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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.

Highlights

  • Cruise along the Chao Phraya River admiring the family homes and temples dotted along the waterways
  • Stroll through the grounds of the Grand Palace and have an opportunity to see the most holy and revered Emerald Buddha
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Hotel pickup included (selected hotels only)

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What You Can Expect

Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

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.

Customer Reviews

Reilly N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great trip with a fantastic tour guide. Khun Yelly was very knowledgable and incredibly sweet. She knew all of the good spots for photos, and even took time to teach our kids about everything, to include folding the lotus flowers for offerings. This tour included all of the highlights, and Yelly's expertise helped us navigate the temple entrances with ease. So much better than trying to do it ourselves. And glad we went in the morning, before it got too hot.

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was a great tour. Was picked up on time and taken to the dock for boat cruise. The cruise was interesting in the sense that it showed me the reality of the day-to-day lives that people in Bangkok live. My tour guide was nice and I saw the Temple of the Emerald Buddha as well as the most important rooms in the Grand Palace. Wat Arun was a little steep to climb especially for a person with size 13 shoes going up was fine, but coming down I had to slide down on my butt since that was the most effective way. The tour guide was great at relaying to me the history of Bangkok and the cultural significance of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Overall, not to be missed!

Darryl r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing!

Ken P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was fantastic the canal trip was great our guide was very knowledgeable, about
bangkok and the palace. A must if it is your first time in Bangkok

Charles D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Have taken the tours with Viator while in Italy and this one was as expected, great guide and pickup and dropoff was easy. It was nice to have a personal guide going through the Grand Palace. He stood in line to purchase both tickets to each venue and was very informative. The canal cruise was a nice added touch to arriving at each of the venues. I would definitely recommend this tour. For the Grand Palace, check to make sure that there is no holiday the day after your tour, because they close the palace where the Emerald Buddha is located and we missed seeing it,

Kenneth O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

An exhilarating trip on the canal with some interesting sights. The temples were wonderful, but very crowded although our guide did exceptionally well

Stephen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent historical/cultural trip highlighting the way things used to be. Our guide was excellent. We were a tour of 5 our family so it ended up being a private tour.
Highly recommended tour - value was excellent.

Albert W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very well organised and adapted well to the terriable weather. Unfortunatly due to the weather we could not vist the Wat Arun, this was no big deal as we were soaked and just wanted to get back to the hotel. Other then that we were picked up on time and dropped back to the hotel.

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. There were only three persons on the tour and the guide was both knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. This was our first introduction to Bangkok and along with the sights visited as described we had a tour of the city area as well. Cruising the canals was interesting as this is the side of a city you'd never normally experience. We would highly recommend this tour.

Lisa Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

These were the must see sights of Bangkok. I enjoyed arriving via a wooden long boat that roger Moore had been in. Our guide was excellent and was very informative.

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