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  • Location:Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duration:8-10 hours

Bangkok Shore Excursion: Private Grand Palace and Shopping Tour

Enjoy a private shore excursion to Bangkok’s marvelous Grand Palace when your cruise ship docks in the port. The beautiful jade Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) will take your breath away! Your full-day tour by private, air-conditioned vehicle includes commentary by a knowledgeable local guide, who will accompany you to Bangkok’s best shopping locations for a leisurely afternoon. Let your guide know what types of venues most interest you and then shop to your heart’s content. Round-trip transport from the cruise terminal is included.


  • Full-day private shore excursion to the Grand Palace with shopping in Bangkok
  • Visit Bangkok's most popular landmarks – the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew
  • Gaze in wonder at the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s holiest statue
  • Hear interesting commentary by a professional guide as you tour the palace grounds
  • Pickup and drop-off by private vehicle included from Laem Chabang or Kong Toey cruise port
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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Bangkok Shore Excursion: Private Grand Palace and Shopping Tour

Bangkok Shore Excursion: Private Grand Palace and Shopping Tour

After pickup from the Laem Chabang port or Kong Toey port, start your shore excursion at the Grand Palace, Bangkok’s top attraction. Drive by comfortable, private vehicle and enjoy a private tour of the palace complex, the original residence of Siam’s royal families, including the Royal Funeral Hall and the Royal Coronation Hall. Your guide will offer commentary on the traditional Thai architecture mixed with European design, and point out significant Buddhist sculptures and decorative art as well.

Within the enormous palace grounds lies the Wat Phra Kaew – the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. At the heart of the sacred temple you’ll find the magnificent Buddha image carved in the 14th century from one piece of jade, considered the holiest and most revered of religious objects in Thailand today.

Following your tour of the palace and temple, stop for lunch (own expense). After your meal, your guide will advise you on the best places in Bangkok to shop, depending on your interests. Your guide will accompany you to one or two spots where you can browse to your heart’s desire during the afternoon, with ample opportunities for a snack or beverage (own expense).

Your tour ends with drop-off by private vehicle at the Laem Chabang or Kong Toey cruise terminal.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Bangkok cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

Our ship docked far from Bangkok so it was a long drive from the pier to the city, our guide ?Moab was excellent as was his driver. Being only four in our party it was ideall for Moab to wisk us around especially where crowds gathered, he wasted no time leading us from building to building and telling us where the best photo opportunities were located. We wanted to cancel the shopping tour and visit the Jim Thompson house but with political unrest in the area many streets were blocked off by the police. It was a good tour but way too far to drive--it would have been better to dock closer but that was beyond our control or the guide, he was an excellent guide.

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2015

The guide had problems with her English. In spite of that she polite and considerate of our needs. The grand palace was crowded d and noisy. It was hard to appreciate it he area. She took to a nice shopping area and stayed with us.

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