The Bangkok canal tour is perfect introduction to the daily rituals, Buddhist temples and cultural monuments that form the heart of this Southeast Asian capital. Start your Bangkok canal tour with pick-up from most centrally-located hotels, after which you’ll meet the other participants at a central departure point.
Your cruising tour begins with a riverside stop at Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of the Dawn, perhaps the most famous of Bangkok’s many Buddhist temples and monasteries. Many visitors remark that the temple gives off a sublime iridescent glow as it reflects the early morning sunlight.
Hop back on your river boat as you make your way to the next stop, using the transit time to observe daily life on the Bangkok river system that some describe as the “Venice of the East.” Check out the cozy wood houses lining the intricate network of canals, and watch Thai locals as they ferry a cornucopia of goods like rice along the waterway.
Your next stop is at the Thai capital’s Grand Palace complex. Meander through the Palace’s stunning grounds, admiring the intricate gold-covered buildings that dot the complex, and visit the temple housing the sacred Emerald Buddha, carved from a single piece of jade. Conclude your river excursion at Bangkok’s Gems Gallery, one of the world’s largest jewelry shopping centers, where you can shop for exquisite custom made items.