Bangkok Thonburi Klongs & Grand Palace

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: Afternoon / Morning

tour highlights

  • Cruise along the Chao Praya River in the heart of the city
  • Visit the beautiful Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
  • Tour the dazzlingly ornate Grand Palace
  • Admire the revered Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • See where kings of Thailand are officially crowned

tour details

A tour of Bangkok by boat really gets to the heart of this city of contrasts. On your cruise along the River of Kings (the Chao Praya) and the canals of Thonburi, you will glimpse the simple lifestyle of river dwellers. On our way to the Grand Palace, we’ll stop to admire the arrestingly lovely Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). You’ll be dazzled by the glittering Grand Palace, formerly the seat of government and the home of the king. Within its grounds, we’ll see the most sacred temple in Thailand, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Although it is only 17 inches tall, and made of jade, not emerald, the Buddha statue is highly revered. We’ll also look at the vibrantly decorated halls and palaces within the complex, many of which are still used today for state ceremonies such as coronations.

tour description

Among the best ways to explore Bangkok is by boat. A cruise along the Chao Phraya River - the city's lifeblood - and the canals of Thonburi reveal scenes at odds with the bustling, modern inner city. Visitors get a glimpse of the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers. This picturesque view is what earned Bangkok the title of "Venice of the East." En route, stop at Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), one of the most attractive temples in Thailand. The boat trip ends at Chang pier, from where you walk to the Grand Palace (290 meters / yards). The Grand Palace was the seat not only of the king and his court, but contained within its crenellated walls the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai though there are some European designs as well. Brilliantly colored and gilded, and decorated with intricate detail, the overall effect is dazzling. The palace served as the official residence of the kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. Construction of the temple began when King Rama I moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1785. Unlike other Thai temples, it does not contain living quarters for monks; rather, it has only the richly decorated holy buildings, statues, and pagodas. The main temple building is the central ubosoth, which houses the Emerald Buddha. Though green in color, the Buddha is actually carved from a single piece of jade, and though only 17 inches tall, is the most revered object in Thailand. Also within the grounds are several palaces, used for various occasions: the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Throne Hall, Coronation Hall, and the Royal Guest House. The majority of halls and palaces can be viewed from outside only, but the exteriors are captivating enough to please. Note: The entire Grand Palace is closed during special royal ceremonies and during visiting heads of state, while other buildings (such as the Throne Hall and Coronation Hall) are always closed on SAT/SUN and public holidays, during special ceremonies and on Buddhist Holidays. A calendar for visiting the Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha can be viewed on the web-site of the Bureau of the Royal Household at:


Transfer included: Yes


    Meals included: None
      Tour code: BKKDBTKG

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