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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) Tours and Activities

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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
The spectacularly ornamented Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand. Located within the Grand Palace in Bangkok’s Old City, a site highlight is a sacred pre–15th-century statue of the Buddha in a seated meditation pose carved from a single block of jade.

The Basics
As one of Bangkok’s biggest tourist attractions, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is included in numerous sightseeing tours. Most tours include a guided visit of the Bangkok Grand Palace, as well as options to combine the temple with a River of Kings canal cruise or a visit to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market or Bangkok’s largest flower market. If you’re based in Hua Hin, you can see the temple and other city highlights on a day trip to Bangkok.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Emerald Buddha Temple is a must-see for spiritual travelers and first-time visitors to Bangkok.
  • The temple maintains a strict dress code: shorts, short skirts, and sleeveless t-shirts are not permitted on the temple grounds.
  • Be prepared to remove your shoes before entering the temple.
  • While the lawn and gardens of Bangkok’s Grand Palace are accessible to wheelchair users, the temple interior is not due to a series of steps leading inside.

How to Get There
To reach the Emerald Buddha Temple, take the Silom Line to Saphan Taksin Station and leave through exit 2. From there, take a boat taxi to the Tha Chang Pier near the Grand Palace main entrance.

When to Get There
To avoid the biggest crowds, plan to visit first thing in the morning or after lunch, when most tour buses have departed. Sometimes the temple closes to the public when the Grand Palace is being used for state functions.

The Buddha’s Robes
Pay attention to the robes draped over the 26-inch (66-centimeter) Emerald Buddha perched high up on its gilded shrine. At the beginning of each season, the king changes the monastic robes to suit the season: hot, rainy, or cool.
Address: Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Hours: Daily 8:30am–3:30pm
Admission: 500 baht
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Bangkok Temple Emerald Buddha Entrance Ticket With Hotel Transfer

Bangkok Temple Emerald Buddha Entrance Ticket With Hotel Transfer

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Visit the sacred temple Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) with the convenience of a one-way transfer from your Bangkok hotel. The most important temple in Thailand, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located on the grounds of the Grand Palace, and it is one of the top attractions in Bangkok. Your package includes admission ticket and hotel pickup.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour

Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour

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This customizable private tour showcases the best of Bangkok and beyond. Follow your personal guide through some of the city's top attractions, including Wat Arun Grand Palace, and the Floating Market. Explore some of Bangkok's most vibrant neighborhoods, sample local cuisine (own expense), and wander the shops and sites with a local who offers insight and information along the way.
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  • 8 hours
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Amazing Bangkok Tour Including Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun

Amazing Bangkok Tour Including Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun

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A great choice for first-time visitors to Bangkok, this tour touches on the city’s most revered temples. First, visit the Grand Palace, which was home to Thailand’s royal family until 1925. Next up: Wat Phra Kaew, (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which is considered the most important temple in Thailand. You’ll also take a boat ride to the Temple of Dawn.
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Grand Pearl - Luxury Dinner Cruise Experience at Bangkok with Return Transfer

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See Bangkok from the water while enjoying traditional Thai food and performances on this luxury dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River. A dinner cruise is ideal for food lovers, a date night, and photographers who want to capture the glittering skyline, plus it is the perfect way to escape Bangkok’s crowded streets and get a unique perspective of many of the city’s top attractions.
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Bangkok Royal Road - Top 3 Major Monuments (Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat arun)

Bangkok Royal Road - Top 3 Major Monuments (Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat arun)

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Visit the 3 major monuments of Bangkok in a half a day tour guided by a certified professionnal: - The Grand Palace and the Emerald buddha - Wat Pho Temple - Wat Arun Temple And go through China Town and the flower market in 1 tour only.
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Private Tour: Half-day Grand Palace and Wat Arun by Boat

Private Tour: Half-day Grand Palace and Wat Arun by Boat

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See more of Bangkok on a private half-day tour that features important monuments and a glimpse of daily life along the Thonburi canals. Start early to beat the crowds at the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). After, board a longtail boat for a leisurely cruise through Thonburi, an old neighborhood with lush gardens, traditional wooden houses, and the magnificent Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).
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Private Tour: Best of Bangkok in A Day

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Discover the best that Bangkok has to offer on this full-day private tour of the city. Visit all of the must-see attractions such as the Grand Palace, Chinatown, the vibrant flower market, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and much more. Learn about the city’s rich history, religion, and culture from your informative guide as you drive around Bangkok in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 8 hours
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In and around Bangkok Private Tour Guide with Custom Experience

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Explore Bangkok with your very own tour guide during this full-day tour. Customize your own itinerary and visit Bangkok’s main attractions and some hidden gems. See the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, the floating market and much more and get around using the city’s incredible public transport system. Experience Bangkok like a local and discover the best the city has to offer.
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Halfday Join Shore Landmark Excursion from Bangkok's Khlong Toei Port (7 Hours)

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Explore the thriving Thai city of Bangkok with arts & collections. Thailand’s flourishing capital of Bangkok has a wealth of culture to explore. Enjoy your private day trip (Family friendly) with your dedicated Quality Thai Guide. Pick up from Bangkok's Khlong Toei port where your cruise ship disembarked. Transfer to visit the top famous attractions in Bangkok by private air conditioned vehicle.
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Learn the beautiful Thai culture and history with your personal tour guide. Return to your cruise ship at Bangkok's Khlong Toei port with your tour guide.
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Private Bangkok City Tour Full Day

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See more of Bangkok with a private guide who makes it easy to take in the top attractions of the bustling Thai capital in one day. Skip the confusion of navigating a large unfamiliar city as your guide takes you to the Grand Palace, several famous temples, the historical Chinatown district and more. Includes lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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Bangkok Landmark Shore Excursion from Laem Chabang Port

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Visit the magnificent Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha) and Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple). Enjoy sightseeing on your private canal tour in Bangkok by long tail boat or small boat suit for elderly, view the landmark of Bangkok including Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and many beautiful temples while on the boat. Have an optional lunch at the local restaurant. Learn the beautiful Thai culture and history with your personal tour guide. Return to your cruise ship at Laem Chabang port with your tour guide.
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Bangkok Shore Excursion from Leam Chabang port

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If your ship only docks in Bangkok for a day, you can still see the city's highlights with this private full-day tour. Everything from transfers to sightseeing to lunch is planned in advance for you; all you need to do is enjoy the sights. Listen to guided commentary on Bangkok's ancient history and modern life as you travel, stopping at all the must-see sights.
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The maximum for Bangkok A mix of culture and unmissable sites between Bangkok and its surroundings A full program that will allow you to visit everything there is to see by giving you space for personal activities
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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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Transit passengers who have to wait at Suvarnabhumi or Don Mueang Airport between 6 to 8 hours can take a brief tour of Bangkok and its surrounding provinces. This will be a better way of spending time, sight-seeing while waiting for your flight. To many, it could be the only one stop-over to this city in a very long while. Our delicate tour guide and driver will make it worth for you. Bangkok is a city of angels where happiness is scattered naturally. Our City orientation tours will take you to experience a cultural of amazing Thailand. • Explore Bangkok city during your transit • Palace, Temples, Museum • Bangkok City Sightseeing • Boat trip along the river & canals (Optional) • Shopping • Massage & Spa
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Bangkok Hindu Landmarks, Grand Palace, Temples and City Tour including Lunch

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This full-day tour takes you to many of Bangkok’s most popular sites and is a great choice for first-time visitors. Visit several temples, Buddhas, and shrines including the Grand Palace, and learn about the Hindu presence in Thailand. Other highlights include Chinatown, Little India, and Pak Khlong Talat flower market.
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Private Half-Day Bangkok City Tour with The Grand Palace

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If you're planning a short stay in Bangkok, make the most of your visit with a private tour to the Thai capital’s most important temples and palaces. The sprawling city can be overwhelming to navigate, but a personal driver and guide takes the stress out of getting around so you can easily fit in stops at the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, an amulet market, and other must-see landmarks.
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 Horizon Dinner Cruise by Shangri-La

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Travelers who are looking for a way to relax while sightseeing and enjoying a delicious meal will love this dinner cruise along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River. See some of the city’s most beautiful and distinctive monuments along the river banks from the comfort of your boat, without getting tired and hot walking around them. Eat as much as you like at the international buffet dinner.
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