4.6
(2,112 reviews)

Nuch was arguably one of the best tour guides I have ever experienced. She was so knowledgable and we found it gave an extra edge to other tours we have been too. Nuch put our questions and needs first and therefore made the experience very personal. She ensured we were well hydrated and did make us feel that we could not ask any needless questions. What a tour! Thank you Nuch 😀

We had booked this trip almost last minute. We wanted a general overview of some of the main sights in Bangkok and our guide definitely delivered. We had a great experience at each of the tree sights we visited and we had plenty of time to enjoy them.

The tour was wonderful. Aey was a great guide. Loved the way she explained the history and culture. She was very cheerful, atentive to our needs and accomodating in every stop. She truly went above and beyond. I definitely recomend this tour.

Jack was a very nice guide, he’s passionate about guiding through the palace and it shows he knows what he’s talking about. Great experience, would recommend!

Guide Thongsuk is good in your job, very kindly and she showed us details about the temples that we had visited today. Thanks!!