Forget your guidebook — the real stuff comes from the mouths of the locals! Explore some famous landmarks as well as hidden gems on this Bangkok day tour that takes you through the city by boat and on foot.
You’ll begin this Bangkok tour by walking to the pier, where you’ll board a longtail boat down the Chao Phraya River, also known as the River of Kings. The name of the river perfectly reflects this part of the tour; you’ll feel like royalty on your relaxing journey! This river is also the reason why Bangkok is known as the ‘Venice of the East,’ and you’ll explore this nickname further as you glide through the network of khlongs, or canals. Many of the khlongs have been filled in over the years and converted into roads. These roads have turned into little Thai communities, and as you swoop through the waters you’ll discover insights into these neighbourhoods. This area of Bangkok feels like a world away from the busy streets and chaos, and a welcome break from the bustling city centre!
You’ll continue by heading over to the Grand Palace. Strolling through the palace grounds feels like walking through an Asian version of Alice in Wonderland — the buildings are so beautiful they almost don’t feel real. But bet your bottom dollar, they’re real alright! Your local guide will tell you all about the history behind the palace and the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew. This place is considered to be the spiritual centre of the nation, making it a visit that you cannot afford to miss.
From one beautiful temple to another, you’ll move on to Wat Po, another temple that is integral to the Buddhist religion in Thailand. It’s home to the famous golden reclining Buddha and is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. This is one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok, and with our local guide to take your through the temples, you’ll hear all the secret stories and local knowledge about the place.
Your tour will finish up as you glide back into pier, from where you can continue to explore, or your local guide will be happy to give you directions back to your accommodation. This tour shows you a truly unique side of the city that you won’t find on any of the other day tours in Bangkok, and it gives you the opportunity to visit both famous sights and hidden spots, exploring them through the eyes of a local.
Note that the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple will be closed from October 1 to October 30, to prepare for the royal funeral of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. During this time, we will replace these stops with a visit to Wat Arun and lunch (included in tour price).
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, entrance fees as indicated, transport as indicated.
Exclusions: Drop off transfer, items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for drivers or guide.
Dress standard: Dress requirements to enter the Grand Palace are very strict following the recent passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Please ensure you wear dark-coloured pants or skirts that are ankle-length, and a dark-coloured t-shirt, shirt, or blouse, and closed-toe shoes (no thongs or flip-flops). 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 on your arm, which we can supply to you free-of-charge. Please note the authorities will likely deny the entire group entry if anyone is not dressed appropriately.
Your Trip: This day tour in Bangkok is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
Confirmation of booking: 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.
Additional Information: 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.
Closure of sites: The route of the klong (canal) tour may change depending on the water levels in individual klongs.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.