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  • Location:Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

On this sightseeing tour of Bangkok's canals (or khlongs, as they are known locally) you will travel by a motorized boat on the Chao Phraya River to see the serene family homes and temples dotted along the waterways which inspired Bangkok's reference as the "Venice of the East". The canals around Bangkok serve as a natural highway for many local Thai people going about their everyday business, such as transporting their merchandise, in particular rice, to and from the rice fields.


  • Cruise along the Chao Phraya River admiring the family homes and temples dotted along the waterways
  • Stroll through the grounds of the Grand Palace and have an opportunity to see the most holy and revered Emerald Buddha
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Hotel pickup included (selected hotels only)

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What You Can Expect

Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

You'll be picked up from your centrally located Bangkok hotel and cruise along the canals of Bangkok. Your cruising tour will stop at the Temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun, which is one of the Bangkok's most iconic landmarks and the most famous of the more than 400 Buddhist temples and monasteries in the city.

It is then onto the Grand Palace complex. This Grand Palace complex includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) which is unquestionably one of the wonders of the world today. Within its enormous grounds is the most exotic Buddhist temple and at the heart of the temple itself is a fabulous Buddha image, carved from one piece of Jade, which is the holiest and most revered of religious objects in Thailand today.

Customer Reviews

Kenneth O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

An exhilarating trip on the canal with some interesting sights. The temples were wonderful, but very crowded although our guide did exceptionally well

Stephen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent historical/cultural trip highlighting the way things used to be. Our guide was excellent. We were a tour of 5 our family so it ended up being a private tour.
Highly recommended tour - value was excellent.

Albert W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very well organised and adapted well to the terriable weather. Unfortunatly due to the weather we could not vist the Wat Arun, this was no big deal as we were soaked and just wanted to get back to the hotel. Other then that we were picked up on time and dropped back to the hotel.

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. There were only three persons on the tour and the guide was both knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. This was our first introduction to Bangkok and along with the sights visited as described we had a tour of the city area as well. Cruising the canals was interesting as this is the side of a city you'd never normally experience. We would highly recommend this tour.

Lisa Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

These were the must see sights of Bangkok. I enjoyed arriving via a wooden long boat that roger Moore had been in. Our guide was excellent and was very informative.

Tabitha A G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

The guide was very friendly and knew the subject matter. I am very glad I booked with this company and took this tour. I would recommend it.

Milauna J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

My friend and I purchased this tour and it was amazing. It was educational as well as scenic. We were able to experience areas on the canal where locals live and work. What an enlightening journey. My only wish was that we had a more time to spend at Wat Arun so that we could explore the entire premises. Nonetheless, our personal tour guide/ photographer voluntarily captured as many memories as requested. I am so glad to have booked this cruise.

Damali D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

I really enjoyed seeing the city another way on the tour. It was a nice small group and the guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.

Lisa V USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Great tour, great guide- had a very enjoyable time.

Linda B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

Our guide was very knowledgeable. We highly recommend this canal tour. Riding in the long tail boat was a highlight of our trip to Bangkok.

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