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Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

1. Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Bangkok's major area by 8AM, then begin the journey by 9AM from River City Bangkok by local transport to the Emerald Buddha Temple. 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 culture 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 the 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 until today. Complete the list of must-visit temples in Bangkok by continue your journey to Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks which is known for its giant tower, next to the Chao Phraya River, standing 70 meters high. The temple is decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass surrounded by Chinese porcelain.

Wat Pho, Wat Arun and Wat Hong Rattanaram Private Tour

2. Wat Pho, Wat Arun and Wat Hong Rattanaram Private Tour

Start your 4-hour temples tour with a visit to the Buddhist temple of Wat Pho near the Grand Palace. Marvel at the golden statue of the Reclining Buddha and other typical motifs of the complex. Cross the Chao Phraya River to the temple of Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and learn more about the Kingdom of Ayutthaya of the 14th to 18th centuries. Admire the stupa-like pagoda encrusted with colorful glazed porcelain tiles and seashells, and discover many statues of Buddha.  Continue to nearby Wat Hong Rattanaram, designed in a unique combination of Chinese and Western art styles. Take a look at the Buddha image from the Sukhothai Kingdom that ruled Thailand from 1238 until 1438.

Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Wat Arun: Flexi Private Temple Tour

3. Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Wat Arun: Flexi Private Temple Tour

 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. On the way, pass Tha Thien Market, a culture food market that sells dried, salted seafood and wholesale products. You will have a chance to commute to Wat Pho by private car, a local Tuk Tuk or you can walk there. 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 the first-class royal temples and 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. 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. The temple is one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks which is known for its giant tower, 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 to enjoy the rest of your time in the City of Angels!

Private Guided Day Tour: Bangkok with Public Transport

4. Private Guided Day Tour: Bangkok with Public Transport

Book yourself or your group on this personalized 8-hour tour around Bangkok, or venture out to nearby provinces to get a unique insight in to Thai culture with a local. The private tour can be tailored to your interests, whether you want to visit the historic sights or neighborhood lifestyles. Visit the ornate murals of the Grand Palace or take in the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace at Ayutthaya. The Summer Palace is set on lovely grounds on the banks of the Chao Praya River and is one of the best-maintained attractions in Thailand. One of the most popular attractions close to Bangkok, you will feel like a king as you wander through the vast complex. While in Ayutthaya, take in the Historical Park. The Siamese moved their capital to Ayutthaya around 1350 AD and created a royal palace and many impressive monasteries and Wats in the area. In the mid 1800's the Burmese sacked it and the city was abandoned. Now a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site, you can explore the historic temples scattered around the encircling river. If you prefer, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and see Thais going about their everyday life in a truly unique setting. Stay in downtown Bangkok to visit sites such as the Khao San Road, Chatuchak Market and reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Transportation is via the Bangkok skytrain, or by taxi where needed. If you want to venture further afield, you will be taken by comfortable minivan and have the services of a professional driver. Everything can be arranged through your friendly guide, who will take you to the areas most of interest to you and share their expert local knowledge in a fun and fascinating way to make the city your Bangkok.

Bangkok: Instagram Spots & Half-Day Temples Tour

5. Bangkok: Instagram Spots & Half-Day Temples Tour

Enjoy the perfect solution to explore the Thai capital for those with limited time. During this half-day tour from 8:30 AM-1:30 PM, stop at the following decadent temple sites and learn the fascinating stories behind them while taking photos at these must-visit spots. Start off with Wat Pho, otherwise known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, which is one of the largest and most impressive temple sights in Bangkok. Marvel at the 150-foot Buddha statue made entirely of gold leaf before exploring the attractive grounds. An endless sea of mosaic stupas make Wat Pho quite unlike other temples in the capital. Continue with Wat Arun, the number one landmark in Thailand. This religious complex, also called the Temple of Dawn, is known for its dreamy white spires that can be seen for miles around. The best way to reach it is by hopping on a riverboat from Wat Pho, giving you the chance to soak up the scenery as you travel between the two. Finally, visit Wat Saket or the Golden Mountain, one of the most important religious pilgrimage sights in Thailand. This hillside temple features a gleaming gold chedi that is thought to contain a relic from the Buddha himself. It can be traced back to the Ayutthaya period, meaning it could be up to 800 years old.

Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun: Guided Tour in Spanish

6. Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun: Guided Tour in Spanish

Set off on one of the most popular and spectacular Spanish-guided tours in Bangkok, thoughtfully designed to allow guests to see all the most important and well-known attractions in one day. Travel on foot and with all kinds of transport such as tuk tuk, boat, air train, and subway, avoiding the infamous traffic problems of Bangkok. Learn about the history of Thailand, its monarchy, and the most important temples of the great capital, Bangkok. Immerse yourself in this great city, full of secrets and contrasts. The first stop is at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), which is famous for being the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok and boasts impressive enclosures and an area of almost 20 acres. The Grand Palace, one of the homes of the King of Thailand, is a must-visit site and is known worldwide. Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keo) is the most important Buddha in Thailand. Visit the temple where religious ceremonies continue to be held today. Afterwards, cross the river on a fun, sightseeing tour by boat. Take in beautiful, panoramic views of the city before arriving to the next stop of the tour, Wat Arun, better known as the temple of dawn. Marvel at its silhouette made of Chinese porcelain and climb to the top of its pagoda to hear about its history. Choose the tour option that best suits your needs and benefit from the service of a Spanish-speaking guide.

Bangkok's Temple & River of Kings Experience with a local

7. Bangkok's Temple & River of Kings Experience with a local

Discover Bangkok’s glittering heart on this grand journey along its web of canals. Glide down the Chao Phraya River on a longtail boat past a vibrant array of daily life. Admire the reclining Buddha on a tour through Wat Pho and marvel at the magnificence of the Grand Palace. From the fluid veins of the city, to the spiritual heart of the nation, embark on this voyage of discovery. Begin your Bangkok tour by riding a local public bus to The Grand Palace Complex. 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 1900s. Despite no longer being the official residence of the king, the Grand Palace is still very much the spiritual centre of the nation and used for various ceremonies during the year. Included in the trip will be a visit to Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the revered Emerald Buddha. Your local guide will take you through the grounds of the palace providing a fascinating insight into this majestic place. After that, walk to the nearby magnificent temple Wat Pho which derives its name from the original Wat Potaram (in 1801 the temple was renamed Wat Phra Chetuphon). The temple is the center of the Buddhist religion in Thailand, the country’s first university, and is still a center of learning for traditional Thai massage and medicines. Founded in the 17th century, Wat Pho is the oldest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Your guide will take you on a tour through the temple complex. Continue the tour by walking down to the Chao Praya River (meaning River of Kings), where you board a long tail boat for a journey along the river and into the khlongs (canals) of Bangkok. In centuries past, Bangkok was often referred to as the "Venice of the East" with a vast network of khlongs through the city which were utilised as a transport network. With the passage of time many of these khlongs have been filled in and converted to roads for more modern forms of transport. In the Thonburi area of Bangkok many of the khlongs survive, and this boat trip will provide you with an insight into the lives of people who live along the khlongs, which seems a world away from the chaotic streets of Bangkok. At the end of your walking tour in Bangkok you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Wat Pho

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 540 reviews

Amazing tour guide, he was so knowledgeable and at the end of the tour he spoke to the cab drivers for everyone so we got back safe

Just amazing to have a tour guide which can answer you all questions. The temple is out of this world ( soooo amazing). Thanks

Our guide Jenny was very nice and courteous, explained and told a lot. The temple was very beautiful, definitely worth seeing.

Very knowledgeable guide and always ready to answer any questions we had.

Was a great guided tour, you had enough time to take pictures. Any time!