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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

Jan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Johnny, my guide was fantastic. You should use him often.

Simrandeep H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Amazing tour and introduction to Bangkok! We got to see so much and take different types of transportation. Ann, our tour guide, was amazing! She was very informative and didn't rush us at all.

ENRIQUE R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great guide !

Denise Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Highly recommend this trip,you get to see a lot of the city in one day! We had a lovely tour guide Tommy,there was only my husband and I so it was very personal. Would definatly recommend this tour .

Tereso O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

My husband and I did this tour with a private guide, and it was a great day! We did so many different things, and taking the various forms of transportation was really fun. We had been to Bangkok before, so the guide made sure that our tour included things that we hadn't seen before. We had a ball! We highly recommend you try a tour like this!!

Stephen N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A great way to spend 1 day in Bangkok. Our guide, Johnny, deserves more than 5 stars. He was by far the greatest part of our week in Asia. His love for the land and people, personal knowledge of history and geography, and his personal relations ability were all exceptional!

Christopher F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This is a must do tour if its your first visit to Thailand. You will get to travel by public transport including the BTS, river boat, canal taxi and tuk tuk. The guide shows you how to use the system i.e. how to buy tickets, where to queue etc and how to negotiate with the tuk-tuk drivers.
We had a great guide, Phanom, who took us to lots of interesting places including the local market. He educated us in Thai customs and etiquette, including lunch at a street cafe and buying street food and drinks, which we would not have been brave enough to do otherwise.
Be aware you are on your feet for a lot of the day - visiting the sites and some walking between them as well. Highly recommended - and we hope you get Phanom as your guide.

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.

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