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

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Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand
Lonely Planet Experiences: Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Chao Phraya Canal Cruise

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Board a longtail boat for a journey along the Chao Phraya River (River of Kings) and explore the canals of Bangkok. Your half-day tour includes cultural highlights of the Thai capital such as the majestic Grand Palace where you can view the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew. You also visit Wat Pho, a temple that houses the Reclining Buddha. Numbers are limited to 12 for a small-group experience.
  • Explore the canals and the inspiring temples of Bangkok on this majestic tour
  • Visit the Grand Palace and see the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
  • Travel by longtail boat through the canals of Bangkok, also known as the 'Venice of the East'
  • Enjoy an intimate experience with a small group limited to 12 people
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Local English Speaking Guide
Longtail boat ride
Entrance fees as indicated
Transport as indicated.
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Departure Point

ไทย 普桥 ถนน พระปกเกล้า Khwaeng Somdet Chao Phraya, Khet Khlong San, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand

Inside Sanam Chai MRT station at the bottom of the escalators of Exit 1 (Museum Siam). If you come by taxi please enter the MRT station in the grounds of Museum Siam and go down 2 sets of escalators.

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Wat Pho, Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170, Thailand

Wat Pho

After meeting your guide, head to the Grand Palace, which formerly served as the official residence of the King of Siam. Follow your guide on foot through the complex, built in 1782, and stand in awe before the revered Emerald Buddha—Thailand’s holiest religious statue carved from jade—housed in Wat Phra Kaew.

Next up is a longtail boat for a trip down the Chao Phraya River, translated as the River of Kings. Explore the khlongs (canals) of Bangkok and get a glimpse into the past as you learn about what was once a vast network providing transport throughout the city once known as the 'Venice of the East.’

Continue on to Wat Pho for a guided tour of this impressive temple complex. Home to the Reclining Buddha, the largest reclining Buddha image in Bangkok, Wat Pho was the country’s first public university and still functions as a center of learning for traditional Thai massage and medicines.

From here, you can continue exploring on your own or your guide can assist you in getting a taxi or public transport back to your hotel.
Stop At:  
Sanam Chai
Forget your guidebook — the real stuff comes from the mouths of the locals! Explore some famous landmarks as well as hidden gems on this Bangkok day tour that takes you through the city by boat and on foot.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chao Phraya River
You’ll begin this Bangkok tour by walking to the pier, where you’ll board a longtail boat down the Chao Phraya River, also known as the River of Kings. The name of the river perfectly reflects this part of the tour; you’ll feel like royalty on your relaxing journey! This river is also the reason why Bangkok is known as the ‘Venice of the East,’ and you’ll explore this nickname further 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 you’ll discover insights into these neighbourhoods. This area of Bangkok feels like a world away from the busy streets and chaos, and a welcome break from the bustling city centre!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Grand Palace
You’ll continue by 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 don’t feel real. But bet your bottom dollar, they’re 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.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho)
From one beautiful temple to another, you’ll move on to Wat Pho, another temple that is integral to the Buddhist religion in Thailand. It’s home to the famous 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, you’ll hear all the secret stories and local knowledge about the place. Your tour will finish up at Wat Pho, 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 won’t 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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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 your clothes cover your shoulders and waist (scarves or shawls worn over sleeveless tops are not permitted). Trousers must be ankle-length, and skirts below the knee. Please do not wear ripped, torn or see-through clothes or items that are very tight fitting such as yoga pants or leggings. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot and humid Bangkok climate.
  • Closure of sites: The order of touring and route of the khlong (canal) tour may change depending on the water levels in the river and individual khlongs.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: This tour hires local longtail boatmen who own their own boats directly. These boatmen rely on tourism to supplement their income as modern transport routes mean fewer locals need to use their boats.
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the social distancing policy during Lonely Planet Experiences: Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Chao Phraya Canal Cruise?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Chao Phraya Canal Cruise.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lonely Planet Experiences: Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Chao Phraya Canal Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Grand palace tour
, Mar 2020
Our guide A was very informative and interacted with us the whole time. Very helpful as i have a bad knee and was most concerned with our safety at all times. Lots of fun. An excellent guide we would recommend him as a guide for anyone
Great way to see Bangkok’s highlights in 1/2 day
, Nov 2019
Overall, I enjoyed the tour and especially the canal cruise. I wish the local tour guide gave more time for photos though
, May 2019
This was not my first trip to Thailand & I have been on plenty of tours so my feedback comes from experience in Thailand. For the price of this tour, Bangkok Grand Palace & River of Kings CanaI Cruise, I expected more. Catching the local bus & 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 & personable guide). Tourists-Save yourself the money & take a Tuk-Tuk to the Grand Palace & 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 & give your customers an experience! Start with water & a snack!
Excellent tour. The guide was full...
Marti A
, Jul 2018
Excellent tour. The guide was full of knowledge. Great way to see the best of Bangkok in one day.
Pam was a great guide and had much...
David H
, 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.
Sean was a great guide, very...
, Apr 2018
Sean was a great guide, very informative and entertaining. We thouroughly enjoyed the tour.
This tour covers a lot of ground and...
Brian H
, 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.
Truly amazing sights , temples and...
, Jan 2018
Truly amazing sights , temples and monuments and one of the highlights of our trip
This tour was so incredible! There...
, 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.
This was a good choice for us. We...
Bruce K
, Jan 2017
This was a good choice for us. We were only four people and the guide was excellent. She took us in to the temples without waiting and it was better to not be part of a huge group. The boat trip was nothing too special really - we didn't go into any little canals or see anything that looked traditional or old - just a big canal with some hungry fish swimming around waiting for the next tourist boat to show up with more food. I would have preferred going to see something else.

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