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Bangkok: Customized Private Long-Tail Boat Hire with a Guide

1. Bangkok: Customized Private Long-Tail Boat Hire with a Guide

Meet your guide at Tha Maharaj, also known as Maharaj Pier, and depart on a long-tail speedboat journey on the “River of Kings,” the Chao Phraya River. Benefit from a private guide and included travel insurance to ensure your safety is the top priority. Choose between 1, 1.5 or 2-hour tour options, and customize the itinerary based on your interests, as long as it is realistic time-wise and can be adjusted if necessary after meeting your guide. Once the tour is finished, you will be transferred back to the Tha Maharaj Pier. The places you can visit include: • Wat Arun or “Temple of Dawn,” one of Bangkok's most famous temples on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River • Wat Kalayanamit, a prominent local Thai Buddhist temple located next to the river in an area considered one of the most important in Bangkok's history • The Artist's House (Baan Silapin), a 2-floor, L-shaped wooden building famed for its puppet theater • Taling Chan Floating Market (only open on weekends from around 8:30 AM–4 PM) • Wat Hong Rattanaram Temple, a Thai Buddhist temple classified as the second rank of the royal temple • Wat Suwannaram Temple, which was used as the execution ground for Burmese prisoners of war; you can also feed the fish for merit-making here • National Museum of Royal Barges, a former dry dock for barges and warships under the care of the Royal Household and the Royal Thai Navy that now houses barges from the Royal Barge Procession

Bangkok: Canal Boat Tour with Riverside Highlights

2. Bangkok: Canal Boat Tour with Riverside Highlights

Spend the day exploring many of Bangkok's highlights on a guided tour. Navigate its canals on a boat ride, visit the National Museum of Royal Barges, discover The Artists' House, and wander through Chinatown. Start your tour by heading to the Pak Klong Talad flower market. Wander around the colorful market before boarding a long tail boat and traversing through the city’s canals. Explore the National Museum of Royal Barges. Converted from an old shipyard, today it exhibits intricately ornamented royal barges used in ceremonial processions by both royalty and locals. Visit The Artist’s House, a centuries-old house-turned-art gallery that features local art, photography exhibits, and a puppet show. Next, head to Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen, a temple with a beautiful green stupa and the city’s tallest Buddha statue. Finally, check out Chinatown, famous for its bustling atmosphere, foodie spots, and shopping. Get some shopping done, grab a bite to eat, or simply explore the area before your guide drops you off at the Wat Mangkon MRT Station.

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What people are saying about National Museum of Royal Barges

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Totally awesome tour more than expected our tour guide Golf was well educated informed and great sense of humour. Thoroughly enjoyed only improvement would be add lunch in Chinatown at end of trip Thanks Mike Canada

It was a good opportunity to feel how closely life on the water, water transportation, and Thai people's lives with the river are. The service was efficient and very speedy.

Good explanations about the temples during the long boat tour. Was very helpful in getting the ticket at Wat Arun.

Great experience with a charming guide, highly recommended

Very nice trip. Very good, competent, friendly tour guide.