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Half-Day Thonburi Klongs and Grand Palace of Bangkok

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    Chao Phraya River
    Stop: 3 hours -
    Our guide and driver await you in the morning at your hotel lobby at around 7:30am hrs and we will head out in the direction of the Chao Phraya River. Transfer from and to your booked Bangkok hotel is included. Please contact us for pick-up and drop-off conditions for riverside hotels. First, we head towards the Chao Phraya River to board a traditional long-tailed boat to Thonburi, the western part of Bangkok, situated on the right side of the Chao Phraya River. Its many canals had originally given Bangkok the name “Venice of the East.” Passing by boat along the canals gives you a first-hand impression of the scenic life along Bangkok’s waterways. Passing impressive sights such as the Royal Barges Museum and the Wat Arun from the water are an amazing site. The name of Wat Arun literary means "Temple of the Dawn", but the most beautiful view of it can be seen from the east side of the river at sunset. The Grand Palace is the “must see” attraction in Bangkok. It is an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colourful mosaics. Previously the residence of past Kings of Thailand, you will see palaces once used for different occasions; the Reception Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Throne Hall, the Royal Guest House and Wat Phra Kaew. The architecture is predominantly Thai, though there are some European influences. The palace served as the official residence of kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The most famous building within the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew and this is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha houses in the main temple building, it is carved from a single piece of jade and is the most revered object in Thailand. After this visit, we drive you back to your hotel in Bangkok at approximately 12:30pm.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick-up from your riverside hotels located in Bangkok city center.
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    5h 30m
    Return Details
    Centrally located Bangkok hotels
    • A professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request
    • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description
    • All applicable taxes and service charges
    • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees
    • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
    • Any airline tickets,Visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point.
    • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • This tour is operated both on private basis as well as on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis. Joint tours are operated with an English-speaking guide only.
    • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Bangkok areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Khao San Road, Rattanakosin, Nonthaburi, Thonburi, Minburi, both International Airports, Ratchadapisek and upper Sukhumvit (Soi 55 and further) are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
    • For all riverside excursions (river cruises, lunch and dinner cruises, long tail boat tours and other water-based tour options), restrictions on transfers from and to booked riverside accommodation along the Chao Phraya River are applicable. Customers are requested to make it to their nearest pick-up point in the downtown Bangkok area.
    • Royal temples and palaces uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees. Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance regulations set by the Port Authority of Thailand, we are unable to pick-up and drop off customers from main cruise ports such as the Klong Toey Cruise Terminal in Bangkok. Special permits are required to enter the cruise terminal premises.
    • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
    • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
    • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
    • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power; We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
    • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
    • River-based excursions may not be operated during certain Thai celebrations and royal events.
    • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
    • The Grand Palace will be closed at noon and the Chapel of the Emerald Buddha will be closed all day on 28 November 2019
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    • English
    Did a morning tour last week. Tuk Tuk our tour guide was fantastic. Her English was good and she provided a wealth of knowledge. We even had a few other tourists at times listening in on what she saying. Tuk Tuk was very attentive and our morning ran very smoothly. Would
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    By: Asian Trails (Thailand)
    370 reviews
    Lake Forest Park, Washington
    Pleasant way to spend a couple of hours
    This is the second time we have done this tour. The boat ride is quiet and peaceful. Lunch is delicious- khao soi
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    Jeannie M
    Mableton, Georgia
    Highly Recommend
    There are a lot of choices when you want to do this in Bangkok. We were so glad we picked this small, intimate
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    Half day on ping river boat with lunch
    Well it was only a couple of hours, and our trip was from 3 pm so you couldn’t call it lunch and we were back by
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    A Different Perspective
    A very enjoyable boat ride up river and seeing the city fade into the rural areas north of Chiang Mai. Delicious
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    A trip worthwhile
    There are a lot of bad reviews about this. Yes they try to sell you things, and yes they hook your boat but you
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    Good way to beat the crowds!
    Scheduled a private, half-day tour, with hotel pick up. They were prompt, courteous and well informed. The guide
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    Elise Christine L
    Not worth the price
    We did the dinner cruise. The food was good, but it was nothing special compared to the other food we tried in the
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    Beautiful dinner experience on the rice barge!
    It’s like cruising as a king! Beautiful views of Bangkok seen in a peaceful and leisurely manner. Excellent food
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    Cincinnati, Ohio
    We toured the Grand Palace as part of a private tour. It is beautiful and ornate. It can be very crowded and very
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    Franklinton, North Carolina
    Very friendly and very professional The tour guy knows what he is doing and we enjoyed our tour in Thailand. We
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    Well intentioned
    We found the tour guide to be well intentioned but with low English speaking ability. While we enjoyed the tour
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    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Very nice little trip
    The boat ride was very calm and nice. The operator was a very nice guy. Caring and quite knowledgeable. He would
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    Worth every penny
    Was there yesterday with my gf. Amazing and authentic Thai food ala fine dining. Minimal seatings on the boat made
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    Denver, Colorado
    Fun place, worth checking out, plenty of photo ops too
    I enjoyed this market alot, you go there, get in a boat and tool around the area, you can stop, shop and even buy
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    The grand palace
    Best time to visit is in the morning because the entrance fee of 500 baht are inclusive of 3 events. First
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    • Duration: 5h 30m
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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    • Languages Offered: English, German
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