Bangkok day tours

Bangkok City & Temples Tour (Afternoon)

  • Afternoon Tour
  • City Tour
  • Half-day Tour
  • Private Tour
  • Sightseeing Tour

Highlights

Uncover four of Bangkok’s most sacred temples on this half-day tour, visiting the huge Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho, the towering prang of Wat Arun, beautiful Wat Benchamabophit and the gold seated Buddha of Wat Traimit.

What to Expect

While Bangkok is a vibrant modern city, it’s also scattered with ancient temples exhibiting opulent Buddhist architecture and inspiring golden statues. Stretching 150-feet, the gold-plated Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho is one of Bangkok’s most impressive sights, with its eyes and feet inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Wat Arun, or the ‘Temple of Dawn’, lies opposite on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River and features a distinctly unique design in its colourfully decorated spires. The ‘Marble Temple’ of Wat Benchamabophit is renowned for its classical proportions and European influences in its use of Carrara marble and elegant stained-glass windows. Wat Traimit on the edge of Chinatown houses the world’s largest golden seated Buddha, stretching nearly five metres in height and weighing in at around five and a half tonnes.

Your Itinerary

  • Depart from your hotel to the historic district of Rattanakosin Island where Bangkok was first established as the Thai capital more than 200 years ago. Your first stop is Wat Traimit where you will witness its famous Golden Buddha, meticulously crafted in gold by local artisans, before being covered in plaster and stucco to protect it from invading armies.
  • From Wat Traimit, your tour will continue through the colourful flower markets and vibrant streets of Chinatown, renowned for its gold jewellery shops. By night it transforms into a gastronomic heaven, with food stalls lining the pavement and the scent of Thai-Chinese food infusing the air.

    Your second stop is at Wat Pho, the ‘Temple of the Reclining Buddha’, established in the 16th century as the first open university in Thailand. It was once renowned for teaching literature, astrology, medicine and massage, with the latter still on offer today within its peaceful surrounds. But most come for a glimpse of its immense Reclining Buddha which stretches 46 metres long and stands 15 metres tall.
    Just across the river lies the distinct Khmer-style prang of Wat Arun from where outstanding views across the city of Bangkok are on offer.

  • Continue to the ‘Marble Temple’ at Wat Benchamabopit, built in the late 19th century to complement nearby Dusit Palace. Its multi-tiered roofs and elegant gold carvings are an inspiring example of the Bangkok architectural style, with its main chapel built of white Carrara marble to house the Buddha image of Phra Phutthachinarat.

    From Wat Benchamabopit you will travel along the Royal Way, passing magnificent temples and architecture of note, including the City Pillar Shrine, National Museum, Democracy Monument, Golden Mountain, Thai Boxing Stadium, Anantasamakhom Palace, Parliament House, Dusit Zoo and Chitlada Palace King’s Residence.

  • Arrive back at your hotel of choice.