Grand Palace, City Temples and Bangkok Canals (Full Day) This tour includes three of the most famous Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Wat Traimit is known as the temple of the Golden Buddha, with the three-metre tall solid gold statue weighing 5.5 tons. You will then pass through Chinatown on your way to Wat Pho, the temple of the reclining Buddha, 46 metres in length and 15 metres high, which makes it the largest Buddha in Bangkok. Then it is on to the Grand Palace, one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Siamese court and formerly the residence of the Kings of Bangkok. Here you will discover palaces that were used for different occasions: the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and Wat Phra Keo, the beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple. You will also take a ride in a long-tail boat along the Bangkok canals to see some of the local river life.
Floating Market and Rose Garden (Half Day/Full Day) The first stage of the tour is a visit to Bangkok’s most authentic floating market, Damnern Saduak. Travelling on the canals, you will pass boats with vendors selling fruits, Thai food and other local delights and you can buy anything that catches your eye. After lunch, the tour continues with a visit to the wonderful Rose Garden Resort with its colourful and fragrant flowers and trees. Enjoy an excellent cultural show with beautifully costumed actors portraying many aspects of the Thai way of life before you end the tour with a short elephant ride.
Temples of Old Bangkok (Half Day)
On this tour, you will visit three different temples in Bangkok. You begin at the Golden Mount, one of the most celebrated landmarks in the city, which is topped by a gilded pagoda 260 feet high. You also visit Ban Bat, a small community known for making traditional monk’s alms bowls followed by a visit to Wat Suthat, which is noted for its large bronze Buddha dating back to the Sukhothai period, its murals and the giant swing at the front of the temple created in 1874. At the third temple, Wat Ratchanatdaram, the roof of the pagoda is made up of 37 cast iron spires in seven tiers known as the Loha Prasart (literally ‘Metal Palace’). Behind the temple is a fascinating amulet market.
Exploring the Weekend Market (Half Day)
The hugely popular Bangkok Weekend Market at Chatuchak is the place to head for bargain shopping on Saturday and Sunday. The Market sells everything imaginable and is now so large that a map has been published to show what can be found and where. Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and will escort you by Sky Train or the subway to the Market, then help you to find just what you are looking for.