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Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

1. Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Bangkok's major area by 8AM, then begin the journey by 9AM from River City Bangkok by local transport 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.

Bangkok: 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise

2. Bangkok: 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise

Start your evening by checking in at the meeting point at the River City Complex at 7:00 PM. Board the White Orchid Cruise Ship at 7:45 PM and have a welcome drink while you enjoy a classical Thai dance as the cruise starts along the Chao Phraya River. Along the journey, you will have a chance to observe Bangkok's remarkable sights light up in the dark, including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha), Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and many more. At 8:00 PM, a buffet dinner will be served with a great variety of delightful dishes ranging from traditional Thai to Western cuisines, followed by desserts. While enjoying your food, you'll be thoroughly entertained with the live music performance and a unique Cabaret show on board. After dinner, you can take the opportunity to observe the sights flowing by on the river banks by relaxing on the open-air deck - this will allow you to marvel at a 360-degree view of Bangkok from the Choa Phraya river by night. At 9:45 PM, you'll arrive back at the River City pier to enjoy the rest of your evening in Bangkok.

Bangkok: Grand Palace Self-Guided Walking Tour

3. 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.

Full-Day Private Customized Tour with Local Transportation

4. 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.

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 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.

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

6. 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.

Grand Palace, Damnoen Floating Market & Maeklong Market Tour

7. 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.

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

8. 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!

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 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 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.

Bangkok: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 30+ Attractions

10. Bangkok: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 30+ Attractions

Experience over 30 Bangkok attractions and save up to 50% compared to purchasing individual tickets. Your all-inclusive pass gives you 2, 3, 4, or 5 consecutive days (depending on the option selected) to sightsee and experience as much of this vibrant city as you want. Master recipes with a Thai cooking class at Go! Thai Cooking School, explore a private outdoor museum at Ancient City, and ride a Tuk Tuk Hop around town. Explore the city on two wheels with a Temple and Royal Palace e-scooter tour, relax with a 90-minute Thai massage, and more. Simply download your digital pass to your mobile device or print it at home before you go. Show it at each attraction or tour to gain access. It's that simple. You'll also receive a digital guide with attraction information and instructions. Attractions and tours included with your Bangkok All-Inclusive Pass: Museums and Historical Sites • Ayutthaya Day Tour (4 temples) • Bangkok Temples Guided Tour • Ancient City • Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Guided Tour • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour • The Erawan Museum • Patpong Museum • Art in Paradise Pattaya • Rural Canal and Wat Arun Guided Tour Tours and Cruises • 2-Hour Meridian Dinner Cruise (international buffet) • Chao Phraya River Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Boat • Temple and Royal Palace E-Scooter Tour • Bangkok Culture Cycling Guided Tour • Bangkok Landmark E-Scooter Tour • Koh Kred Island E-Scooter Tour • 3-Hour Electric Scooter Guided Tour • Tuk Tuk Hop Experiences and Leisure • Go! Thai Cooking School (cooking class with 5 dishes) • 90-Minute Authentic Thai Massage Treatment at Let’s Relax Spa • Safari World Bangkok • Siam Amazing Park • Go Bangkok Bicycle Rental • Chinatown Michelin Guide Street Food Tour • The Bangkok Pub Crawl Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go.

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What people are saying about Grand Palace Bangkok

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,487 reviews

From start to finish the Driver and Guide Meema were both a perfect duo. As a traveling couple visiting Bangkok we could not fault her personal friendship to us. Her knowledge shared in perfect English with each visit to the temples giving history and sharing stories with remarkable knowledge. On a very hot Day everything was planned to fine detail the use of ferries the ride on a Tuk Tuk to reach the chosen Temples was an additional bonus to us. We loved our day Meema made it that extra bit special. Always grateful x

Very good experience. The very nice and attentive guide, with command of Spanish. It was tailored to my interests and I was able to enjoy an amazing day in the beautiful city of Bangkok. 100% recommendable.

We had a really good and knowledgable guide. Bean was knowledable, funny and made the whole experience very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend him.

I had a great god who guided me super. He knew a lot about the palace and the city. An amazing experience

It was a very nice dinner with fireworks show (not sure if it was included).