Rattanakosin Island

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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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Bangkok: Private 8-Hour Grand Palace and Temples Tour

2. Bangkok: Private 8-Hour Grand Palace and Temples Tour

Following hotel pick-up, journey to Rattanakosin Island by the best mode of transportation selected for your group. Learn more about Bangkok and its people on the way. Then, explore the Grand Palace complex on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and learn how the former Kings of Siam constructed their buildings. Hear more about the current monarchy of Thailand, and continue to the royal temples of Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Board a boat after lunch to explore the city's network of canals and see a stunning ornamental boat at the Royal Barge Museum. 

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What people are saying about Rattanakosin Island

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 708 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.