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Chao Phraya River Canal Boat Ride and Wat Arun Temple Tour

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Key Highlights
  • Enjoy a boat ride in the "Venice of the East"
  • Glide through a floating market
  • Two transport options to choose from - Coach or Private
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    4 hours (approx.)

    Start time

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

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Bangkok.
    (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 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

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview 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.

    Bangkok’s waterways are an integral part of the city’s landscape and offer a visitor fascinating glimpses into the traditional Thai way of life. Enjoy the ‘floating markets’ and the mobile homes by exploring the city's charming waterways. Boats with different coloured flags sailing on the river make for a picturesque scene.

    Get a fabulous view of the towering spire of the magnificent Wat Arun temple, also known as the Temple of Dawn, one of the most famous landmarks of the city, situated on the west banks of the Chao Phraya river. Once you enter the temple, you will be mesmerized by its interiors too.

    Take a canal tour of the city and discover the many charms of this bustling metropolis.


    This tour is available in two options – coach and private. The private option offers you greater flexibility and you can spend as much or as little time at any of the places that you visit. Unlike the tight schedules of coach tours, the private option allows you to do the tour at your own pace.

    You will be picked up from your hotel and taken on a river cruise in the Thonburi area, accompanied by a local English-speaking guide.

    The highlights of this cruise are:
    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. This is the most well-known landmark and photographed image of Bangkok. It stands on the west bank of Chao Phraya and its colossal spire (prang) is one of Bangkok's world-famous landmarks. 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.

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

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Hotel pickup and Drop off
    • English speaking guide
    • Entrance fees
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the tour operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.

    The Grand Palace and Wat Pho Temple will be closed from 20 Oct 17 to 29 Oct 17 so as to enable preparations for the Royal funeral of the late king.

    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.

    Schedule/Program/Timetable subject to change without prior notice due to local condition.

    S.I.C. Join tour – Available for hotel in City centre only

    S.I.C. Join tour - Not available for Peninsula, Anantara Riverside, Millennium Hilton, Montien Riverside & Ratchada road area (Bangkok Chada, Chao Phraya Park Hotel or etc.) & etc

    All sightseeing tours from hotel nearby Suvarnabhumi Airport area, Don Muang area & Bangkok Railway Station are subject to additional charge.

    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.

  • Customer Reviews
    • Great Toue

      Great tour, and great tour guide. Had the best day, our guide was amazing, so nice and so much fun......he did the little extra's which made our tour so memorable. Highly...

      Ms Lisa Michelle Jobson, Australia, 26/Sep/2013
    • Great Trip

      Pia, our guide could not have been more helpful. She made sure we did evrything at our pace and to our interest level. The trip through the canals was absolutely fascinating. ...

      ALEXANDRA DANBY STOTTOR, Spain, 22/Oct/2012
    • Great tour, very imfortative!

      The Bangkok and Temple of Dawn tour we booked through Isango was fantastic! Our guide was very informative and could answer any question we had. She also waited patiently while...

      Kate E Weeding, Australia, 08/Aug/2012
    • Khun Je our tour guide was SUPER!!!

      Maria Haslund, Denmark, 13/Feb/2017

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