We begin our Bangkok tour by riding a local public bus to The Grand Palace Complex. Built in 1782 in time for the coronation of King Rama I, the Grand Palace served as the official residence of the King of Siam, the Royal Court and administrative seat of government until the early 1900s. Despite no longer being the official residence of the king, the Grand Palace is still very much the spiritual centre of the nation and used for various ceremonies during the year. Included in the trip will be a visit to Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the revered Emerald Buddha. Our local guide will take us through the grounds of the palace providing a fascinating insight into this majestic place.
After that we walk to the nearby magnificent temple Wat Po which derives its name from the original Wat Potaram, in 1801 the temple was renamed Wat Phra Chetuphon. The temple is the centre of the Buddhist religion in Thailand, the country’s first university, and is still a centre of learning for traditional Thai massage and medicines. Founded in the 17th century, Wat Po is the oldest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Our guide will take us on a tour through the temple complex.
We continue the tour by walking down to the Chao Praya River (meaning River of Kings), where we board a long tail boat for a journey along the river and into the khlongs (canals) of Bangkok. In centuries past, Bangkok was often referred to as the "Venice of the East" with a vast network of khlongs through the city which were utilised as a transport network.
With the passage of time many of these khlongs have been filled in and converted to roads for more modern forms of transport. In the Thonburi area of Bangkok many of the khlongs survive, and this boat trip will provide you with an insight into the lives of people who live along the khlongs, which seems a world away from the chaotic streets of Bangkok.
At the end of our walking tour in Bangkok you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.
Please ensure your knees and shoulders are covered as this day tour may visit religious sites. You will also require shoes that have a closed heel to visit the Grand Palace.