Tour:

Thonburi Klongs & Grand Palace (half day)

Bangkok | 1 day | from $ 72,-
KLONGS - WAT ARUN - GRAND PALACE
Among the best ways to explore Bangkok is by boat, along the Chao Phraya River. You will have a first hand impression of the scenic life along Bangkok’s waterways and will discover the Royal Barges, the Temple of Dawn and The Grand Palace.
Among the best ways to explore Bangkok is by boat. A cruise along the Chao Phraya River - the city's lifeblood - and the canals of Thonburi reveal scenes at odds with the bustling, modern inner city. Visitors get a glimpse of the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers. This picturesque view is what earned Bangkok the title of "Venice of the East." En route, stop at Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), one of the most attractive temples in Thailand. The boat trip ends at Chang pier, from where you walk to the Grand Palace (290 meters / yards). The Grand Palace was the seat not only of the king and his court, but contained within its crenellated walls the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai though there are some European designs as well. Brilliantly colored and gilded, and decorated with intricate detail, the overall effect is dazzling. The palace served as the official residence of the kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. Construction of the temple began when King Rama I moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1785. Unlike other Thai temples, it does not contain living quarters for monks; rather, it has only the richly decorated holy buildings, statues, and pagodas. The main temple building is the central ubosoth, which houses the Emerald Buddha. Though green in color, the Buddha is actually carved from a single piece of jade, and though only 17 inches tall, is the most revered object in Thailand. Also within the grounds are several palaces, used for various occasions: the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Throne Hall, Coronation Hall, and the Royal Guest House. The majority of halls and palaces can be viewed from outside only, but the exteriors are captivating enough to please.

Price (2 people)
$ 131,- p.p.
Price (3 people)
$ 99,- p.p.
Price (4 people)
$ 82,- p.p.
Price (5 people)
$ 72,- p.p.
Departure
Daily
Transfer from/to hotel
yes
Included
  • private tour
  • A/C transport
  • entrance fees
  • local English speaking guide
Meals included
no
Duration
07:00am-12:30pm
For visiting The Grand Palace, there is a strict dress code: shoulders and knies must be covered.

Note: The entire Grand Palace is closed during special royal ceremonies and during visiting heads of state, while other buildings (such as the Throne Hall and Coronation Hall) are always closed on SAT/SUN and public holidays, during special ceremonies and on Buddhist Holidays. A calendar for visiting the Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha can be viewed on the web-site of the Bureau of the Royal Household at: http://www.brh.thaigov.net.