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Bangkok: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with 24, 48 or 72-Hour Validity

1. Bangkok: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with 24, 48 or 72-Hour Validity

Discover Bangkok's gorgeous attractions at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus pass. Choose between passes valid for unlimited use for 24, 48, or 72 hours, and create your own flexible itinerary to see what you want to see. With the option of indoor or open-air seating on the double-decker bus, you can soak up views of the city how you please. As you go, listen to an informative audio guide available in 7 languages as you use the unlimited pass to ride the bus towards your next destination. The route is designed to both be awe-inspiring and time-effective. It combines prominent, must-see historical, religious, and cultural sights with modern lifestyle stops in Bangkok that you just can't miss. Buses depart every 60 minutes from the first bus stop from 9 AM until 3.00 PM, and the route from the first stop to the last stop takes around 3–3.5 hours. BUS STOPS • Siam Paragon • MBK Center • Samyan Mitrtown/Wat Hualumpong • Golden Buddha Temple/ Wat Trai Mit • China Town • Grand China Hotel/Dragon Temple Kammalawat • Loha Prasat/Pra Tu Phee • Khao San Road • Giant Swing • Wat Pho • Sanamluang/Royal Grand Palace • Wat Rakhangkhositaram • Wat Arun Rajvararam • ICONSIAM • Mahanakorn Skywalk • Patpong Night Market Customer Service Number/ whatsapp +66 64181 1234

Private Tour: Wat Pho, Wat Traimit and Wat Benchamabophit

2. Private Tour: Wat Pho, Wat Traimit and Wat Benchamabophit

After meeting your professional guide at your hotel in Bangkok city center, start your 4-hour morning or afternoon tour to explore some of the most remarkable temples in Bangkok.  Visit 3 beautiful temples, beginning with Wat Traimit. This temple has the largest Golden Buddha statue, and is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. Continue the tour to Wat Pho, the Temple of Reclining Buddha, one of the oldest and most-visited temples. Believed to be founded during the 16th century, it served as the Royal Temple of King Rama I of Charki Dynasty. Here, the 46-meter-long reclining Buddha lays inside the main ordination hall. Lastly, visit Wat Benchamabophit, the Marble Temple. This is regarded as one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand. Inside the main ordination hall, see the sacred Phra Buddha Chinnarat image, reproduced from the original image in Phitsanuloke. Finish the tour by being dropped off back at your hotel by your guide.

Bangkok’s Iconic Chinatown Experience: Sites & Street Bites

3. Bangkok’s Iconic Chinatown Experience: Sites & Street Bites

This walking tour will take you through Bangkok's historic Chinatown, a neighbourhood so rich in sights, sounds, and smells that it could only really be described as an assault on the senses (in a good way!). Taking a stroll through this neighbourhood is one of the best things to do in Bangkok, and with a local to guide you along, you'll never miss a beat. You'll begin this Bangkok Chinatown tour at Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station, it doesn't get any more old-school than this – the station is more than a hundred years old and one of Bangkok's architectural gems. There's plenty of action inside with locals coming and going, but catch it while you can. There are plans to close the station and replace it with a modern terminal in the next few years. Our first stop is Wat Traimit, the Golden Buddha Temple - an incredible sight to behold and one of the can't miss things to do in Bangkok. This stunning temple enshrines the world's largest solid gold seated Buddha from the Sukhothai Era, measuring nearly five metres high and weighing five and a half tonnes. Here your guide will let you in on the local secrets and history behind the Buddha, and the legendary tales that surround the original Buddha that sat there. This temple also houses the Yaowarat Chinese Heritage Centre where you'll learn all about the history of the Chinese people in Thailand and the fascinating relationship between these two countries. Next, you'll get into everything you've been waiting for – bring on the food! With your local guide, you'll head to a 100-year-old coffee shop on Phat Sai Road, where you'll be treated to a traditional Thai coffee, snack, and the opportunity to sit back and soak up the atmosphere. We'll then head to a market specialising in Chinese religious products and fresh food. At night, this particular area is filled with street stalls and becomes one giant and extremely tasty food bazaar. This will be your opportunity to go wild and try dishes you've never even heard of. But trust us, after this experience you'll never forget them! With a belly full of Bangkok treats, we'll head to our final stop, a hidden gem of a sky bar with 360-degree panoramic views to rival all others in the city. You'll have a chance to relax and refresh with a cold Thai local beer (soft drinks also available) while taking in the breathtaking scene. Your guide will point out Bangkok's significant sights, from the modern malls and skyscrapers, to the historic highlights such as The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and the Golden Mount. The tour will finish here where you're free to stay for more drinks and food or continue exploring. Your local guide will also be happy to assist you in finding your way back to your accommodation. This Bangkok Chinatown Sights and Bites tour is not only an opportunity to sample all the delicious delights that Chinatown has to offer, although we must admit that is a serious pro! It's all that food, plus history, culture, and local life. We couldn't pack any more into this tour if we tried!

Bangkok: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 30+ Attractions

4. Bangkok: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 30+ Attractions

Experience over 30 Bangkok attractions and save up to 50% compared to purchasing individual tickets. Your all-inclusive pass gives you 2, 3, 4, or 5 consecutive days (depending on the option selected) to sightsee and experience as much of this vibrant city as you want. Master recipes with a Thai cooking class at Go! Thai Cooking School, explore a private outdoor museum at Ancient City, and ride a Tuk Tuk Hop around town. Explore the city on two wheels with a Temple and Royal Palace e-scooter tour, relax with a 90-minute Thai massage, and more. Simply download your digital pass to your mobile device or print it at home before you go. Show it at each attraction or tour to gain access. It's that simple. You'll also receive a digital guide with attraction information and instructions. Attractions and tours included with your Bangkok All-Inclusive Pass: Museums and Historical Sites • Ayutthaya Day Tour (4 temples) • Bangkok Temples Guided Tour • Ancient City • Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Guided Tour • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour • The Erawan Museum • Patpong Museum • Art in Paradise Pattaya • Rural Canal and Wat Arun Guided Tour Tours and Cruises • 2-Hour Meridian Dinner Cruise (international buffet) • Chao Phraya River Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Boat • Temple and Royal Palace E-Scooter Tour • Bangkok Culture Cycling Guided Tour • Bangkok Landmark E-Scooter Tour • Koh Kred Island E-Scooter Tour • 3-Hour Electric Scooter Guided Tour • Tuk Tuk Hop Experiences and Leisure • Go! Thai Cooking School (cooking class with 5 dishes) • 90-Minute Authentic Thai Massage Treatment at Let’s Relax Spa • Safari World Bangkok • Siam Amazing Park • Go Bangkok Bicycle Rental • Chinatown Michelin Guide Street Food Tour • The Bangkok Pub Crawl Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go.

Bangkok: Private Half-Day Temple Tour

5. Bangkok: Private Half-Day Temple Tour

Visit Bangkok's most unique temples including Wat Trimitr, Wat Pho, and Benjamaborpitr on a private guided tour with multiple language options. See spectacular pagodas and golden Buddha statues while getting a deep understanding of Thai culture. After your hotel pickup, start your tour at the Wat Trimitr temple, home of the largest known solid gold Buddha image in the world. Learn about the fascinating history of the 700-year old statue that stands at 15 feet tall and weighs approximately 5.5 tons. Continue through Bangkok’s thriving Chinatown district to the grounds of the Wat Pho temple, a large and extensive monument neighboring the Grand Palace enclave. Here, discover the massive gold plated Reclining Buddha, measuring 46 meters long and 15 meters high, with beautifully inlaid mother-of-pearl soles.  Considered to be one of the worlds’ most famous temples, Wat Pho is also regarded as the first center of public education and is sometimes called ‘Thailand’s first university’. Well-known for its Thai massage services within the temple walls, many come here to relax and enjoy a peaceful day. Finally, stop at Wat Benjamaborpitr, also called the White Marble Temple and one of the finest examples of Thai architecture that is noted for its elegant white marble façade imported from Italy. Step inside the main chapel to see the country’s most captivating Buddha’s image.

Bangkok: Half-Day Temple and Grand Palace Private Tour

6. Bangkok: Half-Day Temple and Grand Palace Private Tour

Visit Bangkok's Wat Trimitr and Wat Pho temples as well as the Royal Grand Palace on a private guide tour with multiple language options and hotel pickup service. See spectacular pagodas and golden Buddha statues while getting a deep understanding of Thai culture. After your hotel pickup, start your tour at the Wat Trimitr temple, home of the largest known solid gold Buddha image in the world. Learn about the fascinating history of the 700-year old statue that stands at 15 feet tall and weighs approximately 5.5 tons. Continue through Bangkok’s thriving Chinatown district to the grounds of the Wat Pho temple, a large and extensive monument neighboring the Grand Palace enclave. Here, discover the massive gold plated Reclining Buddha, measuring 46 meters long and 15 meters high, with beautifully inlaid mother-of-pearl soles. Considered to be one of the worlds’ most famous temples, Wat Pho is also regarded as the first center of public education and is sometimes called ‘Thailand’s first university’. Well-known for its Thai massage services within the temple walls, many come here to relax and enjoy a peaceful day. Lastly, head to the Grand Palace, which is situated close to the Chao Phraya, Bangkok’s River of Kings. Explore the public areas of Bangkok’s most popular tourist attraction. Built in 1782 by King Rama, the palace is still often used for royal ceremonies today.

Bangkok: Chinatown and Wat Traimit Self-Guided Walking Tour

7. Bangkok: Chinatown and Wat Traimit Self-Guided Walking Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour will begin at Wat Traimit itself: the Temple of the Golden Buddha. In the courtyard, you’ll get a good look at the impressive structure while your audio companion explains the significance of the ancient temple. Then you’ll proceed inside, where you’ll get an up-close look at the famous statue from which this temple gets its name. The enormous 11,000 lb Golden Buddha is hard to miss! Here, you’ll hear the dramatic history behind this Buddha, including how it was almost lost to the sands of time! When ready, you’ll continue next to the impressive Chinatown Gate, which mimics the ancient, towering gates one might find in Chinese city centers. As you pass through it, the tour narrator will fill you in on why Bangkok’s Chinatown is so important… and so big. Make sure you bring an appetite for the next part of the tour! You’ll be strolling down Yaowarat Road, a premier destination for authentic and delicious street food. As you walk, you’ll hear recommendations for some of the best places to stop, including the first-ever Michelin-starred street food stall! As you continue toward Sampeng Lane, you’ll also learn why Buddhism is so important to Thailand and how it spread there in the first place. Finally, you’ll arrive at Sampeng Lane, a shopping destination like no other. If you’re looking for a souvenir to remind you of your trip, this sprawling market is the best place to be. Your tour concludes here.

Bangkok: The Chinatown Mystery Exploration Game

8. Bangkok: The Chinatown Mystery Exploration Game

Solve challenges and move the story forward while seeing the sights in Bangkok's Chinatown with this city exploration game for your phone. Get exact directions that will guide you to each location. Start the game at Hua Lamphong subway station and move through Chinatown as you unlock each new exciting piece of the story. Explore at your own pace, pause the game and resume anytime from the same place. Finish your adventure at the Wedding store. Download the app to your phone so you can play without mobile data. Go on an adventure by yourself, or with a group while learning about Bangkok's fascinating Chinatown neighborhood.

Bangkok: 3 Guided City Walking Tours

9. Bangkok: 3 Guided City Walking Tours

On our guided walking tours through Bangkok, you’ll explore the city through every era, being entranced by its vivid colours and powerful scents. Find out all about the city’s illustrious cultural, political, and religious landmarks, as well as its cool neighbourhoods and lesser-known gems. If you don't have time to join our tours on the same day, don't worry! Your ticket is valid for 3 days from first use. Enjoy our delightful walking tours around this dazzling city. Use the free Vox City app (included in your ticket) to discover more of Bangkok and its incredible history with curated self-guided tours through the main quarters! 'Historic Siam' includes: Wat Ratchapradit Pi Kun Bridge Mahakan fortress Rommaninat Park Tanao Road Wat ratchabophit Bangkok City Hall 'Bangkok Cultural Gems' includes: Wat Ratchaburana Drum Tower Wat Pho Phahurat market Sampheng area Museum of Siam Mon bridge 'Chinatown by Night' Tang Toh Kang Golden Shop Wat Mangkon Kamalawat Nana Plaza Jek Pui curry rice Charoen Krung Rd Our 7 self guided route's main sights: Wat Pathum Wanaram Erawan Shrine Talat Phlu Siam Square Wat Chana Songkhram Ratchaworamahawihan Phra Sumen Fort Chiao Eng Biao Shrine Siam Commercial bank Wat Hong Rattanaram Guan Yu shrine Wat Kanlayanamit Woramahawihan Wat Khun Chan ...and many more!

Bangkok: Wat Traimit, Wat Po and Wat Benchamabophit Tour

10. Bangkok: Wat Traimit, Wat Po and Wat Benchamabophit Tour

Bangkok’s Buddhist temples are world-famous and this tour takes you to three of the most unusual ones that this city has to offer. You will start at the ornate Wat Traimit, which is situated at the end of Chinatown’s buzzing Yaowarat Road. This temple is home to a unique Golden Buddha that weighs 5.5 tons. Next is the largest temple complex in Bangkok, Wat Po, which has an impressive reclining Buddha that is 46 meters in length. Wat Po is also home to the Pagodas of the Kings. The last stop on this temple tour takes you to the district of Dusit to Wat Benchamabophit. Also known as the White Marble Temple, this is a fine example of Thai architecture and offers great photo opportunities.

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What people are saying about Golden Buddha, Bangkok

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 94 reviews

We met at the main train station. Honestly the worst part of the whole experience was FINDING our guide, mostly because our Grab taxi could not find the location according to the info that we were given. Thank heaven for some friendly Thai citizens that helped us on our way. The guide, Amin, was super kind and friendly and did a fabulous job winding us through the crowded streets of Chinatown. I loved visiting the Temple and history musuem. It was fascinating to better understand how the Chinese people came to Thailand and influenced it's culture. Amin did a great job of taking us to numerous vendors and trying street food--mango sticky rice was my favorite, but the pad thai was also really good! We ended the evening at a rooftop bar of a local hotel in Chinatown, sipping cool drinks and watching the sun set over Bangkok. It was a fabulous tour!

We went to Bangkok for a one day trip and we’re happy we had Kiwi as a guide. Kiwi was enthusiastic and fun, just what we needed for a one day trip. She made Thailand feel more personal as she shared with us everything about the temples. She knew a lot about Thailand and spoke good English. Our trip would not have been as meaningful without our guide Kiwi. Regardless of the busy Bangkok streets out driver Tom always was ready and available to pick us up and bring us to the next location. It was a good experience.

Top ! The guide is very good, everything was very well explained in French: a visit to do to better understand Thai culture.

Our tour guide Mina is very nice and we learned a lot about different kinds of buddha origin. Glad we took the tour.

Grace was so knowledgeable and wash to chat . Great tour .