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Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 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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Air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
Local guide
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel drop-off

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please be aware that the pick-up for this tour is included and covers all the hotel located in the following areas: (Silom Road, Thai Cultural Centre, Phaya Thai, Huai Khang, Bang Rak, Sathorn, Surawong Road, Rajdamri Road, Ram Buttri Chana Songkhram, Luangsuan Road, Khaosan Road)
For hotel pick-ups outside of this area, an additional charge may be applied or a closer meeting point pick-up may be suggested to you by our Team upon reception of your booking.

Departure Time

7:10 AM
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)
Wat Arun—stately & iridescent Khmer-style temple
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Grand Palace
A trip to the majestic Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chao Phraya River
Peaceful cruise along the serene Chao Phraya River into Thonburi
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Upper Terrace
Visit the Upper Terrace grand palace
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tour East
Finish tour
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Restroom facilities available
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the unlikely event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • You must provide your hotel details at time of booking, failure to do so may result in cancellation
  • Dress Code: There are strict dress codes for visiting the Grand Palace. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand's most sacred site. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves - no sleeveless tops. If you're wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks (in other words, no bare feet.) Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tour East Thailand
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun.

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star-5
Great trip with a fantastic tour...
Jennifer_N
, Dec 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.
star-5
This was a great tour. Was picked up...
Michael S
, Dec 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!
star-5
Have taken the tours with Viator...
Charles D
, Jun 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,
star-5
This tour was fantastic the canal...
Ken P
, May 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
star-3
The palace was great, but we had a...
DAVID K
, Mar 2016
The palace was great, but we had a real problem understanding our guide's English. The canal cruise part of the tour was OK, but nothing special.
star-3
The guide made us all to wait for...
KARTHIKEYAN J
, Feb 2016
The guide made us all to wait for half an hour in the Palace before taking the entry tickets which he could have arranged earlier to avoid the waiting.
star-5
An exhilarating trip on the canal...
Kenneth O
, Jan 2016
An exhilarating trip on the canal with some interesting sights. The temples were wonderful, but very crowded although our guide did exceptionally well
star-5
Excellent historical/cultural trip...
Stephen G
, Aug 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.
star-5
Very well organised and adapted well...
Albert W
, Apr 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.
star-4
Well organized tour and guide was...
Kieron S
, Aug 2014
Well organized tour and guide was friendly and helpful, although a little more history into the palace tour may have been appreciated as once there we were left on our own to walk around. Only negative as ever was the visit to a gem factory at the end - total waste of time and unnecessary for our group who were not interested. Would have preferred the reclining buddha temple to be incorporated into this instead to make it perfect.

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