We were the only people on the afternoon tour, collection at the hotel was on time and our guide (Pam) was fantastic, she was full of interesting info re the Palace and the Emerald Buddha. Best to have the guide to explain everything and guide you around. Side trip to the Gem Gallery was a bonus.
Magnificent structures in this complex. Sadly we couldn't get into the main temple to see the Emerald Buddha as there were simply too many people. It happened to be a holy day in Buddhism, so the massed ranks of tourists, worshippers, school children ... meant one would have to endure very lengthy and long queues to get in.
Our tour guide was very friendly and had a constant smile.
Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew) was just amazing. Take a camera. Architecture and decoration out of this world. Grand Palace was just as amazing. The gardens were wonderful and architecture superb. Not alowed inside because this is a residence of the King. Get your picture taken with a guard and be respectful, and you will have a wonderful experience. Guide was knowledgable and very willing to help with photographs and a very friendly person. Language was not a problem.
This tour was conducted by the same company as the Bangkok Temples Tour. As with that one, this one was wonderful! Very knowledgeable staff willing to answer all questions! I did not feel rushed in the least! The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew were beautiful! Again, I would suggest this tour to anyone!
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha was very cool. The Buddha is pretty small and perched high above everyone in temple, but the grandeur is definitely worth a visit.
A definate must of you have time in Bangkok. So much colour and beauty. Our guide was really good and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our trip. The palace complex is of course very touristy but does not take away from the experience. as not too impressed with the emerald buddha, very small and up high but it was nice to see it all the same.
Tour was very good. Guide was very well versed in all of the buildings of the complex and gave us plenty of time to take pictures and wander around. the only down side was the the Emerald Budda was closed because the Royal family was visiting
Once again the tour company almost forgot me. But after the mixup the tour went well. Highlight was the Wat Phra Kaew Tour. Guide was very knowledgable although she tried to bring us to a gem factory. We were not interested in that aspect so was happy when she agreed for us to spend more time in the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew
This was my second time to the Grand Palace, but the first time for my son, who loved the visit. We were collected on time in a nice car. Our Guide was very knowledgeable and it was very interesting learning about the history of the Palace. I've given this tour 4 stars as afterward, we were dropped off at a gem factory/store which I couldn't remember whether this was included in the trip as I'd looked at so many different tours. Note: Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew are in the same place. Definitely worth doing.
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew are great places to visit and well worth the effort. Our guide was very informative and friendly. The visit to the Gem factory after the tour was interesting, but is really just aimed at selling Jewelery.
Be aware that the Wat Phra Kaew has high pressure jewelery sales. Unless that's what you want, opt to leave before you go in.
Both the Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew are amazing and are a must see. The major downside to this tours is the fact that we were taken to a gem factory/ outlet which we were not interested in and this also eat into our tour time.
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew were beautiful, but our guide was terrible. We had to wait an hour in a broken bus with no ac for the rest of the group and the guide. We didn't even know where we were since we were picked up from our hotel and dropped off in a parking lot with non English speaker drivers. The guide did not spend much time explaining the area once we arrived. It seemed as though he was sick because he had to stop often to rest and we were left on our own to explore.
We didn't get picked up for our tour and the company had no record of us. The hotel kindly followed up and we had to fax our paperwork. We missed the morning tour and had to go in the afternoon. The temple of the Emerald Buddha was closed in the afternoon, so I was very disappointed. I also don't like being taken to locations that I didn't expect. The jewellery store was not on the itinerary.
Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew are the same location.
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