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Bangkok Temples Tour and Chao Phrya River Cruise

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Key Highlights
  • Visit both popular and lesser known attractions of the charming city of Bangkok
  • Explore the spectacular Grand Palace of Bangkok on a guided tour
  • Enjoy a tour of Wat Phra Kaew, known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • Visit Wat Po, a famous Buddhist temple and see the golden reclining Buddha
  • Enjoy a scenic ride in a traditional Thai boat on the River of Kings
  • 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

    Discover a truly unique side to Bangkok and visit the main tourist hotspots as well as the lesser known locales of the charming city. Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Grand Palace that boasts a rich history of kings and sages, and is an enduring symbol of Bangkok. Visit the sacred temple of Wat Phra Kaew, considered the spiritual centre of the nation.

    Visit Wat Po, a temple of great significance in Buddhist Thailand and see the golden reclining Buddha. Board a traditional Thai boat and glide across the River of Kings through 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.” Enjoy a Bangkok tour with a difference and see the city from the perspective of locals. The canal tour promises a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the city and the Grand Palace tour is sure to leave you awestruck with its sheer magnificence!


    Reach The Grand Palace by a local bus for the start of the tour. 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. Stroll through the Grand Palace and take in the fairytale charms of the majestic structure. Your guide will fill you in on the history of the Palace and the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew. The sacred temple is crowned by golden chedis that houses the revered Emerald Buddha. (There is a strict dress code for the Grand Palace visit. Please refer to the Please Note section for more details.)

    You will next visit Wat Po, a temple of great significance in Buddhist Thailand. Wat Po is famous for its golden reclining Buddha and is the birthplace of the traditional Thai massage. An absolute must-visit when in Bangkok, your guide will take you around the temple and regale you with interesting facts and stories about the place.

    Walk a little distance and board a longtail boat from the banks of the Chao Phraya River, or River of Kings. Enjoy a beautiful ride and understand why Bangkok is known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Glide through the network of ‘khlongs’, or canals. Many of the khlongs have been filled in over the years and converted into roads. You will come across many Thai communities as you navigate the beautiful waters. Take in the old world charm of the Bangkok canals, away from the bustling city centre!

    Your tour comes to an end as you glide into the port. Continue sightseeing on your own or return to your hotel. Feel free to ask the guide for any kind of guidance.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • English speaking-guide
    • Entrance fee
    • Long-tail boat ride
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

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

    The Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple will be closed from 1 Oct 17 to 30 Oct 17 and will be replaced with a visit to Wat Arun and lunch which is included in tour price(lunch applicable only till Oct 17 ). The closure is to enable preparations for the Royal funeral of the late king Bhumibal Adulyadej.

    Dress standard: Dress requirements to enter the Grand Palace are very strict. Please ensure you wear dark colored pants or skirts that are ankle length and a dark coloured t-shirt, shirt or blouse and covered shoes are suitable. A respectable black or white collared shirt is what the Thais wear. If you are unable to wear black you can pin a black bow tie on your arm which we can source and supply free of charge to the passengers. Please note the authorities will likely deny the entire group entry if anyone is not dressed appropriately.

    The route of the klong (canal) tour may change depending on the water levels in individual klongs.

    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.

    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.

    All travellers are required to show their passports to enter the Grand Palace. Note that if you do not bring your passport on the tour, you may be denied entry onto the palace grounds.

    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, United Kingdom, 02/Dec/2010
    • Tile is fine

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

      j Chatten, United Kingdom, 13/Mar/2013
    • 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, Australia, 17/Aug/2012
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