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Chao Phraya River: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: River Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess

3. Bangkok: River Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess

Enjoy an evening dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess, traveling along Bangkok’s main waterway. Experience the magic of the illumination of the city’s temples and other historic monuments. Check-in at the River City shopping complex and board a safe and comfortable cruiser to experience the Chao Phraya River at night. Take in views of both banks of the river from the open-air upper deck. Soak up the atmosphere of the city’s top landmarks and monuments illuminated at night, and tuck into an elegant gourmet buffet dinner of international fare, accompanied by light background music.

Bangkok: Luxury Buffet Dinner Cruise With Live Music

4. Bangkok: Luxury Buffet Dinner Cruise With Live Music

Take a river cruise along the Chao Phraya River and see Bangkok light up at night. Listen to live music, see iconic sights, and eat a delicious seafood buffet dinner with both Thai and international foods available. This is a night you won't want to miss. Embark on a luxury dinner cruise from ICONSIAM Shopping Center right by the Chao Phraya River. Sit back, relax, and admire breathtaking views of the Grand Place, Wat Arun Temple, and other famous buildings alongside the river. Enjoy a candlelit dinner with live singers as you savor dishes like sashimi, papaya salad, tom yum goong, pad thai, chicken with cashew nuts, fried fish in sweet and sour sauce, curries, pasta, and a variety of western and Thai desserts. Watch traditional Thai dance performances as your luxury dinner cruise comes to an end and you head back to the meeting point.

Bangkok Classical Bicycle Tour

5. Bangkok Classical Bicycle Tour

This 3-hour bike tour of Bangkok is ideal for enthusiastic adventurers and those who want to extend their knowledge of Bangkok to its extensive Chinatown, historic capital of Thonburi and hidden backstreets. Starting in the heart of Chinatown, the 3-hour tour explores the frenetic market environment, winding through narrow streets and alleyways. Your senses will come alive to the sights, sounds, and smells of a vibrant community in motion. We will pass by shop houses selling everything from Buddhist amulets to recycled truck engines. Locals worshiping at hidden temples, ritual paper burnings, and the omnipresent spirit house display evidence of a culture that has been centuries in the making. Cross the Chao Phraya River, with majestic views of the city skyline behind you, and visit Thonburi, the historic third capital of Thailand. Contrasting chaotic Chinatown, peaceful elements of local Thai life abound as you cycle through diverse residential communities. Inquisitive smiles and friendly greetings reinforce the feeling that you have truly left behind the beaten path and are now experiencing the authentic Thailand on this thrilling tour of a Bangkok less well-known.

Bangkok: Chao Phraya Buffet Dinner Viva Alangka Cruise

6. Bangkok: Chao Phraya Buffet Dinner Viva Alangka Cruise

Enjoy a warm welcome onboard and set out on a dinner cruise under the stars. Indulge in a large buffet dinner under candlelight with live music in a romantic atmosphere. Taste the large international buffet with fresh seafood elegantly arranged with appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Enjoy beautiful traditional Thai dancing performances on the cruise as you pass Bangkok's most stunning landmarks.

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

7. 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.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Day Tour by Bus & Boat

8. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Day Tour by Bus & Boat

Embark on a day tour to Ayutthaya by bus and boat. See the ancient capital of Siam and its many temples and historic monuments. Depart from River City Bangkok onboard a luxury boat for a cruise down the Chao Phraya River. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the river with the morning atmosphere on the upper deck passing by the Temple of Dawn and The Grand Palace. Enjoy a Thai and international buffet lunch on board. After the cruise, board a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and travel to Ayutthaya province. First, stop to see Wat Lokayasutharam. This temple is known for its giant reclining buddha. Continue to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, which is part of the royal palace complex. It is considered the most important temple of Ayutthaya. Next, visit Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya, one of the oldest of its kind in the province. Fnish your trip at the grand riverside Wat Chaiwattanaram. Marvel at its compelling architectural style, influenced by the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, as you wander around the monumental grounds. Then, hop back on the bus for your transfer back to Bangkok.

Bangkok in a Day: Must-Visit Highlights Tour with a Guide

9. 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: 4-Hour Chinatown Guided Tour

10. Bangkok: 4-Hour Chinatown Guided Tour

Enjoy a complete walking tour of the best sights, smells and tastes of Bangkok's Chinatown, a food haven and relatively undiscovered part of the city. Start your tour and head out on your journey of discovery of market stalls, street-side restaurants and gold shops. Visit Wat Mang Korn, the most important Chinese-Buddhist temple in Bangkok, and the old house at the Charoen Chai Community, where you will learn the story of the Thai-Chinese residents of the area. Continue to China Gate and Talad Noi, where you can admire panoramic views of the Chao Praya River. Next, make your way to admire the Talad Noi wall art. Get a snap next to the colorful murals and have a chat with the locals before heading to a viewpoint of the Chao Phraya River and Holy Rosary Church.

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What people are saying about Chao Phraya River

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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