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

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

Discover Bangkok via its public transportation system as you travel with a guide throughout the city by skytrain, 'tuk-tuk' (motorized rickshaw), public boat and shuttle boat — and on foot. You’ll make stops at Wat Pho, the Grand Palace and the Jim Thompson House, and float down the Chao Phraya River and one of its ‘klongs’ (canals). Opt for an additional early morning stroll in Lumpini Park on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people to ensure personalized attention.

Highlights

  • 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

See Bangkok by public transport, starting your full-day sightseeing tour with pickup from your hotel. If you opt for a morning walk to Lumpini Park — aka Central Park — your guide picks you up one hour earlier; see locals doing their morning exercises in the park against a backdrop of skyscrapers in the heart of the Thai capital. 

From Lumpini Park or your hotel, follow your guide to the nearest BTS station for a short skytrain ride. View downtown Bangkok en route to Saphan Taksin station, located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River where you’ll board a public boat.

You’ll disembark the boat near Wat Pho, which houses the 150-foot-long (46-meter) Reclining Buddha. From here, walk to the Grand Palace, the official royal residence, and witness its revered Emerald Buddha housed in Wat Phra Kaew.

Take a lunch break at a nearby restaurant (own expense) before venturing on foot — or tuk-tuk — to Soi Ban Batra. Admire the monks’ alms bowls made by a handicraft family before you return on foot to Ratchadamnoen Avenue, often referred to as the Thai Champs Elysées. Hop inside another tuk-tuk to reach Saen Saeb klong for a commuter shuttle boat ride.

It’s a short walk from the Ratchathewi boat station to the Jim Thompson House, located in the former home of the Thai Silk Company's founder. Explore the art and antiques inside teak houses at the museum complex with your guide.

At the end of your Bangkok tour, take advantage of a shopping opportunity at one of five large 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

Leah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Toom was an excellent tour guide! My husband and I really enjoyed this tour and got to see so much in 1 day!! Wonderful!!!

linda d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was amazing. Traveled to areas I never would have found. Teaching us how to use the transit system. Enjoyed local foods, rated by Thai Government. A market to see all the ingredients used in all these Thai foods and more. All day. All fun.

Stanley N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was a great time.

Anthony C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A very good introduction to Bangkok with use of Skytrain, river boat and Tuk Tuk. Our Guide, Poom, was very good and had very good knowledge of both the history and the local travel arrangements. A very worthwhile tour especially if on first visit to Bangkok.

Shawn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This tour is a must-do for the first-timer in Bangkok! We began with an early morning stroll through Lumphini Park where we saw locals engaged in a variety of activities from tai chi to paddle boats to traditional dance. From there my guide Noom and I traveled across Bangkok by means of bus, meter-taxi river boat, tuk-tuk, canal boat and sky train stopping for a detailed tour of The Grand Palace, Wat Pho and The Jim Thompson House. Nooms passion and pride for this city and the knowledge of its history and inner workings was self evident. I got a taste of Bangkok, picked up travel tips and gained the confidence to explore more aggressively on my own and navigate with ease. My expectations were far exceeded in this compliment to an amazing vacation.

Shawn
Naples, FL, US

Sam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

My wife, Lourdes and 2 sisters, Tess and Sandra had enjoyed this tour and rated 'E' stands for Excellent. Although lots of walking, very tiring and exhausting, our tour guide NAT was wonderful, friendly, chatty and very informative as she laid out her knowledge about Thailand's history. It was an exciting tour experiencing the use of public transport system firstly Tuk-Tuk ride, canal boat, BTS and BRT. Nat gave us the opportunity to have shopping, as she shown us where to buy cheap items and souvenirs. After dropping us off to our hotel, we have the chance to spend a little bit time with Nat and had dinner with her. To sum it up, I highly recommend this tour to friends in Australia.

Leanne K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Ken our tour guide was amazing! Gives you so much info

Hennie V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour!!! Try to do this the first day in Bangkok. This will help you understand the public transport system Taxi, Skytrain, Boat and Tuk-Tuk which will make it easier to travel through the city for the remainder of your stay. The temples were mesmerising. The guide was very friendly and knew a lot about the history of the city.

Jayne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fabulous tour and Nat our guide was wonderful. He was a great source of information and nothing was too much trouble. Great way to see some of the sights and the city without getting too exhausted. Also gives you an idea how the city is laid out and how to get around. If you get Nat as your guide you are on to a real winner. He paced the tour to suit us and was very friendly and chatty. Would thoroughly recommend this tour. It's fun and exciting as well as informative.

CPuckett

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was Phanom and was excellent. My husband and I were the only two in the tour, so it was like having a private tour. Phanom took us to all of the major sites by using different modes of transportation. We ate at a small restaurant which served authentic Thai food, which was wonderful! We saw parts of Bangkok that we would not have been able to see if we had not taken this tour.

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