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Bangkok Temples Tour and Chao Phrya River Cruise

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Key Highlights

  • See the Reclining Buddha and the Emerald Buddha in a single tour
  • No trip to Bangkok is complete without a stop at the Grand Palace
  • Explore the canals of Bangkok on a long-tail boat
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Approx. 5 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0830h (08:30am)
    Duration: Approx. 5 hours

    Meeting Point

    Lobby of Nouvo City Hotel, 2 Samsen Rd, Soi 2, Pranakorn, Bangkok.
    Please report at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at Wat Phra Kaew

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Wind through the canals of Bangkok on a long-tail boat and see two of the most hallowed Buddhist temples in Thailand.

    Board a traditional Thai boat and follow the River of Kings to Bangkok’s serpentine network of canals, which bespeak a more ancient mode of commerce.

    See communities that still depend on the canals for their livelihood in the “Venice of the East.”

    The temple of Wat Phra Chetuphon has an awe-inspiring statue of the Buddha in repose, and the temple of Wat Phra Kaew has a shimmering emerald Buddha.

    The Grand Palace boasts a rich history of kings and sages, and is an enduring symbol of Bangkok.


    There is no hotel pick-up for this Temples and River of Kings tour. Please make your way to the designated meeting point. This is a small group tour with Maximum group size 12. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

    Begin your trip with a walk down to the banks of the Chao Praya River (meaning River of Kings) and board a traditional long tail boat. Glide across this ancient waterway and enter the canals (klongs) of Bangkok, which were utilized as a transport network in centuries past and earned the city the nickname “Venice of the East.”

    In recent times, many of these klongs have been filled in and converted to roads, but in the Thonburi area, the canals survive. Your boat trip will give you insight into the removed communities that have sprouted up along the canals, seemingly a world away from the pandemonium of downtown Bangkok.

    Disembark from your boat at the Wat Po temple, which was renamed Wat Phra Chetuphon in 1801. The temple is the spiritual center of the Buddhist religion in Thailand, and is distinguished by an enormous statue of the reclining Buddha. Wat Phra Chetuphon was the site of the country’s first university and still houses a school where traditional Thai massage and medicine are taught. Follow your guide through this fascinating 17th century temple complex.

    Walk to Bangkok’s incomparable Grand Palace. Built in 1782 in time for the coronation of King Rama I, the Grand Palace served as the official residence of the King of Siam, the Royal Court and administrative seat of government until the early 1900's.

    Though no longer the official residence of the King, the Grand Palace is still very much a spiritual and political center of the nation, and is used for a variety of ceremonies during the year. Note: In case of unexpected closure of the Grand Palace the tour will be directed to Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn. Which is named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn. Sitting majestically on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, the legendary Wat Arun is one of the most striking riverside landmarks of Thailand.

    Conclude your experience with a tour of Wat Phra Kaew, a sacred temple crowned by golden chedis that houses the revered Emerald Buddha.

    You are free to continue exploring the area at tour’s end, or your guide will assist you in getting a taxi (payable direct) back to your hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • English speaking-guide
    • Entrance fee
    • Long-tail boat ride


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.

    Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Please ensure your knees and shoulders are covered as this trip will visit religious sites.

    You must be wearing shoes with a closed heel to visit the Grand Palace.

    The route of the klong trip may change depending on the water levels in individual klongs.

    In case of unexpected closure of the Grand Palace the tour will be directed to Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
  • Reviews

      Fab tour very enjoyable....

      MR H PATEL
    • Tile is fine

      We suggest hotel pick up is better and also return should be part of the package...

      j Chatten
    • Pleasant say

      The guide was delightful, informative, flexible and full of good knowledge and advice. It was a pleasure spending the day with her and enjoying this day tour....

      Karen McCroary
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