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Buddhist Temple Tours From Bangkok

Buddhist Temple Tours From Bangkok

Bangkok is home to over 26,000 Buddhist wats, or temples. Expect to be humbled by their gorgeous gold foil stupas, enormous Buddha statues, fragrant incense, intricate stonework, and serene ambience. Here are some of the must-see Buddhist temples in and around Bangkok.

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Set near the Grand Palace complex and just inland from the Chao Phraya River, Wat Pho is included in most city tours for good reason: It’s centrally located; is one of Bangkok’s oldest temple sites; and houses one of the city’s largest Buddha statues, a 150-foot (46-meter) reclining golden Buddha. The statue has ornate patterns on its feet and an apparent smirk on its lips, perhaps at photographers’ futile attempts to capture its largess. The temple grounds are also home to an array of point-topped chedi, Thai Buddhist stupa-like monuments, and a cloister lined with golden Buddha statues—no two of which are the same.

Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha)

Another gold Buddha worth a visit and often included in temple tours is the 15-foot (4.5-meter) seated one in Wat Traimit, on the outskirts of Chinatown. Not your average gold Buddha, this one is made of solid gold, weighs about five and a half tons, and is worth millions. The palatial white and gold temple also houses exhibits on the history of the Chinese community in Bangkok, an interpretive center, and a museum that documents the story of the golden Buddha statue.

Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

Tuk-tuk temple tours typically stop at Wat Phra Kaew. Considered one of the most sacred temple sites in all of Thailand, its storied dark-green statue, just 26 inches (66 centimeters) tall, is believed to have been carved in the 14th century. Its murky history is filled with legend, and the temple’s elaborate carvings of kinnara (Buddhist mythological figures) and warrior statues supporting golden chedi add to the site’s mythical flair. A newer temple a few miles away and often coupled with tours of downtown wats is Wat Benchamabophit, a late 19th-century temple built of Italian marble.

Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)

For some exercise, head to riverside Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn. Its series of external stone steps are climbable for spectacular city views from its perch on the west bank of the river.

 

Ayutthaya Temples

The Ayutthaya temple complex, 53 miles (85 kilometers) north of Bangkok, is the UNESCO World Heritage–listed site of a once-thriving Kingdom of Siam capital. Explore the area’s many intact temples including Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Phanan Choeng, and Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, the latter known for its large bronze Reclining Buddha statue. Tours to the historic area often also include a stop at the former summer palace of King Rama IV (now a museum) and a boat ride to see other ancient temples along the Chao Phraya River.

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Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-TukHalf-day Tours

Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk

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This award-winning night tour by tuk-tuk provides a great introduction to Bangkok for first-time visitors, but it also showcases a side of the city that most repeat visitors haven't seen. You get to bypass heavily trafficked areas and take off-the-beaten-track routes toward illuminated temples such as Wat Pho and a bustling, 24-hour flower market. Enjoy dinner, followed by dessert at a mystery stop. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people.
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Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from BangkokDay Trips

Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

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Combine a visit from Bangkok to Ayutthaya—the UNESCO-listed ancient capital of Siam—with a riverboat trip on the Chao Phraya River. An informative guide highlights Thailand’s fascinating history as you explore Ayutthaya temples, stone ruins and Buddha statues in the old capital of Thailand, which was ransacked by invading Burmese in the 18th century. This full-day tour includes lunch and returns you to Bangkok by boat.
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Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)Half-day Tours

Private Tour of Bangkok's Temples Including Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

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Thailand is driven by the Buddhist faith and some 26,000 wats, or temples, dot the landscapes of this southeast Asian nation. Take a private tour of three significant Bangkok temples, including the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho and marvel at the religion that permeates the culture and traditions of this city.
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Royal Grand Palace and Bangkok Temples: Half Day TourBus Tours

Royal Grand Palace and Bangkok Temples: Half Day Tour

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Explore Bangkok’s most important cultural sights on a half-day private tour of the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Traimit. Learn about the country’s royal heritage as you explore the palace, whose elaborate stepped roofs are the height of Siamese design. Visit the funeral and coronation halls, and see the sacred Buddha carved from solid jade. Circle the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho then stroll cool halls lined with hundreds of Buddha images. Continue to Wat Traimit to see a centuries-old golden Buddha, and leave an offering in the gleaming sanctuary.
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Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra KaewHalf-day Tours

Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew

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This private half-day tour of Bangkok’s Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew is an essential deal for anyone traveling to Thailand’s capital city. Explore some of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks with your expert guide, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, home to an image of Buddha made up entirely of jade.
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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew TourHalf-day Tours

Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

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Visit the Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok on a tour that showcases the best of travelers’ ‘must-see’ list for the capital city. Taken in the morning or afternoon, this one-of-a-kind experience allows time to explore the best-known landmarks with an expert local guide. Highlights include the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, located in the Grand Palace Complex.
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Bangkok’s Inspiring Buddhist templesHalf-day Tours

Bangkok’s Inspiring Buddhist temples

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Explore Bangkok’s history and heritage on a group or private, half-day guided tour that takes in the city’s finest temples.  Step into the hushed grandeur of Wat Pho and light a candle beside the massive reclining Buddha, then stroll between the distinctive chedis built for four Chakri kings. Take in the architectural grace of Wat Benchamabophit, a marble temple with ornately stepped-out roofs, then discover the treasure inside Wat Trimitr, where a gleaming Buddha sits lotus style, weighed down by 5.5tons (5 tonnes) of solid gold.
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Bangkok Temples Tour, Including Reclining Buddha at Wat PhoHalf-day Tours

Bangkok Temples Tour, Including Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

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Experience the beauty of Thai culture on this half-day Bangkok temples tour that showcases some of the city’s most impressive landmarks. See a massive solid gold Buddha at Wat Tramit and marvel at delicate marble carvings at Wat Benchamabophit. Then follow your guide to the birthplace of traditional healing, Wat Pho, and learn about some of the age-old practices still used today.
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Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat ArunHalf-day Tours

Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

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Experience a half-day Bangkok canal tour along the Chao Phraya River, the city’s aquatic roadway, including stops at two of the city’s most famous sights and a chance to observe daily life of residents living near the Thai capital’s many canals (also called 'khlongs'). Admire the gorgeous decadence of Bangkok’s Grand Palace, home of the revered Emerald Buddha, and take in the incredible Wat Arun, one of Bangkok’s most iconic temples. The tour includes pick-up at select hotels, air-conditioned transport, river cruise, local guide and entrance fees.
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Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in BangkokHalf-day Tours

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

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Experience the spiritual beauty of Thailand on this 5-hour Viator Exclusive tour that includes a visit to Bangkok’s biggest flower market and a behind-the-scenes tour of the famed Grand Palace. Wake with the sun and head to a local monastery—possibly the Marble Temple at Wat Benchamabophit) and participate in a beautiful almsgiving ceremony. Then pay a visit to the iconic Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew. With a group cap of 8 people, this Buddhist experience insures personalized attention from your friendly local guide.
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