Board a public boat at Saphan Thaksin on Chao Praya River, the river of Kings, and get down at Tha Chang pier.
1) Visit the Flower Market and farmer market.
Pak Khlong Talat is one of the biggest flower markets in the world and the most important local wholesale market for vegetables and fruits.
It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The stroll between the scent of colourful exotic flowers, garlands, wreaths, bouquets and through old buildings nearby the river is a not-to-be-missed experience in Bangkok.
In about a 30 min. walk we reach…
2) …Wat Po. First Class Grade Royal Monastery, is located south of the Grand Palace. First Open University in Thailand and centre of Traditional Thai Massage.
Visit Wat Po, also known as the temple of the Reclining Buddha, a monumental 46 m long and 15 m high stunning gilded image representing the passing of Buddha into Nirvana.
Its soles, of mother of pearl inlay, show 108 auspicious signs of the Buddha.
The Wat Po house 1.440 inscriptions-recounting medicine, botany, science, astrology and history of Siam-registered from UNESCO as memory of the world.
Duration: 1 hour.
Entrance Fee: 200 THB
After the visit heading to Tha Tien pier and...
3) Take a ferry boat to Wat Arun, the temple of Dawn, on the West bank of Chao Phraya River.
Named after the Indian god of dawn, Aruna, the temple is located along the Chao Praya River on the Thonburi side.
Its magnificent and famous worldwide prang (Khmer style tower) symbolises the Mount Meru of the Hindu cosmology, terrestrial representation of the 33 heavens.
The prang is decorated with a mosaic of porcelain used by Chinese ships as ballast and is surrounded by four smaller prangs.
Entrance Fee: 100 THB
Duration: 30 minutes.
Take the ferry back to Ta Thien pier.
Take a tuk-tuk to the Grand Palace.
4) Visit the Grand Palace and Royal Temple Wat Phra Kaew.
4) Take a tuk-tuk and Visit the Grand Palace (entrance fee 500 THB). The Grand Palace and Royal Temple Wat Phra Kaew.
Built in 1782 by King Rama I close to the Chao Praya River after the capital was moved from Thonburi to Bangkok as a residence and offices for the Royal Family.
Within The Grand Palace compound, that covers an area of 218,000 square metres with a complex of buildings and Thai art, is the Royal Temple Wat Phra Kaew that houses the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.
In the cloister of Wat Phra Kaew, walls are painted with murals depicting the story of Thai classic literature Ramakien (derived from the Indian epic Ramayana) that has had a great influence on Thai art, dance, drama, sculpture and literature.
Presently The Grand Palace is only used for some state functions and in certain ceremonial occasions such as Coronation Day.
Entrance Fee: 500 THB
Duration: 1 hour.
Tour ends back to Tathien pier after the Grand Palace visit for those who are not interested in the canal tour.
Tour that includes canals Tour (optional):
After the Grand Palace visit: go back to Tathien for lunch. Lunch time at a local restaurant in Thatien (in front of Wat Po).
(Average price 100 THB with water).
After lunch: board a long tail boat for the Thonburi canals tour…
5) A charming glance into the past: board on a long-tail boat for a tour along the river banks and canals (klongs) of Chao Prhaya.
Explore the canals of the Thonburi area by long-tail boat.
“Bangkok Venice of the East”: some of the most traditional parts of Bangkok are on this side of the river, where daily life still revolves around the canals.
Unforgettable daily life scenery directly from the past: teak private houses built on stilts and rural houses, porches overlooking the canals, wooden boats paddled along canals, temples, children swimming, men fishing…
Just across the other bank of the river, Bangkok metropolis with its skyscrapers, sky bars and restaurants, cars, traffic, sky train and glamour modernity is a jump through the centuries ahead from here.
Don’t miss the canal tour if you don’t want to miss a whole picture of Bangkok.
Itinerary: Klong Bangkok Yai - Klong Bangluang - Klong Mon - Klong Chakpra - Talingchan - Klong Bangkok Noi
(Klong means canal in thai language)
Duration: 1 hour.
6) After the canal tour: board a public boat back to Saphan Thaksin where the tour ends.