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

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

Explore the lights of Bangkok from the Choa Phraya river on a night river cruise. Savor authentic Thai and delicious international cuisine with a buffet dinner. Sip on a welcome drink, tea, and coffee as you pass the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Listen to live music and watch an thrilling cabaret show.  Start your Bangkok river cruise by checking in at the meeting point at the River City Complex. Board the White Orchid Cruise Ship and have a welcome drink while you enjoy a classical Thai dance as the cruise starts along the Chao Phraya River. Along the journey, 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. Enjoy a buffet dinner with a great variety of delightful dishes ranging from traditional Thai to Western cuisines, followed by desserts. While enjoying your food, be entertained with a live music performance and a 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 to marvel at a 360-degree view of Bangkok from the Choa Phraya river by night. Arrive back at the River City pier to enjoy the rest of your evening in Bangkok.

Bangkok: Midnight Food Tour by Tuk-Tuk

3. Bangkok: Midnight Food Tour by Tuk-Tuk

Get off the beaten tourist tracks and follow a well-planned route to savor typical Isan food from northeast Thailand, the best Pad Thai in town, scrumptious chicken fried noodles, and much more. See the landmarks of the Old Town along the way as you pass temples and flower markets without the tourist crowds. Explore and wander the complex of the peaceful Wat Pho, which is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, at night. Enjoy a drink at a rooftop bar with a stunning view of the Chao Phraya River with Wat Arun on the other side of town. The experience will end just before midnight and you will be transferred back to your hotel in Bangkok downtown by a tuk-tuk driver.  

Bangkok: Markets, Temples and Food Night Tour by Tuk Tuk

4. Bangkok: Markets, Temples and Food Night Tour by Tuk Tuk

Discover the beauty of Bangkok by night, and visit sites that most tourists only see during the daytime. Zip thorugh the streets of Bangkok in the back of a tuk-tuk and stop to try some delicious food and drinks. Visit sights like the Wat Pho, Wat Aru, the flower market, and Chinatown. Take a walk through local Bangkok night markets, such as the 24-hour flower market that comes to life as the night goes on. You may even be surprised with stops at places you’ve never heard of! While the temple buildings may be closed at night the grounds are often beautifully lit up at night and you will walk around two temples including the famous Wat Arun. You’ll also stop to sample some of the best food in the city, whether that be random snacks in a market, some of the city’s best noodles, or dessert in Chinatown. You certainly won’t go hungry, so there’s no need to eat beforehand! Vegetarian food options are available throughout the tour. During most of the tour you’ll get around by tuk tuk, and traveling at night should mean a lot less traffic and cooler temperatures than during the day.

Bangkok: Grand Palace & Wat Pho Half-Day Private Tour

5. Bangkok: Grand Palace & Wat Pho Half-Day Private Tour

Discover the Grand Palace, the official residence of the Kings of Thailand, and the home to the Emerald Buddha. See the Wat Pho and its reclining buddha statue on this private tour. Admire intricate wall paintings of the Ramayana saga and relish the gold-covered architecture at the Grand Palace. Hear about how the palace is still used for official events such as the coronation. See how religion and the royal family are central to Thailand's identity. Next, visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho. Gaze at the impressive 151-foot-long and 50-meter-tall Buddha decorated with mother-of-pearl and carved with holy signs. Read the 1,360 marble inscriptions about medical, historical, and liberal sciences that line the temple. Hear interesting facts from your guide and learn how the temple is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple today. On your way back, pass by the Tha Thien Market, a cultural food market that sells dried, salted seafood and wholesale products.

Bangkok: Wat Pho and Wat Arun Guided Walking Tour

6. Bangkok: Wat Pho and Wat Arun Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a short walking tour around Bangkok with an experienced guide. Visit some of the city’s most famous landmarks in just three hours and choose from multiple start times to ensure flexibility within your schedule. Follow your guide as you venture to the world-famous Wat Pho. Witness the remarkable 46-meter long reclining Buddha statue and colorful mosaic shrines. Be in awe of one of the most stunningly aesthetic temples in Bangkok. See the famed Buddha statue and walk around the impressive temple grounds. Continue your journey to War Arun, a 300-year old temple known for its enormous white Chedi inlaid with thousands of colorful mosaic pieces. Located at the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this temple is a magnificent landmark seen around the city.

Bangkok: E-Scooter Night Tour with Local Street Food

7. Bangkok: E-Scooter Night Tour with Local Street Food

The tour starts the convenient meeting point where you'll be given a short training session on how to ride the electric scooter. After the instructions, you’ll have a test run to get comfortable on the e-scooter then start the tour. First, you’ll get a brief history of Bangkok as you ride to the first stop. Now that you’re confident on the scooter you’ll tour through a few lesser-known areas to see Bangkok like a local, including a beautiful temple. Next up stop at Wat Arun and take photos of it shimmering in the night light, 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, see the royal Grand Palace at night. Although it is closed at this time, it's still a magnificent sight to behold.   The next stop will be for a street food dinner where you'll get to eat like a local at a popular stall before moving 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.   Finally, visit Wat Prayoon with its huge white stupa lit up at night. After a ride along the riverside and winding back streets, you’ll arrive once again at the starting point of the tour.

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

9. 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.

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

10. 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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We had a great time on the scooter tour. It was a great way to see many different aspects of Bangkok including markets, street food, riding down alleys and seeing how locals live. We had a delicious dinner in a local home-style restaurant. Our tour guide Scott took great care of us, sharing information about all the places we visited. He took photos and shared with us, and made the scooter riding fun but also safe and easy to learn.

The long tailed boat ride in the canal was the most interesting. The palace and the reclining Buddha temple were also neat, though a little more of the history would be welcomed.

An excellent tour, the guide ‘Mr Harry’ was informative and helpful in every respect. I saw all the major sights with and their history explained. Highly recommended

The tour guide was really knowledgable, nice and spoke extremely good English, and he even stopped to let me wait in a cafe and have some food while it rained.

Excellent tour Mindy was helpful and explained so much Amazing places to visit Thank you