Tour Level: Moderate
Tour Comfort: Superior
Tour Period: Afternoon / Morning
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.