Bangkok day tours

Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha Temple Tour

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

Highlights

Combining a visit to the illustrious Grand Palace, home to Thailand’s Royal Families throughout past generations, and one of its most magnificent temples, this half-day tour is the perfect introduction to Bangkok. Explore the Royal Pantheon, Coronation Throne Hall and Royal Funeral Hall of the Grand Palace, then witness the famed Emerald Buddha of Wat Phra Kaew. Pay your respects at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, and be awed by the world’s largest golden seated Buddha statue at Wat Traimit.

What to Expect

While the Royal Family doesn’t reside at the Grand Palace today, it has long been the address of Thailand’s kings and queens throughout history. Its opulent structures illustrate a unique blending of both traditional Thai and European architectural styles, making it one of Bangkok’s most visited tourist sights today. Located within the grounds of the Grand Palace is Wat Phra Kaew, considered the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand and home to the highly revered Emerald Buddha.

Your Itinerary

  • Depart from your hotel to the historic district of Rattanakosin Island where Bangkok was first established as the capital more than 200 years ago.
  • After arriving at the Grand Palace complex, your first destination is the sacred temple of Wat Phra Kaew, considered one of the most beautiful in all Thailand for its intricate decorations. Pay your respects to the Emerald Buddha, known locally as Phra Kaew Morakot, which has been intricately carved from a single block of jade.
  • Spend some time exploring the rest of the Grand Palace, originally built in 1782 and added to by successive Royal Families. Its surrounding walls stretch to almost two kilometres, protecting the government offices and royal residences within.
  • From the Grand Palace you will soak up the magnificent temples and impressive architecture along Ratchadumnoen Road, or the Royal Way, passing the National Museum, Democracy Monumnet, Anantasamakhom Palace, Parliament House and Chitlada Palace King’s Residence. Witness the immense Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho, established in the 16th century as Thailand’s first university, and admire the golden seated Buddha of Wat Traimit in Bangkok’s Chinatown district.
  • Return to your hotel of choice.