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  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Enjoy the best highlights of Bangkok on this Grand Palace and River of Kings Canal small group tour. Escape the Bangkok traffic and board a longtail boat for a journey along the canals, enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Wat Pho, see the huge reclining Buddha and stand in awe of the majestic Grand Palace.


  • Explore the canals and the inspiring temples of Bangkok on this majestic tour
  • Visit the Grand Palace and see the Reclining Buddha at Wat Po
  • Travel by longtail boat through the canals of Bangkok, also known as the "Venice of the East"
  • Traveling in a small-group, maximum 12 passengers, allowing a unique and intimate experience

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Bangkok Grand Palace and River of Kings Canal Cruise Small-Group Tour

Bangkok Grand Palace and River of Kings Canal Cruise Small Group Tour

Your guided tour of Bangkok begins with a local bus ride to The Grand Palace Complex. Built in 1782, the Grand Palace served as the official residence of the King of Siam, the Royal Court and administrative seat of government. Despite no longer being the official residence of the king, the Grand Palace is still very much the spiritual center of the nation and used for various ceremonies during the year. You will also visit Wat Phra Kaew which houses the revered Emerald Buddha.

Next, walk to the nearby magnificent temple Wat Po, known for as a center of learning for traditional Thai massage and medicines -- founded in the 17th century, Wat Po is the oldest Buddhist temple in Bangkok.

Your tour ends with a long tail boat ride along the khlongs (canals) Chao Praya River ( River of Kings). In centuries gone by Bangkok was often referred to as the 'Venice of the East' with a vast network of khlongs providing passage throughout the city. Away from the chaotic streets of Bangkok, you'll get a glimpse into the past as you see daily life unchanged over time.

At the end of your tour, you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.

with a walk down to the Chao Praya River (meaning River of Kings) where you'll board a longtail boat for a journey along the river and into the canals of Bangkok. The longtail boat trip will provide you with an insight into the lives of people who live along these canals which seems a world away from the chaotic streets of Bangkok.

Your tour continues to Wat Pho, the temple of the reclining Buddha, the largest Buddha in Bangkok. Wat Pho temple is the center of the Buddhist religion in Thailand, the countries first university and is still a center of learning for traditional Thai massage and medicines. Enjoy a guided tour of this stunning complex.

Tour concludes at the Grand Palace, one of Bangkok's main tourist attraction. The Grand Palace complex comprises of numerous temples including the Wat Phra Kaew temple which houses the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's holiest religious statue carved from jade. Your guide will take you through the grounds of the Grand Palace providing a fascinating insight into this majestic place.

Your guide can assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel if needed.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

4 things we love about this tour! 1 The guide - Our guide arrived promptly at meeting point and i asked if we could take a tuk tuk to the grand palace as my husband has never taken one and he was very kind in obliging. 2 The grand palace is gorgeously magnificent! i have been to Bangkok like over 5 times and never once thought something so beautiful was hiding in the midst of this city. 3 The reclining Buddha was huge and beautiful! 4 Loved the long-tail canal ride - it was so fun! The overall experience was just fantastic and well-worth the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This entire tour was great, so much to see in so little time, you need 3 days to see it, but the experience with our guide was great, she did not rush, was patient and explained and answered all of our questions, again love the idea of small group and feel it was personable for us. Great job and tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Good tour, but the hot weather made it very difficult

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

I had the best and most knowledgeable guide Ms. Gof as she truly knew
her facts and data that I even used on later tours. She gave me a very quick
info on the area that we were going to visit, history of Thailand and key points and customs about the
city and answered all of my questions. Even though I was running late
as I could not find a taxi driver that wanted to drive downtown and
I had allowed an hour commute time (traffic in downtown Bangkok made LA
look good) and could not believe that the drivers would pass up a fare. Anyway,
my only suggestion would be to ADD transportation option to this tour if you are staying outside of the downton area.
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outside of the immediate downtown area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

I only wish we weren't so jet lagged to enjoy more the entire tour! Our fault for booking it for the day of our arrival! PAM was great, she knows a lot about the city, has a sense of humor and the tour was very fun with her. She is also open to questions and always knows the answer!!! I definately recommend this tour especially if you are not spending many days in Bangkok - it includes the must sees in just four hours! It was great!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Our guide Boon was great. Very knowledgable and spoke excellent English. A must if you do not have a lot of time to spend in Bangkok.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

My tour guide was knowledgeable and professional. The boat, however, is of the Venetian gondola
type, and this may unnerve some. I almost fell into the river. My bum got a soaking, and I later threw
away my slacks, due to the odor. I can laugh now, but I was genuinely scared at the time. The tour,
however, was great, and I heartily recommend this Bangkok tour!

Stephen F
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

Superb tour, great being on the water and the palace is incredible. The tour guide then helped us onto a bus for the markets, great morning

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Seeing the giant Buddha was an absolute delight. My tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. I highly recommend this tour.

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