This was a chance to be James Bond for a morning with the super speedboat. The tour of the Royal Barges was really brought to life as the guide had once been a rower in the Royal Barge procession. The temple was even more interesting as a service was taking place.
Scam alert. I would be doing my fellow travellers a disservice if I did not inform you of our disappointment in this experience for which we paid USD 60 each!
Between 8am and 9am we had to make several phone calls to advise this company that there was no representative waiting to meet our party. The long-tail boat ride was a slow journey through just one klong, with nothing much of interest to recommend it. We were then taken to a Temple which - being under renovation, we decided it was not worth the difficulty in getting out of the long-tail boat in rough water conditions to view. We then proceeded to the Royal Barge Museum. We wandered around ourselves as there was very little commentary from the guide. At no time was water or any other refreshment offered to us.
The whole tour was one and a half hours shorter than expected. Despite complaints the only recompense offered was a free airport transfer to Don Muang.