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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.

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

2. 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 can and have the option to expand your experience with options that include visits to the Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn). 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. On the way, pass Tha Thien Market, a culture food market that sells dried, salted seafood and wholesale products. You will have a chance to commute to Wat Pho by private car, a local Tuk Tuk or you can walk there. 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 the first-class royal temples and 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. 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. The temple is one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks which is known for its giant tower, 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 to enjoy the rest of your time in the City of Angels!

Bangkok: Wat Pho and Wat Arun Guided Walking Tour

3. Bangkok: Wat Pho and Wat Arun Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a short walking tour around Bangkok with an experienced guide. Visit some of the city’s most famous landmarks in just three hours and choose from multiple start times to ensure flexibility within your schedule. Follow your guide as you venture to the world-famous Wat Pho. Witness the remarkable 46-meter long reclining Buddha statue and colorful mosaic shrines. Be in awe of one of the most stunningly aesthetic temples in Bangkok. See the famed Buddha statue and walk around the impressive temple grounds. Continue your journey to War Arun, a 300-year old temple known for its enormous white Chedi inlaid with thousands of colorful mosaic pieces. Located at the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this temple is a magnificent landmark seen around the city.

Bangkok: Self-Guided Audio Tour

4. Bangkok: Self-Guided Audio Tour

See the best of Bangkok as you take advantage of the navigation functionality and suggested walking routes offered by this self-guided audio tour. There's so much to explore in Thailand's capital. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city as you check out iconic landmarks including the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Lumphini Park, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Make sure you tune in to the audio commentary to hear all about the tourist hotspots. Go at your own pace and take a break whenever you fancy. When you’re ready, plan your next walking route, pinpoint your favorite sights, and seek out the best photo opportunities as you continue to explore the city.

Bangkok: Historical Temples Tour & Rooftop Bar at Sunset

5. Bangkok: Historical Temples Tour & Rooftop Bar at Sunset

The best time to see old Bangkok is in the evening, when the city cools down and there are fewer crowds of tourists wandering around. Your first stop is the Pak Klong Talad Flower Market, the biggest wholesale and retail-fresh flower market in Bangkok. Then, continue to Wat Kalaya which was constructed in1825 by a wealthy Thai-Chinese family. At this place, discover the beautiful seated Buddha enshrined inside the main chapel, which shows the mixed cultures of Thai and foreign influences in architecture and art. Continue your way to Wat Arun, known as the temple of dawn. Walk up to the top to savor the view of the mighty Chao Phraya river and learn the history of these top sightseeing spots of Bangkok. Last but not least, stop at the bar to enjoy a view of Bangkok and Wat Arun from the other side of the river bank against the sunset.

Bangkok: Wat Arun Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Bangkok: Wat Arun Self-Guided Audio Tour

Take a narrated, self-guided audio tour of the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). Discover one of the most stunning religious structures along the Chao Phraya River. Enjoy a tour that has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Use your self-guided audio tour to explore the Wat Arun complex at your own pace. Begin at the entrance and follow the route provided on the app. Explore the main cloister which contains more than 100 Buddha images and Buddha's footprint. Explore the beautiful Ordination Hall and enjoy the views from the central spire, decorated with seashells and porcelain. Hear interesting facts and trivia about the site as you explore.

Bangkok: Night Bike Ride and Dinner at a Local Restaurant

7. Bangkok: Night Bike Ride and Dinner at a Local Restaurant

Discover Bangkok at night on a guided small group cycling tour for a maximum of 6 people. Explore alleyways like a local with an experienced guide, see famous landmarks lit up at night, and savor an authentic Thai meal for dinner. Begin your experience at the meeting point on the Thonburi side of Bangkok at 6 PM. Receive your bike, helmet, and light for your safety, as well as fluorescent clothing, if you wish. Take a short ride through winding alleys to a local Thai family's restaurant and enjoy a tasty meal there. After dinner, cycle through a few lesser-known areas to see Bangkok like a local. Stop at Wat Arun and take photos of it shimmering in the night lights, then cross the Chao Phraya River on a local ferry. Once on the other side of the river, ride to Wat Pho, the largest temple in Bangkok famous for its huge reclining Buddha statue. Next, cycle around the Royal Grand Palace and on to the 24-hour flower market, Pak Khlong Talat. Delight in the colorful, fragrant, and exotic fresh flowers in the market, and see everything from common roses to bright orchids, lilies, and more. Then, head toward Chinatown and cycle among the bright neon lights and market alleys. Savor the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown and its street food vendors. Finally, cross the river again on a ferry and ride like a local through some of the winding back streets. The tour concludes at your original departure point.

Bangkok: Wat Arun and Wat Pho Historical Evening Tour

8. Bangkok: Wat Arun and Wat Pho Historical Evening Tour

With an action-packed itinerary in store, the tour will start with swinging by a few of Bangkok’s most-loved attractions. These include the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha because of the enormous statue inside. Stroll around the old city of Bangkok. The only place to rival it is your first stop, Wat Pho. This ancient temple is home to over 1,000 Buddha statues, one of which measures more than 150 feet in length. Next, see the sights along the Chao Phraya River on a traditional riverboat. Your guide will then lead you to an authentic Thai market where you can tuck in for a tasty local dinner. After eating, explore bejeweled Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). Stroll the banks of the river and check out Kuan An Keng Shrine, the Portuguese Santa Cruz Church, and Wat Prayurawongsawas, three monuments of religious importance to the locals. For the final treat of the tour, cross the river by bridge to reach Pak Klong Talad, the city’s largest flower market, overflowing with garlands, bouquets, pot plants, and fresh fruit. The tour will end after taking a tuk-tuk ride to Chinatown. The largest Chinese community outside of China is responsible for some seriously tasty fusion dishes; you can sample some fare after this evening tour.

Damnoen Saduak, Reclining Buddha, and Wat Arun Private Tour

9. 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: Thai Baht Coin Monuments Tour

10. Bangkok: Thai Baht Coin Monuments Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Bangkok. Travel to Bangkok’s Flower Market to start the day, followed by a visit to Wat Phra Kaew as seen on the 1 Thai Baht coin. Also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this sacred site is known for the huge Buddha statue made from jade, as well as panoramic views of the Bangkok skyline. Explore the nearby Royal Grand Palace, which was home to the royal family until the early 1900s. Next, board a riverboat to the next stop, Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn. Nestled beside the river, this temple is featured on the 10 Thai Baht coin. Discover a monument decorated with colorful mosaic designs that make it a popular photo-op. Snap a shot or two before heading to lunch at a local restaurant for lunch, at your own expense. After lunch, travel to Wat Saket, also known as the Temple of the Golden Mount due to its large gleaming chedi which can be seen from miles away. This temple is illustrated on the 2 Thai Baht coin and offers spectacular views of the city. Finally, make your way to the final stop on the tour, Wat Benchamabophit. This temple is featured on the 5 Thai Baht coin. Also known as the Marble Temple, spend an hour admiring its white walls and numerous Buddha statues. Enjoy a stroll through the tranquil grounds before being returned to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Wat Arun

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 547 reviews

Mina was an excellent guide. We covered major sight seeing places in Bangkok. And she made it fun with her humour. There was ample time at each of the attractions to hear the stories and take pictures.

The tour is so much fun with Amina! She gives you all the insights, history and makes the walking tour so enjoyable. We highly recommend this tour don’t miss out when you’re in Bangkok.

Mina the tour guide was lovely showed us around, she’s full of humour. 100% recommend her as a guide

Sam was a great tour guide, very nice and knowledgable about the temples. I’d highly recommend him.

Great tour! Noon was super friendly and helpful :)