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Bangkok: 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise

1. Bangkok: 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise

Explore the lights of Bangkok from the Choa Phraya river on a night river cruise. Savor authentic Thai and delicious international cuisine with a buffet dinner. Sip on a welcome drink, tea, and coffee as you pass the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Listen to live music and watch an thrilling cabaret show.  Start your Bangkok river cruise by checking in at the meeting point at the River City Complex. Board the White Orchid Cruise Ship and have a welcome drink while you enjoy a classical Thai dance as the cruise starts along the Chao Phraya River. Along the journey, have a chance to observe Bangkok's remarkable sights light up in the dark, including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha), Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), and many more. Enjoy a buffet dinner with a great variety of delightful dishes ranging from traditional Thai to Western cuisines, followed by desserts. While enjoying your food, be entertained with a live music performance and a Cabaret show on board. After dinner, you can take the opportunity to observe the sights flowing by on the river banks by relaxing on the open-air deck to marvel at a 360-degree view of Bangkok from the Choa Phraya river by night. Arrive back at the River City pier to enjoy the rest of your evening in Bangkok.

Bangkok: Wat Pho and Wat Arun Guided Walking Tour

2. 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: 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 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 Canal Tour with Longtail Boat

4. Bangkok Canal Tour with Longtail Boat

Enjoy a 1-hour long tail boat journey in Bangkok. Meet your guide at River City Shopping mall and visit the old city of Thonburi, an independent province until it was merged with Bangkok in 1971. Many of the traditional small waterways and klongs still exist there. Experience the local way of living, rarely seen from the other side of town. Historically, the Thai capital Bangkok was crisscrossed by klongs (canals), and gained the nickname "Venice of the East". Klongs were used for transportation and for floating markets, but also for sewage disposal. Today, most of the khlongs of Bangkok have been filled in, although the Thonburi side of Bangkok (covering areas west of Chao Phraya River) still retains several of its larger khlongs.

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

5. 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

Best Of Bangkok: Temples & Long-tail Boat Tour with Lunch

6. Best Of Bangkok: Temples & Long-tail Boat Tour with Lunch

Start your tour with a visit to the Emerald Buddha Temple. Pass by the amulet market, one of the most famous historical community markets of Rattanakosin Island. Discover the first stop of Wat Phra Kaew, regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Explore the Grand Palace, the official residence of the Kings of Thailand, now used for official events. Pass Tha Thien Market, a cultural food market. Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, considered the earliest center for medical public education, recognized by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme. Learn about the history of the temple from your guide.  Rest and try Bangkok's local street food in Tha Tien. Sample Thai street food for a taste of Thai cooking traditions. Continue your journey to Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks known for its giant tower, standing 70 meters high.  Take a speedboat to Thonburi, the former capital of Thailand, less developed than the other side of the river. Many of the traditional small waterways, khlongs, still exist there.

Bangkok Evening Discovery: Temples and Hidden Canals Tour

7. Bangkok Evening Discovery: Temples and Hidden Canals Tour

Start your beautiful journey with a long-tail boat ride, also called a "James Bond boat" and discover the way of life in Bangkok.  Cruise past small canal , house, schoold, Royal Heritage and temple. Continue with a visit to Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, featuring a stunning tower with an intricate design overlooking the Chaopraya river. The next stop is the most well-known flower market in Thailand, where you can marvel at all the pretty colors. Discover how the flowers are arranged in a typical Thai style and stroll around the market to shop, enjoy a snack, or end your day dining in a fine restaurant along the market.  The tour will finish around 7:00 PM by estimate and you can enjoy the old city at your own leisure.

Bangkok: Private 8-Hour Grand Palace and Temples Tour

8. Bangkok: Private 8-Hour Grand Palace and Temples Tour

Following hotel pick-up, journey to Rattanakosin Island by the best mode of transportation selected for your group. Learn more about Bangkok and its people on the way. Then, explore the Grand Palace complex on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and learn how the former Kings of Siam constructed their buildings. Hear more about the current monarchy of Thailand, and continue to the royal temples of Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Board a boat after lunch to explore the city's network of canals. Cruise past houses, museums, and temples.

Longtail Boat Adventure to the Local Weekend Floating Market

9. Longtail Boat Adventure to the Local Weekend Floating Market

Looking for an authentic Thai adventure? Join us as we visit the Weekend Floating Market in one of our authentic teak boats. Experience firsthand the traditional Thai way of life as the locals did 100 years ago when Bangkok was just a small town at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. We provide you with a chance to see many local spots that most tourists never glimpse, no matter how often they visit the area. A fresh and different cultural experience, this is sure to be an unforgettable tour of Bangkok. You can see the Weekend Floating Market, the exotic Orchid Nursery, the Hidden Forest Temple, and many others. You might also witness local children enjoying the water, or the ice cream boat going by.

Bangkok: Night Bike Ride and Dinner at a Local Restaurant

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Wat Arun

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 38 reviews

We spent half a day with our driver and tour guide Kenny. He was early to the hotel and so attentive throughout. It is well worth paying the money for a tour guide as we would have just been walking around looking at pretty temples however not knowing the meaning behind them. Lenny was able to inform us of lots of things which we will remember. The temples are absolutely breathtaking and although covid has certainly stopped masses of people visiting at the moment for tourists it was actually quite nice to take lots of photos without strangers heads all in them clambering to take a picture!!! The sites themselves were well staffed and although it was so hot and humid there well fans outside at reception and undercover to help you cool down in the heat. We loved Kenny and he is amazing at his job. The children were really sad to say goodbye to him. Fab guide and a tour we will remember.

This tour was everything we wanted and more! The tour was a good mix of experiences and activities. Steve was very knowledgeable and an amazing photographer. Because it left a bit later in the day the crowds had disappeared and we mostly had all of the temples and other locations to ourselves. Steve went above and beyond to make sure we loved our tour and made us feel so welcome. Would recommend to anybody traveling to Bangkok and needs an afternoon tour.

Really super nice trip and wonderful "harbour area", where there are restaurants and shops. The trip itself was a really good experience with good entertainment, good food and a really nice view

It was incredible to see the culture of Thailand and to see all the markets. The tour guide Jacky was excellent, very informative and friendly. Very good experience.

the absolute best way to get the sounds, sights, smells and taste of Bangkok. Wonderfully guided by Nine. Top evening in this city.