Explore Bangkok’s Waterways

Explore Bangkok’s
Waterways

For customers staying at a riverside hotel, a get-to-know the Bangkok waterways experience starts
and ends right at the hotel’s own boat pier. Admire Bangkok’s amazing landmarks such as
the Grand Palace and Wat Arun from the comfort of a long tail boat.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Bangkok would not be the city as it is now without the Chao Phraya River. Like an aorta, it is the lifeline for various aspects of the capital’s infrastructure, businesses, and a key source to get to know the city from its surface. From sunrise to way after sunset, the river is brimming with water-based traffic, fast-moving long tail boats and a plethora of shuttle services and water taxis moving from river bank to river bank.

New perspectives for those guests who have opted for a riverside hotel are packed together in a fun-filled boat journey, passing landmarks and monuments without disembarking. A more complete view of Bangkok from the river has yet to be invented.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Explore Bangkok’s Waterways

07:30 - 12:30

Our guide and your own private await you in the morning at the riverside’s boat pier at around 7:30 am and we will sail over the Chao Phraya River to catch a morning glimpse of life from the water. We first head towards 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 (closed for visits until end 2019) 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 an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colorful mosaics. Previously the residence of past Kings of Thailand, you will see from the water (view only, no visit included) once used for different occasions; the Reception Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Throne Hall, the Royal Guest House and Wat Phra Kaew. 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. Construction of the temple began when King Rama I moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1785. In the main temple building houses the Emerald Buddha; carved from a single piece of jade, it is the most revered object in Thailand.

After this waterways exploration, we use our long tail boat to bring you back to the hotel pier of your hotel along the River of Kings approximately 12:30 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by private long boat
  • All entrance and donation fees as outlined in the program
  • Pick-up and drop-off from a booked riverside hotel along the Chao Phraya River
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description

EXCLUSIONS

  • Return transfers from / to your booked accommodation from / to the indicated meeting point along the Chao Phraya River. Should you wish to include transfers, supplements apply.
  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide and applicable for guests staying overnight at one of Bangkok’s riverside hotels only. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • During this excursion, guests will be traveling by boat only; no land transportation is included during this morning.
  • This excursion does not include return transfers from and to your booked accommodation in Bangkok, not located along the river. Customers are requested to get to the meeting point well ahead in time of the starting time on own arrangement. Should customers prefer to have a pre-arranged transfer included, supplements apply.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This excursion is only operated in the morning.

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