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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.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip

2. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip

Visit sites that date back to 1350 at the Ayutthaya Historical Park. Learn about Buddhist history, architecture, and religion as you explore countless temples with your experienced tour guide. In the 18th century, much of Ayutthaya was destroyed by Burmese invaders; witness the structures in their various states of disrepair. Tree roots growing around scattered Buddha heads only adds to the historical charm of this unique destination. After departing from Bangkok bright and early, see Bang Pa-In Royal Palace en route to Ayutthaya. Used as a summer residence for ancient Thai kings, the golden pagodas and serene pools make for a great introduction to the region’s glorious past. After arriving in Ayutthaya, take several hours to explore fascinating ancient religious sites including Wat Mahathat, where a decapitated Buddha head sits nestled between ancient tree roots. Continue to Wat Mongkol Borpit, known for its enormous seated Buddha statue. Discover Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the most holy and important complex of the ancient Thai capital. Finally, explore Wat Chaiwatthanaram, known for its towering stone chedis. This site is one of the main reasons Ayutthaya was awarded UNESCO status in 1991.

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

3. 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.

Wat Pho, Wat Arun and Wat Hong Rattanaram Private Tour

4. 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.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Private Full-Day UNESCO Trip

5. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Private Full-Day UNESCO Trip

Choose to meet your guide at the meeting point or take advantage of hotel transfer services from your accommodation in Bangkok. Drive towards the Ancient city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. Make your first stop at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet which was for a long time considered to be the spiritual center of Thailand. Situated within the royal palace grounds, the temple is the royal monastery and is a model of the royal temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. Then, head to Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya which is one of the oldest and most significant temples in the history of Ayutthaya as it housed the Buddha's holy relic. The temple is most famous for the Buddha head situated in a Bodhi tree root. Next, stop at Wat Ratchaburana which houses a large number of Buddha images and gold artifacts. Enjoy lunch that will be served at Krungsri River Hotel. In the afternoon, continue on to the Chao Samphraya National Museum. Admire the most important objects here including the Buddha relics found inside the crypt of Wat Mahathat and other golden treasures like the golden sword, the golden headgear (hat), the miniature royal regalia, golden sculptures, and more. Then, visit Wat Lokaya Sutharam to see the 42-meter-long reclining white Buddha. Last but not least, finish the trip at Wat Chaiwattanaram which rests on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. Learn about how the temple was ordered to built in 1630 by King Prasat Thong to honor his mother featuring the architectural style influenced by the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia. Arrive back in Bangkok at around 5 PM.

Damnoen Saduak, Reclining Buddha, and Wat Arun Private Tour

6. Damnoen Saduak, Reclining Buddha, and Wat Arun Private Tour

Spend a full day visiting popular markets and famous temples in Bangkok on a private tour, complete with private, air-conditioned car and personal guide. Start with a visit to the Maeklong railway market and explore the stalls that are actually set up on the tracks. Make a quick stop at a coconut farm to learn about the production of coconut sugar, then continue to the vibrant and colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Enjoy a boat ride on a small long boat through the market as you see local vendors paddle their boats to sell things along the canals. Return to Bangkok for lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is home to a 46-meter-long and 15-meter-high Buddha statue and the first open university of Thailand. The final stop on the tour is Wat Arun, better known as the Temple of Dawn which had existed since the 17th century. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Bangkok.

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.

Colors of Ayutthaya: UNESCO Heritage 6 hour Bicycle Tour

8. Colors of Ayutthaya: UNESCO Heritage 6 hour Bicycle Tour

Meet your guide at the meeting point, a short walk from Ayutthaya train station. Then enjoy a bike fitting before the start of your tour. Tours run daily from 10:00 and follow the road in a northern direction. Ride through idyllic villages and alongside rice paddies. Visit a local elementary school (if open) to interact with the children. Continue the ride and pass Phaniat Royal Elephant Kraal. During Ayutthaya’s heyday this structure was used to entrap wild elephants herded down from the north. The elephant round-ups in the Elephant Kraal were traditionally presided over by Ayutthaya kings who would choose the best and strongest elephants that would be trained for war and labor. The closer you get to the old capital the more temple ruins you will see. At around 12:30, stop for a Thai lunch at a riverside restaurant. Then enter the old capital to visit Wat Mahathat and Wat Pra Sri Sanphet. Learn the history of Ayutthaya and its temples and kings. Next take a short ride to a local market to see typical local baked and fried delicacies. Continue to the huge reclining Buddha statue at Luang Phor Lokayasuttha. Marvel at the largest Buddha statue in Ayutthaya. Then pedal on to the beautiful temple of Wat Chai Wattanaram on the west banks of the Chao Phraya River. This remarkable temple was constructed in 1630 by King Prasat Thong as a memorial of his mother's residence in the area. Continue along the west bank of the Chao Phraya River until your reach the pier. Cross the river to return to the city and reach the end of the tour.

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

9. 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: Private Tour to Thaka Floating Market

10. Bangkok: Private Tour to Thaka Floating Market

Start your trip from your accommodation in Bangkok and depart to Samut Songkhram on a day trip. Thaka Floating Market will give you a truly authentic experience! Here, the locals' way of life is still very much preserved. Glide through the water on a wooden rowboat while seeing vendors' paddle boats piled with fragrant lotus blossoms, coconuts and handicrafts, selling their wares in a palm-lined canal. Absorb the local scene and learn about the tradition of water commuting. Afterwards, visit an authentic Thai house and see how the locals make brown coconut sugar. Then, take a visit to Wat Bang Kung, once a navy campsite during the reign of King Taksin the Great. Following the second defeat of the Ayutthaya kingdom in 1767, the king relocated his navy to this campsite. The temple is honored as one of the unseen temples of Thailand. After an enjoyable day, transfer back to your hotel in Bangkok.

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based on 623 reviews

We really enjoyed this day trip from Bangkok and would highly recommend it. It’s a nice break from the bustling city of Bangkok, and tour the ancient city with all the historical sites. We had an excellent tour guide, Nina. She was warm, friendly, and easy going - she provided excellent context and Thai history before our visit, provided thoughtful suggestions on how to best structure the day. We spent the right amount of time at each site, and Nina pointed out all the beautiful picture spots (and patiently took a ton of pictures for us). We are a family of four, so we paid a little extra to do this as a private tour, which I would highly recommend!

The tour was excellent! What really made it great was our tour guide Jin! She was really nice and polite, spoke perfect English and told us so much about Thailand, the culture, the history of the sites and even shared bits about her family to help us imagine life in Thailand. Highly recommend!

Very interesting visit to the old Capitol of Thailand. The guide tour Jin has been able to explain not only the spots visited, but she also gave us a better undestanding of the Thai society and culture. Very very reccomended!

Very friendly guide, exceptionally knowleable and passionate about everything we asked for. Perfect private tour, we have enjoyed this tour very much.

The places are awesome and the tour guide give us rich information about historic places