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Bangkok Canal Tour with Longtail Boat

1. 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: E-Scooter Night Tour with Local Street Food

2. Bangkok: E-Scooter Night Tour with Local Street Food

The tour starts the convenient meeting point where you'll be given a short training session on how to ride the electric scooter. After the instructions, you’ll have a test run to get comfortable on the e-scooter then start the tour. First, you’ll get a brief history of Bangkok as you ride to the first stop. Now that you’re confident on the scooter you’ll tour through a few lesser-known areas to see Bangkok like a local, including a beautiful temple. Next up stop at Wat Arun and take photos of it shimmering in the night light, 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, see the royal Grand Palace at night. Although it is closed at this time, it's still a magnificent sight to behold.   The next stop will be for a street food dinner where you'll get to eat like a local at a popular stall before moving 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.   Finally, visit Wat Prayoon with its huge white stupa lit up at night. After a ride along the riverside and winding back streets, you’ll arrive once again at the starting point of the tour.

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

3. 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

4. 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: Full-Day Customized Tour with Local Transportation

5. Bangkok: Full-Day Customized Tour with Local Transportation

Explore Bangkok with a private guide and enjoy the flexibility of a customized tour. Visit major sightseeing attractions, eat good street food, discover the flower market, take a little canal boat tour, or simply bargain better at the shopping malls like MBK Center or Platinum. Begin your customized private journey of Bangkok by meeting your guide at the hotel lobby. Benefit from an itinerary that can be altered and adjusted according to your interests. Your licensed tour guide will give you a personalized experience in this amazing Bangkok city. Get to know the local way of life a little better by making use of various public transportation systems to get from place to place. There will be Skytrain, underground metro, bus, taxi, Tuk Tuk, and canal boat for you to choose from. Explore Rattanakosin Island to see the Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho or Wat Arun. Check out the famous Khao San Road or Chatuchak Weekend Market. Be hassle-free and let the guide arrange things for you to enjoy the fascinating city at its best.

Bangkok: Historical Temples Tour & Rooftop Bar at Sunset

6. 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: 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.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 149 reviews

OMG! Soooo much fun. Tommy and Gita were awesome guides. They took us on the wildest and craziest ride that will forever be talked about with our friends. The tiny alley ways and stops at historical places was great. We got to see parts of the city that no one else will see on a routine tour. Highly recommend this trip!! Even our teenage son had a blast! Ten stars!!! We would love to get the photos that Gita took! Please email them

Our tour guide put together a great program for us. She showed us the things we wanted to see, negotiated and compared good prices for the different rides (Longboat, Tactic, Taxi, Bus and Tramp). She was very nice, always explaining new things to us, introducing us to great food and giving us an unforgettable great day. Thank you, always happy to be with you.

It was absolutely amazing! Highly recommend as we were able to see so much from the city and the guide was also excellent. For me this was one of the best ways to discover Bangkok, especially when you don’t have that much time in the city.

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

A very nice and helpful guide. He organized an interesting trip around Bangkok for us