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It was indeed a 'small-group tour', Two guides and me! The whole trip was great BUT I would have structured it the other way round. Instead of doing the river bit first it would have been better to do the Grand Palace first (in the relative 'cool' of the morning, and then, in the heat of the day, do the river bit. My guides were superb and gave me a great insight into all we were seeing, Thai history and culture. Take socks with you as the ground is corching hot when you have to take your shoes off to enter certain buildings. The hotel allocated as the meeting point was not very helpful when I arrived rather early for this excursion (due to , and I asked if I could have (buy) a coffee or some breakfast. The answer was 'no' despite their residents being served breakfast at the time.... I then had to walk to a nearby cafe to get a coffee. People should be informed that on being met by your guide/s you then have a fair walk to the pier to get the boat for the river part of the excursion. The other point that should be made is the clothing question - I took heed, as I thought, of the 'respectuful' dress code and wore full length leggings (down to ankle and a top that had neither low neck nor showed bare arms above the elbow. Having got to the Grand Palace I was informed, by my guides, that I was inappropriately dressed and thus had to hire a sarong (as it was my leggins that were causing offence) at a cost of 200BHT which was refunded when returned BUT only on production of the yellow receipt - lose that and you loose your 200 BHT!
Very good tour, although a bit rushed. It was perfect. By noon I was exhausted and ready for a nap! So much information, so little time! I would have like to have more time to walk through the market there, they had interesting items relative to Bangkok. I can't wait to go back!
Our guide 'the famous Joe' was very friendly and informative.. Great overall experience. Would recommend to everyone.
Joe was a great guide. I ended up on the tour by myself but Joe made it a very enjoyable day. The river was a nice way to travel and even got to feed some cat fish.
Excellent excursion. We even managed to squeeze in a short trip in a tuk tuk. The only negative was that there was no hotel collection service for this trip.
I enjoyed this tour and found it covered all the places that I wanted to visit in one day. The long boat trip on the canals was interesting and a different part of Bangkok to previously seen. The long boats are not easy to climb in and out of so anyone with mobilty challenges would find it difficult. The day we went was very hot so the amount of walking became quite exhausting. More should be written regarding kaccess and distances walked.
The cannal cruise was a good way to see another picturesque part of Bangkok. The Longboat ride was interesting. Persnonally, being an older lady ,I found it a long way down to board the boat and even harder to get out. I had to be helped by strong arms! The Grand Palace is definitely a "must see". It made a very long and exhausting day on foot in the heat for me, but I am very glad I have had the experience.
Takes in all the main sights in Bangkok with a very informative and knowledgeable guide.
Great way of visiting the main atractions on the river. A good alternative to a bus tour.
Could not do the tour as our daughter was not well. However we did go to the grand Palace another day on our own. It is a must see place.
Amazing places but had to go back to the hotel to Google the history,such a shame as it was just us 3 on that tour, our guide had poor English so really could have done the whole trip with a guide book our self's, we live in Singapore and well traveled so we are well use to listening to broken English, but because of their being so much history it was hard to piece it all together.
We were very disappointed.
It did not start very well as they did not have our names on the list for that tour. We then had to walk about 1km to the berth where the boat had already left and had to return to pick us up. The guide was not very informative and the tour did not last as long as stated online.
Tour actually lasted only 3 hours. Guide spoke very little English and could not answer any questions. He was only able to repeat memorized lines. Not a single piece of info was provided during the river cruise.