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  • Location:Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Viator Exclusive: Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok

Experience Thailand like a local, by giving alms to Buddhist monks! This 5-hour tour includes a visit to Bangkok’s largest flower market and a comprehensive tour of the Grand Palace—a combo that’s a Viator Exclusive, available nowhere else. Rise in the early morning for your almsgiving in front of a local monastery like Marble Temple (Wat Benchamabophit). Then step foot inside the famous Wat Phra Kaew to view the Emerald Buddha. Numbers are limited to 8 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group and professional local guide.


  • 5-hour Bangkok tour including almsgiving, flower market and Grand Palace
  • Take part in an authentic Thai Buddhist ritual of giving alms on this Viator Exclusive
  • Tour the Grand Palace and Pak Khlong Talat flower market with a local guide
  • Visit Wat Phra Kaew, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, to see Thailand's most revered statue
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Bangkok city hotels with transport by luxury bus included
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 8 people ensures a personalized experience
  • This combo tour cannot be booked anywhere else!

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What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok

Morning Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour

Your guide will pick you up at your Bangkok city hotel in the early morning. Assemble with your small group on the comfortable bus in preparation for your 6am almsgiving, providing food to the Buddhist monks who reside at a local monastery. Depending on the day, your guide will determine the best location of this activity—most likely just outside the Marble Temple, considered one of Bangkok’s most beautiful temples with its gabled roof and ornate design. (Please note: An alternate location, such as the Grand Palace, may be chosen.)

Get a glimpse of the remarkable building while you observe the monks passing silently in their saffron robes. You’ll have the opportunity to take part in an authentic Thai experience as your guide demonstrates how to offer the daily donation, which sustains the Buddhist monks for their intensive studies and meditation. The observance of local Buddhists who rise early to give alms adds to the harmonious and tranquil atmosphere before the bustling city awakens.

Around 6:30am, hop back on your bus and drive to the nearby flower market, where you’ll have about one hour to explore. At Pak Khlong Talat flower market, Bangkok’s largest wholesale and retail flower market, you’ll find an abundance of brilliant displays at reasonable prices. Marvel at the kaleidoscope of fresh blooms from all over Thailand, including exquisite orchids, roses, lilies and more!

Your guide will direct your small group to an area of the market where you can purchase a snack (own expense) before continuing on to Bangkok’s Grand Palace. Admire the traditional Thai architecture mixed with European design as you embark on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the complex. Once the official home for the kings of Siam, the Grand Palace is undeniably one of Thailand's most famous attractions. Learn about the current royal family, which still uses the Grand Palace and its vast grounds for ceremonial occasions.

During your palace tour, visit the Royal Funeral Hall and the Royal Coronation Hall, as well as Wat Phra Kaew—an elaborate temple that houses the revered Emerald Buddha. Carved from just one piece of jade, the Emerald Buddha is considered the holiest religious object in Thailand. When your tour is complete, your guide will deliver you back to your hotel by 11:30am.

Don’t miss this exclusive combo tour—it’s available nowhere else!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was very good with his explanation of this tradition, how to approach the monks, and what kind of offerings are made. It was a very full tour done professional and with an eye on educating us about the history, religion and present day issues of Bangkok and Thailand.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Really good trip with an enthusiastic guide.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

Very good tour. I give the tour four stars but I would only give the tour guide three stars. I thought it unprofessional that she was reading her email, taking photographs and purchasing food for diner during our tour.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2015

Morning Buddhist Almsgiving happened at marble temple - many vendors approaching to sell fish and items. Local arrive to give the alms, happened at street level so was not a solemn experience that I expected.
Flower market - guide explained one side is local and another imported flowers. Showed sample flowers used in temple offerings. Overall ok experience - no beggars approached to ask money. Place was wet so best to use rubber or covered shoes to avoid getting muddied.
Grand palace tour - arrived early, hundred of Chinese tourists made the whole place and experience unpleasant. The actual structures are very interesting but I did not understand what the guide said or she could not give her orientation because the Chinese were shouting, shoving and crowding the structure or item being explained. IT WAS THE MOST HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE I have had in a spiritual site.
UPSET - our notice said pick up at 5:30am, tour guide arrive at 6am showed me her job order. We were both right and punctual but the person who gave us time references made the mistake. This is very unprofessional.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2015

The tour guide wasn't as well informed as I would have liked.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better April 2015

started at 6am and we finished the morning buddhist almsgiving at 7am, and we didd not have anything to do till 8:45 since grand palace opens late. Waste of time.

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