Bangkok Shore Excursion: Private Grand Palace and Buddhist Temples Tour - Reviews

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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.


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


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.


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

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.

Carl Andrew C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

A great tour. So much better having a private tour than being herded around by a cruise tour. Our guide Tan was very helpful and knowledgeable and also ensured we were hydrated by handing out cold water at every site.
Really pleased we did this tour.

rosemary m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

our guide was well informed and took us to Bangkok, however it was a long transfer but worth the effort, it would have been a shame to miss the capital city. he showed us all the sights including the grand palace and ensured we arrived back to the ship on time. Enjoyable excursion

Terese H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Great tour! Guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Took pictures of us everywhere!! Took us to a good restaurant for lunch.

Sylvia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Excellent tour, with an excellent guide. They were at the pier waiting for us when our ship docked and got us back, no problem!

Sharyn F

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2015

Guide was a fountain of knowledge in relation to the Grand Palace and temples we saw as well as making sure we were well hydrated with bottles of water and wet towelettes. nice Buffett lunch was included

Diane K

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2015

The guide and driver met us at 8 AM, right on schedule. It was an hour and 1/2 drive into Bangkok, very comfortable car and the driver was careful if fast. The locations were amazing. I loved the Grand Palace and the Reclining Buddha the best but there was so much color and beauty there, that I didn't know what to take pictures of next. Since it was Dec. 31, it was incredibly crowded but still well worth seeing. The lunch was on a moored boat and was fine, not gourmet but not too hot for my tastes plus there was lots of variety.
However, I will say that while the guide obviously loved his city and knew a lot of ways around the crowds, he didn't give us much information. With that long drive to and from the city, there was time to talk about history, culture, etc and he didn't seem to want to talk all that much. Our questions were answered with very short replies. He did seem surprised at how quickly we ate lunch (we didn't want to miss anything) and although he took us to the tourist shop, we didn't want to buy anything there (too expensive and touristy). I would have preferred going through one of the markets to get a flavor of the street life in Bangkok.
I did fall in love with Bangkok and will come back someday and spend a lot more time here. Oh, and we got back in plenty of time so as not to miss the ship.
All in all, although I would have liked more information, I was glad we went.

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