The best things to do around the world

Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha and Canals (Klongs) Tour in Bangkok

US$ 59.67 Price per person from View price guide

Highlights

  • Take a relaxing canal tour along Bangkok’s charming waterways
  • Explore the city’s famous ‘floating markets’ and mobile homes
  • Drift along the river with spectacular views of the city’s famous landmarks
  • Marvel at Bangkok’s architectural splendor
  • Be accompanied by a local English-speaking guide with live commentary

Overview

Discover Bangkok’s historical landmarks on this canal tour along the city’s charming waterways. A canal (klong) tour along Bangkok’s legendary Chao Phraya River and in the Thonburi area is one of the most interesting ways to discover the traditional charms of this city, known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Thonburi lies across the Chao Phraya river and tours on longtail boats around its numerous klongs (canals) are popular. It was briefly Thailand's capital in the 18th century after the fall of Ayutthaya, until King Rama I moved his court across the river to Bangkok.

Enjoy the ‘floating markets’, and mobile homes by exploring the city's charming waterways. Get spectacular views of the magnificent Temple of Dawn and the fabulous Grand Palace, and other famous temples of Bangkok that house some of the most dazzling images of Buddha in the world. Get a riverside view of Bangkok’s architectural splendour as you sail along the mighty Chao Phraya.

Leave the chaotic city behind and discover the fascinating historical landmarks on this canal tour of Bangkok city.

Itinerary

This tour is available in two options – coach and private. The private option offers you greater flexibility- you can spend as much time at any of the places you visit, as per your preference.

You will be picked up from either your hotel or directly from the airport (if you prefer) and taken on a river cruise of the city, accompanied by a local English-speaking guide.

Discover the famous landmarks of Bangkok city on this cruise:

Boat ride along the canals (klongs): Your tour will take you on a cruise along Thailand’s main river, the Chao Phraya, also called the ‘River of Kings’. As you meander in and out of the network of interconnecting canals (klongs) in the Thonburi area, you can enjoy the charming sight of family homes, mobile shops, 'floating kitchens' and colourful scenery dotted along the waterways.

Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn): You'll stop at the dazzling Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) along the way. . Wat Arun has a towering Khmer-style tower with four smaller towers and is the most well-known landmark and photographed image of Bangkok. It stands on the west bank of Chao Phraya. Over 70 metres high, the spire is beautifully decorated with tiny pieces of coloured glass and Chinese porcelain placed delicately into intricate patterns. The smaller towers are equally beautifully adorned with ceramics that sparkle in the sun. Although it is known as the Temple of the Dawn, it is absolutely stunning at sunset.

The Royal Palace: The Grand or Royal Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang is one of the major tourist attractions in Bangkok, and dates back to 1782, the year in which Bangkok was founded. It is actually a complex of buildings and served as the official residence of the king of Thailand from the 18th century to the early 20th century. Today, it is used only for ceremonial purposes. The palace complex consists of over 100 brightly coloured buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics. You will also see the Dusit Hall within the palace complex which houses some of the finest architectural works of the building. Dusit Hall, used to serve as the Funeral Hall of the Grand Palace.

The Chapel Royal of the Emerald Buddha: The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), situated within the Grand Palace, is Thailand's holiest shrine. Its main deity, the highly revered tiny (between 60 and 75 cm) jadeite statue of Emerald Buddha, is located high above the heads of the worshipers and tourists. The murals that adorn the walls depict scenes from the Thai version of the Hindu epic Ramayana.

At the end of the four-hour cruise, you will be dropped off at your hotel or at the airport in Bangkok.

back to top

Reviews

The temples were awesome. Speechless! You need to visit them to believe it. I just wished there was a little more organization. We requested and have been confirmed to be picked... MARK A RIVERA

great tour nice to see canals how locals live... Mr Adam Fowler

back to top

Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

4 hours (approx.)

Start time

Start time: 0830h (08:30am) or 1300h (01:00pm)
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

Meeting point

Your hotel in Bangkok or the airport.
Please mention your hotel name and address or flight details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.
For Private tours, please also mention your preferred start time.

Ending point

Your hotel in Bangkok or the airport

back to top

Inclusions

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and Dropoff
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees

Do/Dont's

The Thais have a strict dress code for foreigners visiting these temples, so please dress appropriately. No shorts or sleeveless dresses.

back to top

Please note

Please call the tour operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.
For coach tour, pick up time is 30 – 45 minutes before the start time.
Pattaya hotels outside the City Centre area: Ambassador Jomtien, Botanic Resort and Pinnacle Jomtien / Golden Beach are subject to a surcharge of USD 11 per person per way payable directly.
Guide also available in other languages with supplement charge payable directly.
Dusit Hall (The Royal Palace) Closed on Sunday

Airport pick-up and drop-off is available only if you opt for Private Tour.

back to top

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.
back to top

Cancellation policy

See the Cancellation policy for this product

back to top
  • Select Date and Travellers
  • When are you going?
  • Who is going
  • Child age

  • Children are not allowed
Check Availability
  • 4Reviews (8)
  • "Very beautiful!!!" The temples were awesome. Speechless! You need to visit them to believe it. I just wished there was a little more organization. We requested and have been confirmed to be picked...
  • see all