Setting off from the pier, this full day tour that showcases the splendor of Bangkok begins by traveling to Wat Trimitr where you'll visit the incredible Golden Buddha Temple. Weighing in at an incredible five and a half tons, and standing over 10 feet high, this massive statue dates back to the 700 year-old Sukhothai period. During the time of the Burmese invasions the statue was covered in plaster as a protective measure and as time passed, its gold composition was long forgotten. It wasn't until it was transferred to Bangkok in the 1950's that this was rediscovered and the statue was restored to its original glory. Proceeding on from here, your next stop is the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Siamese court. Built at the beginning of the Chakri Dynasty in 1782 by King Rama I and covering nearly one square mile, the Palace served as the residence of the Thai Kings until 1949. Today, it is still used for Royal ceremonies and state occasions. Within the Palace compound is a collection of lavishly decorated buildings, bejeweled with gilt and multi-colored glass mosaics, and soaring finials topped with glittering spires. The highlight of your guided tour of the palace grounds is the Wat Phra Keo, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. One of the most celebrated sites in all Thailand, the temple houses one of the country's most sacred objects, a splendid Buddha statue carved from a single piece of emerald-green jasper.
Following a delightful buffet lunch at one Bangkok's leading riverside hotels, you'll board a private boat, continuing your exploration of Bangkok with a leisurely cruise along the Chao Phraya River and the klongs (canals) of the city's Thonburi district. Along your route you'll see traditional teakwood houses built on stilts, as well as Wat Arun, or Temple of Dawn, and the dazzling Phra Prang, a 260-foot-high pagoda decorated with ceramic tiles and fragments of multi-colored porcelain. Before being transferred back to the pier, time for shopping will be provided at a local store that specializes in quality souvenirs, local Thai handicrafts, textiles and jewelry.
Please note: This tour consists of extensive walking and is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable, flat-heeled, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended. Suitable attire is required for palace and temple visits. Shorts, culottes, tight trousers and leggings are not permitted. Trousers must cover the ankle and women must have their shoulders and knees covered. No tight or see-through blouses are permitted, even if a jacket is worn over them. All footwear must be removed before entering temples.
Video and still cameras are allowed in the Royal Palace Grounds and in the compound of the Emerald Buddha Temple, but not inside the buildings.
The actual tour duration may vary due to traffic conditions in Bangkok.