Essential Bangkok tour

This is designed for small groups, families with young children, couples, friends or solo travelers who are visiting Bangkok for the first time. As a warm welcome trip to Bangkok, this itinerary brings you to all the highlighted gems of Bangkok that you shouldn’t miss such as Buddhist temples, Royal Palace, rivers & canals, and authentic Thai foods. After you finish this tour, you will know Thais very well and no doubt why Thailand internationally is known as the ‘Land of smile’ people.

Duration Tour: 8 hours   

Transportation: Public Transportation or Private Van

Recommend time: 7.30am-3.30pm (Flexible time)  


(Estimate driving distance 30 – 50 minutes from your hotel to temples, depend on your hotel location and traffic in Bangkok)

1) The Royal Grand Palace TripAdvisor Reviews

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& 2) The Emerald Buddha Temple TripAdvisor Reviews: Visit the current kingdom of Thailand where all Thai kings have used this palace to rule the country in ‘Absolute Monarchy’ during 1782-1932 and also used to be the private residence of the Kings and Royal families. Inside the Grand Palace, there is the most beautiful temple in Thailand ‘The Emerald Buddha Temple’ where is the most highly respected Buddha image for Thais called ‘The Emerald Buddha’.

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3) The Reclining Buddha Temple ‘Wat Pho’ TripAdvisor Reviews : Visit the most beautiful Reclining Buddha image in Thailand. This temple is also regarded as the first public university in Thailand where the prescriptions of Thai traditional massage techniques are taught even to the present day. 

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4) The Temple of Dawn ‘Wat Arun’ TripAdvisor Reviews : Climbing up on the tower to the beautiful ‘Chaopraya River’ and ‘The Grand Palace’ at the other side of the river view. This temple was the previous kingdom of Thailand before The Grand Palace in 1676 – 1782. The ‘Prang – corncob shape tower’ is decorated by porcelain od 67 meters tall. 


5) Canal tour TripAdvisor Reviews : Take a long tail speed boat along the original Chaophraya River, well known to be the “Venice of the East”. You will see and experience local Thai-style houses, spirit houses and lifestyle of people living nearby the canal and river.

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**You will also have the choice to select one option of the following places in this itinerary**

6.1) Flower Market ‘Pak Klong Talat’ TripAdvisor Reviews : Visit the biggest wholesale flower market in Thailand. You will see many different types of flowers and a variety of colors such as marigolds, orchids, roses, jasmine flowers and etc. Thais use these flowers as a daily offering to Buddhist & Hindu temples, spirit houses. Also, these flowers are often exported to many countries in the western world. 

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6.2) The Golden Mountain Temple ‘Wat Saket’  TripAdvisor Reviews : Visit the famous temple on the man-made mountain. This temple is located at 100 meters / 300 feet tall with easy 344 steps where you can climb up to see the contrast views of new Bangkok VS the old Bangkok. 

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6.3) Chinatown TripAdvisor Reviews : Visit Chinatown in Bangkok.  More than 14% of the Thai population is of Thai-Chinese decent. Visit the oldest part of Chinatown ‘Old Market’ where you can see a local Thai-Chinese market with hundreds of various ingredients for cooking authentic Thai-Chinese foods. 

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6.4) Wat Traimit ‘The Golden Buddha Temple’ TripAdvisor Reviews : Visit the famous over 600 years old of Gold Buddha image statue; 5.5 tons of gold with a big value of US$1,400 per troy ounce, and estimated to be worth 250 million dollars.

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(Estimate driving distance 30 – 50 minutes to your select places depend on location and traffic in Bangkok. Below are the details)

After finish the tour, the driver and I can drop you at the various different places in Bangkok, depend on where you would like to continue your own activities. We would happy to drop you at your request places located in Bangkok or these most request places; below are suggestion places and other details’)

Option 1) Drop off at your hotel.

Option 2) Jim Thompson House  TripAdvisor Reviews : (Optional) Jim Thompson house is a perfect indoor place for you, not only for silk lovers, but it’s a great place for who is looking to learn and see about Thai house and Thai living style. Jim Thompson was the American Businessman who moved and lived in Thailand after the world war II, he made Thai silk industry become well known to worldwide, what made his story became famous because of once he traveled to Malaysia and he just disappeared, and no one cannot find his body which it’s quite mystery story until today. The Jim Thompson House is open every day at 9 am – 6 pm. There are many English speaking guides provided by Jim Thompson House, the guide will explain the story about Jim Thompson, Thai living style, Thai decoration inside beautiful 2 storey teak wood house which used to own by Jim Thompson etc. The tour is joining group of 10-15 persons for 40 minutes tour around the beautiful teak wood house. The ticket fee is 150 Baht per person include English speaking guide.

  • If you would like to continue the tour to Jim Thompson House, there is overtime extra charged for tour guide and driver; below are the details.
  • If you want to only drop off, after visit Jim Thompson House, you can easy to take(From Skytrain: National Stadium Station or taxi) back to your hotel very easily. On tour, I will explain to you how to get back to your hotel by using public transportation. 

Option 3) MBK Mall TripAdvisor Reviews : (Optional) One of the most famous biggest 7 storey air-con shopping mall for Thais and tourists where is open every day at 10am-10pm. This mall is very popular for tourists who are looking for Thai souvenirs (the 3rd floor) where there are many options, reasonable prices and enjoyable in air-con for shopping, this mall also has knockoff brand name products such as bags, watches or etc.

  • If you would like to continue the tour to ‘MBK mall’, there is overtime extra charged for tour guide and driver; below are the details.
  • If you want to only drop off, after your own shopping at MBK mall you can easy to take (From Skytrain: National Stadium Station, or taxi) back to your hotel very easily. On tour, I will explain to you how to get back to your hotel by using public transportation. 

Option 4) ‘Chatuchak’ Weekend Market  TripAdvisor Reviews : (Optional) Weekend Market where is opened only on Saturday and Sunday at 9am-7pm. This biggest market is one of the most destination open-air shopping market for Thais and tourists who are looking for local Thai souvenirs and shopping. There are more than 8000 Shops where you can select many types of souvenir products with many options and reasonable price ranges. I highly recommend this market as it’s my favorite shopping [place in Bangkok if your tour in Bangkok is on the weekend (Sat-Sun)

  • If you would like to continue the tour to ‘Chatuchak’ weekend market, there is overtime extra charged for tour guide and driver; below are the details.
  • If you want to only drop off, after your own shopping you can easy to take (From Skytrain: Mochit Station, subway: Kamphaeng Phet Station or taxi) back to your hotel very easily. On tour, I will explain to you how to get back to your hotel by using public transportation. 
Public Transportation in Bangkok
Public Transportation in Bangkok

Using Public Transportation on tour:

          This tour uses public transportation with a walking distance of approximately 10 – 12 kilometers or 6 – 8 miles on tour. The boat riding takes approximately time 40-60 minutes. It is suitable for fit, active and strong persons who are able to walk in a hot climate and high humidity all day. The average temperatures in Bangkok during the daytime 31-37C / 91-97F and Humidity 70-90%. Using public transportation is very fast and very convenience in Bangkok. There are many options for public transportation in Bangkok such as taxi’s, riverboats, buses, tuk tuk’s, BTS Sky-Train, MRT (subway) and more. I will find the most suitable way to travel in Bangkok (based on your hotel location) during your tour to avoid traffic jams and maximize your time on the tour as much as possible.

Private van
Private van

Using a private van with air-conditioning on tour:

     The private commuter van is highly recommended for an easy and relaxing way to travel around Bangkok. It’s very comfortable with air-conditioning to keep you cool in Bangkok’s high temperatures and high humidity. Average temps in Bangkok 29-38C/85-100F with high humidity 70-90%. We will provide all refreshments such as cold waters, cold towels, and umbrellas on all trips.

     This Tour uses an Air-Conditioned Minivan for easy transportation. This is suitable for large groups of friends or families with young children who may not get used to continually walk with the high temperatures and high humidity in Bangkok. Anyone who is unable to walk long distances on tour and also for those who might be tired from jetlag or long flights the day before your tour begins.

    On tour, the approximate walking distance to anticipate is 6 – 8 kilometers / 4 – 5 miles on tour. The boat riding takes approximately time 40-60 minutes.

Private Tour – Price per person in THB
Pax Public Transportation Private Van
1  6800  9800
2 4100 5100
3 3300 4000
4 n/a 3600
5 n/a 3200
6 n/a 3000
  • Child price: In Thailand, child entry is based on height, not age. The height below 120 Cm. / 4 Ft. is considered as a child (free) entry in all Palaces and Temples. On tour, the fee will be charged at the adult price for all child is taller than 120 Cm/ 4 Ft. Please confirm how many of your child’s height below 120 Cm/ 4 Ft. and I will send you the correct summarize, price details etc. of your request itineraries again.
  • For the group size is larger than 6 persons, please contact me

 Included :

1) All temple ticket fees

  • The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • The Reclining Buddha Temple ‘Wat Pho’
  • The Temple of Dawn ‘Wat Arun’

2) Activity

  • Long tail speed boat for canal tour in Bangkok for 40-60 minutes depending on the waves and numbers of the boats in the canal

3) Your selection vehicle;

  • 3.1) Public transportation – There are many options for public transportation in Bangkok such as taxi’s, tuk tuk’s, riverboats, Sky-Train, Subway etc. I will find the most suitable way to travel in Bangkok (based on your hotel location) to avoid traffic jams and maximize your time on the tour as much as possible.
  • 3.2) Private Van Commuter: Air-Conditioned with professional licensed driver  + Refreshments (cold waters and cold towels) + Fuel + Tolls + Parking fees

4) Licensed English Speaking Guide (I will pick you up/drop off at your hotel or your request places in Bangkok)

5) Travel accident insurance

 Not Included :

1) Lunch per person costs approximately 80-150 THB  for local street foods or 200-300 THB for restaurants.

2) (If the tour takes longer than 8 hours) Overtime after 8 hours for the tour guide is 500 THB per hour per group.

3) Pick up or/and drop off at the airports or hotels around Donmuang Airport (DMK) or Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Please click here for more details

Remark :

  • Occasionally, Some buildings in the Emerald Buddha Temple or the Royal Grand Palace will be closed for special ceremonies of the Royal Families without notice. You will be able to see the decoration outside Throne Halls.

Please click here for more details, example photos of dress code to visit

The Grand Palace and The Emerald Buddha Temple and other Buddhist Temples

Terms & Conditions :

  • The deposit is 100 USD per group. The deposit is non-refundable. The balance expenses will calculate in the confirmation details and sent to you.
  • The list on the itinerary is 8 hours tour standard charged. If your tour is not finished within 8 hours, still the same charge.
  • This is pre-planned tour: If you decide to end the tour early or skip some of the activities, the tour rate remains the same, as this is a pre-planned guided tour.

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