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  • Location:Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duration:9-10 hours

Bangkok in Motion: City Tour by Skytrain, Boat and Tuk Tuk

This full-day tour takes you to city highlights via public transport: skytrain, 'tuk tuk' (motorized rickshaw), public boat on the Chao Phraya River and shuttle boat via a historical ‘klong’ (canal). Visit Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha, and the nearby Grand Palace with its revered Emerald Buddha. Continue to Ban Batra Alley for monk’s alms bowls making and the Jim Thompson House, with the option of joining your guide for an early morning stroll in Lumpini Park. Receive personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.


  • Full-day Bangkok sightseeing by public transportation
  • Discover the bustling capital city by skytrain, tuk tuk and on foot
  • Ride a public boat on the Chao Phraya River and a commuter shuttle boat on the klong
  • Choose the option of rising earlier for a morning stroll in Lumpini Park (also known as Bangkok’s Central Park)
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 ensures a more personalized experience with your knowledgeable local guide

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What You Can Expect

Bangkok in Motion: City Tour by Skytrain, Boat and Tuk Tuk

Bangkok in Motion: City Tour by Skytrain, Boat and Tuk Tuk

Tour Bangkok exclusively by public transportation and experience the Thai capital from a different point of view!

Option 1: Early Morning Walk in Lumpini Park plus Full-Day Tour
Your guide meets you at your city hotel in the early morning for a walk to Lumpini Park. Take a stroll through Bangkok’s Central Park for an authentic glimpse of local life, and watch groups doing their morning exercises, including tai chi, yoga and aerobic dance. Enjoy the greenery, against a backdrop of skyscrapers in the heart of Thailand’s metropolis, before continuing your full-day tour by public transportation.' (See full-day tour option for details.)

Option 2: Full-Day Tour without Morning Walk
If you didn't rise extra early for your optional walk, meet your guide at your hotel in the morning. Start your day of sightseeing with a stroll to the nearest station of the Bangkok Mass Transit System, commonly known as the BTS or skytrain.

Your short ride by skytrain offers the best views of Bangkok’s downtown en route to the terminal station of Saphan Taksin, located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Here, board a public boat to Tha Thien pier where you disembark to visit Wat Pho, the temple of the reclining Buddha. Marvel at Bangkok’s largest Buddha statue, which reaches 150 feet (46 meters) in length.

Follow up with a visit to the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most famous royal monument that was once the official home of the kings of Siam. Housed within the ornate Wat Phra Kaew you’ll find the most revered Buddha image in Thailand: the Emerald Buddha.

Enjoy lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant near the palace before venturing on foot — or tuk tuk — to Soi Ban Batra, where a handicraft family is famed for the art making monk’s alms bowls and selling them. Then head back to Ratchadamnoen Avenue, a historic road referred to as the Thai Champs Elysées, where you’ll get in another tuk tuk to reach the historical klong, Saen Saeb.

Board the klong’s commuter shuttle for a boat ride across Bangkok to the west. Disembark for a short walk from the Ratchathewi boat station to visit the Jim Thompson House, a museum located in the former home of the Thai Silk Company's founder. The complex boasts six traditional Thai-style houses built of teak, and features a fine collection of arts and antiques.

After your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to stay and shop in one of the five large shopping complexes in the area — MBK, Siam Square, Siam Center, Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon — or simply return to your hotel by skytrain, accompanied by your guide.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Amazing tour of the major sights of bangkok with ms wan pen our tour guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a great introduction to Bangkok. The tour guide was amazing, informative, profetional and so helpful. He made our day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

What can we say..............excellent from start to finish and our guide was amazing!! Jonny was very informative and tailored the tour to suit us as there was only the two of us - we wouldn't have managed to see and experience as many sights in the time available without him. This tour is well worth the money and comes highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was a great tour. There was only two us us and Our guide changed things to custom make it for us. One guide two people great.

Should say there was a lot of walking, we were ok, but should be put on web page as many folks may not be able to walk this much in the heat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

I had a short time in bangkok and this tour allowed me to see and experience many of the major sights in a short but manageable time. Our guide Khun Wanna, was very knowledgeable, helpful, and fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our tour guide went out of her way to accommodate our schedule. She was outstanding.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Wow! My friend an I really lucked out by having Woody as our tour guide. He was a wealth of information. It was clear that he has a passion for his work. In addition, we truly appreciated his willingness to share information about Thai culture and customs. Taking part of his tour at the start of our trip definitely set a positive tone. This experience is perfect for someone who has a limited time in Bangkok.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Excellent - it was beyond my expectation.
It turned out to be a private tour, for me and my friend. The tour guide Ling was exceptional. She arrived promptly at the hotel reception and picked us up. Throughout the tour she gave us a lot of useful information and tips about our holiday in Bangkok.
Be prepared for a lot of walking in this tour as the sites that you visit at huge and there's also walking in bazaars and to/from the transportation.
Ling the guide was flexible to adjust our tour if we wanted to spend more time at some place or have a coffee break. Highly recommended - worth the money.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Tour was great and very personalized since I was the only one on the tour. Was able to change the schedule a little bit. Sometimes difficult to understand the tour guides English due to his accent but overall he was able to communicate the information needed.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Great tour with guide. Lots of walking and multiple means of transportation. I recommend if able to walk a lot and if interested to see the back sides of the city as well. If i come back, i would use city bus tour.

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