• Location: Bangkok, Thailand
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Once your cruise ship docks make the most of your time on this private excursion to the famed Grand Palace. Your Bangkok Ports of Calls tour makes stops at four spectacular Buddhist temples and showcases the best of this city’s religious architecture. Your expert guide will lead you through Wat Phra Kaew, where you’ll get an up close look at the iconic Emerald Buddha. Journey to Wat Traimit, Wat Pho and Wat Benchamabophit, too, on this full-day sightseeing tour, which includes round-trip private transportation and a friendly local guide.

Highlights

  • Full-day private shore excursion of Bangkok’s Grand Palace and temples
  • Explore the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok's most popular attractions
  • Admire the Emerald Buddha, a statue carved from jade
  • See Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the largest Buddha in Bangkok
  • Visit the temple of the Golden Buddha, made of solid gold, and Wat Benchamabophit, the Marble Temple
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour by private vehicle, including commentary and lunch
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Bangkok Shore Excursion: Private Grand Palace and Buddhist Temples Tour

Reclining Buddha in Wat Po Temple in Bangkok

Your Bangkok Shore Excursion Private Grand Palace and Buddhist Temples Tour kicks off at the famed Grand Palace. Your local guide will meet you upon arrival and transport you in air-conditioned comfort to this temple, which was once the official home to the kings of Siam. Enjoy a private tour of this stunning complex, with tours of the Royal Funeral Hall, Royal Coronation Hall and plenty of examples of incredible Buddhist artwork. 

From the Grand Palace, make your way to Wat Phra Kaew—the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. You’ll learn about the most sacred sculpture that was carved from a single piece of jade as your follow your guide on a private tour of the grounds.

Enjoy a traditional local lunch before enjoying a bit of sightseeing. You’ll visit Wat Traimit—where a 12,000 pound (5.5 ton) golden statue of Buddha is held. From there you will pass through Chinatown to Wat Pho. The largest and the oldest temple in Bangkok is home to a famous reclining Buddha that measures 150 feet (46 meters) in length. It is the largest in the city!

Finally, make a stop at Wat Benchamabophit, known as the Marble Temple. This magnificent monastery was constructed using marble imported from Italy and is one of the most ornate exampled of architecture in Bangkok. Once you’ve taken in the sights, your friendly driver and guide will return you to your port and the comfort of your cruise ship.

Customer Reviews

timi c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Manob was a fantastic tour guide. We had a wonderful day in Bangkok. Would highly recommend this tour for a great way to see the city. Manob was friendly, informative, and very funny!!

Mr Bill

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Excellent customized tour for two! Picked up from port on time/Returned to port on time. Guide was fantastic!

Michael R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

First Class. Had a fantastic experience. Tour guide Shimon, i think his name was! and our driver were excellent, very friendly,extremely knowledgeable and made the day something to remember. Highly recommend to all.

Jane N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent tour! Very informative! Vanda was an EXCELLENT guide who loves sharing her country with visitors! She and our Driver were waiting for our group at the port as soon as we got off the ship. We had a 2 hour drive from where our ship ported Laem Chabang to Bangkok, but Vanda made the drive fun and informative along the way. We learned the full name of Bangkok it's real name is the longest name of a city in the world! as well as some of the things we were seeing along the way. : Our fist stop on our tour was the Golden Buddha! Spectacular! Amazing! Beautiful! After we finished there, we were able to add on a longtail boat ride down the Chao Phraya River this is COMPLETELY OPTIONAL and you can pay cash if you choose to do it - I think it was 10 USD or 20 USD per person. If you have the opportunity, add on the longtail boat ride because you get to see the city from the river on your way to the Grand Palace. After our ship docked at a little restaurant, we walked through the restaurant and out to the street which was very close to the Grand Palace. Our next stop was the Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace. Absolutely exquisite! MUST SEE! You cannot take photos of the Emerald Buddha, but it is worth it to see it and the Grand Palace. After this, we went to have lunch at a very tasty restaurant. Vanda ordered the dishes for us, so we were all able to eat family style with the food in the middle of the table and you were able to take as much as you wanted of each dish. There was more than enough food for everyone. There was a bottled water included with the lunch, but you were able to purchase a soft drink, tea, or beer if you chose. Our last stop for the day was the Reclining Buddha - wow...very impressive and very LONG and tall!! Take advantage of the cut out spots to take your photo with the Buddha! At all Temples, you must remove your shoes, so if walking barefoot is an issue, bring a pair of socks. At the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha, both men and women MUST have your shoulder and knees covered. If you do not, they will not let you in...and you can go across the street and purchase a cover to wear while on the Grand Palace grounds. Highly recommend this tour! It was the highlight of my 11 day cruise!!! :

Antony B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We were lucky to have a very experienced guide in Manob. He knew the best spots and how to minimise the effect of the crowds at the busiest sights. He took us to a lovely restaurant. It was a very satisfactory alternative to the on ship tour alternative.

FERNANDO A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Excellent guide Manob I am not sure if is the right spelling, smart, funny. Everything you can expect from a tour guide and more. Perfect day

laurie.ockelford

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Quality Car and Driver with an amazing world class tour guide !!! The guide provided not only detailed information on each venue but a total picture of country,people and lifestyle.

wrightjackie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Our guide Joe was ready and waiting for us as we got off the ship.
We had a fabulous whistle stop day and managed to see more than we could have imagined in the few hours available to us.
We could not have asked for more, we felt like V.I.P'S as we were escorted through the crowds.
Joe was full of local knowledge and made our visit one we will never forget.
It was so much more personal and enjoyable than joining 40 plus people on the coach trip organised by the ship.
If we ever have the pleasure to return we will be contacting victor to arrange our excursions
Two very happy ladies from Liverpool Jackie and Rita

Ken C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent guide who gave an excellent oversight and introduction to sights visits. Readily organised river cruise in addition to planned itinerary at our request . Great choice of restaurant selected for lunch
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Norma G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very good trip, car and guide ready and waiting as we came of the ship. Was definitely a very good way of seeing as much of the sites in one day as the driver dropped us off outside each site and the guide knew all the short cuts and fast tracks to seeing everything and told us everything we wanted to know. It was a real experience! Plus the meal at a restaurant on the banks of the river was very good and good quality. I would highly recommend. We were back at the port in plenty of time.

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