Lonely Planet Experiences: Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Chao Phraya Canal Cruise - Bangkok

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    MRT Sanam Chai Exit 1, 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
  • Return Details :
    Wat Pho, Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170, Thailand
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy the best highlights of Bangkok on this Grand Palace and River of Kings Canal small group tour. Escape the Bangkok traffic and board a longtail boat for a journey along the canals, enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Wat Pho, see the huge Reclining buddha and stand in awe of the majestic Grand palace.
Important note:All travellers are required to show their passports to enter the Grand palace. If you do not bring your passport, you may be denied entry onto the palace grounds.


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Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

All entrance fees included

Small group ensures personal service

Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Youll begin this Bangkok tour by hopping on a local public bus and heading over to the Grand palace. Strolling through the palace grounds feels like walking through an Asian version of Alice in Wonderland the buildings are so beautiful they almost dont feel real. But bet your bottom dollar, theyre real alright! Your local guide will tell you all about the history behind the Palace and the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat phra kaew. This place is considered to be the spiritual centre of the nation, making it a visit that you cannot afford to miss.

From one beautiful temple to another, youll move on to Wat Po, another temple that is integral to the Buddhist religion in Thailand. Its home to the infamous golden Reclining buddha and is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. This is one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok, and with our local guide to take your through the temples, youll hear all the secret stories and local knowledge about the place.

Youll continue on this tour by walking down to the Chao phraya river, or River of Kings, where youll board a longtail boat. The name of the river perfectly reflects this part of the tour; youll feel like royalty on your relaxing journey down the River of Kings! This is the reason why Bangkok is known as the Venice of the East, and youll explore this nickname further on this Bangkok boat tour as you glide through the network of khlongs, or canals. Many of the khlongs have been filled in over the years and converted into roads. These roads have turned into little Thai communities, and as you swoop through the waters youll discover insights into these little communities. This area of Bangkok feels like a world away from the busy streets and chaos, so this Bangkok canals tour is a welcome break from the bustling city centre!

Your tour will finish up as you glide back into port, from where you can continue to explore or your local guide will be happy to give you directions back to your accommodation. This tour shows you a truly unique side of the city that you wont find on any of the other day tours in Bangkok, and it gives you the opportunity to visit both famous sights and hidden spots, exploring them through the eyes of a local.


Local guide

Longtail boat ride

Entrance fees as indicated

Transport as indicated.

Entry/Admission - Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Entry/Admission - Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Entry/Admission - The Grand Palace


Hotel pickup and drop off

Food and drink

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 6 years

Dress standard: Dress requirements to enter the Grand Palace are very strict. Please ensure you wear dark colored pants or skirts that are ankle length and a dark colored t-shirt, shirt or blouse and covered shoes are suitable. A respectable black or white collared shirt is what the Thais wear. If you are unable to wear black you can pin a black bow tie on your arm which we can source and supply FOC to the passengers. Please note the authorities will likely deny the entire group entry if anyone is not dressed appropriately

Closure of sites: The route of the klong (canal) tour may change depending on the water levels in individual klongs

All travelers are required to show their passports to enter the Grand Palace. Note that if you do not bring your passport on the tour, you may be denied entry onto the palace grounds.

Not wheelchair accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 13-May-2019

    This was not my first trip to Thailand and I have been on plenty of tours so my feedback comes from experience in Thailand. For the price of this tour, Bangkok Grand Palace and River of Kings CanaI Cruise, I expected more. Catching the local bus and walking were fine, but for the high price I am unclear as to why a Tuk-Tuk was not part of the package. Additionally, this tour lacked ‘perks’ I’ve experienced with other tour packages ( that cost less)...cold clothes to cool off with, free water at designated points, and a sampling of local food. They were not mentioned but would have made the tour more complete. There was nothing on this tour that made it especially memorable (with exception of my friendly and personable guide). Tourists-Save yourself the money and take a Tuk-Tuk to the Grand Palace and right next door to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Additionally, you can get a canal cruise (located just opposite the Grand Palace) super cheap. Recommendations for Tour operators: Know you have stiff competition in Bangkok and give your customers an experience! Start with water and a snack!

  • 24-Jul-2018

    Excellent tour. The guide was full of knowledge. Great way to see the best of Bangkok in one day.

  • 06-Apr-2018

    Pam was a great guide and had much knowledge plus very friendly. This is a great way to see the Grand Palace as well as the river and canals.

  • 05-Apr-2018

    Sean was a great guide, very informative and entertaining. We thouroughly enjoyed the tour.

  • 11-Feb-2018

    This tour was amazing!

  • 09-Feb-2018

    Good tour! Great Guide! Thank you Pam !

  • 30-Jan-2018

    This tour covers a lot of ground and is very tiring due to the heat and the crowds. Make sure that you take plenty of water. Our guide was very informative. Make sure that you allow plenty of time to get to the meeting point because of the Bangkok traffic.

  • 21-Jan-2018

    Truly amazing sights , temples and monuments and one of the highlights of our trip

  • 28-Dec-2017

    This tour was so incredible! There were only 3 of us on the tour it was so delightful. This was our first day in Bangkok and it felt like we had a personal tour guide telling us everything we needed to know. The knowledge of the temples were exceptional and overall just a wonderful experience.

  • 25-Nov-2017

    Great Tour

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