wat arun bangkok thailand

Wat Arun, Bangkok

Aboard a private long-tail boat, we navigate Bangkok's Chao Phraya River for a close-up look at the homes, temples, and everyday life along the river. Our stops include elaborately decorated Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn).

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Bangkok Extension

Discover the Beautiful Cultural Monuments of Bangkok

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $645  
Length: 3 days
Arrive: Bangkok, Thailand
Depart: Bangkok, Thailand
Lodging: 2 nights hotel (First Class or Deluxe option)
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Walking tours, river cruising, and cultural exploration

Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visiting Thailand for stays of 30 days or less.

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

Discover the wealth of beautiful cultural monuments of Bangkok, one of Asia’s most exciting cities. With a private guide, journey by private longtail boat through the winding klongs (waterways) of the Chao Phraya River, then spend the day visiting the city’s ornate and beautiful sites, including Wat Arun, Bangkok’s most well known landmark, the dazzling Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the enormous gold-plated Reclining Buddha, and the vibrant market at Pak Klong Talad, where a vast variety of orchids and colorful flowers are sold.

Detailed Itinerary

Days 1-2
Bangkok City Sights

Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel, with the remainder of the day at leisure. The following day, meet your guide and board a private longtail boat for a ride on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, a fascinating journey through the winding klongs (waterways) that offers a close-up look at everyday life along the river. Visit the Royal Barge Museum, where eight ornately decorated royal barges, used in formal processions, are displayed, then continue to Wat Arun, Bangkok’s most well known landmark. A climb up its steep central tower (taller than a 20-story building) affords river-encompassing views. Continue to the dazzling Grand Palace and visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), with its solid jade image of the Buddha, Throne Hall, State Reception Hall, and Coronation Hall. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll stop at Wat Pho, home to the enormous, 150-foot-long, gold-plated Reclining Buddha, and the wholesale market at Pak Klong Talad, where a vast variety of orchids and colorful flowers are sold. Overnights at hotel...Meals on your own Day 1; BL on Day 2

Day 3
Bangkok / Depart

Morning at leisure until noon check out. Transfer to the Bangkok airport for departure...B

Note: We also offer a 4 day/3 night extension that includes a day trip to Ayutthaya. Please call for details.

Note: For religious reasons, it is recommended that women have their shoulders covered and refrain from wearing shorts or very short skirts. Men should wear trousers and short sleeved shirts. Shoes must be removed before entering the temples.

Extension Cost

Prices valid through Spring 2016

First Class Option (Royal Orchid Sheraton)

$645 per person, double occupancy
Solo Traveler: $1065
Single supplement: $175

Deluxe Option (The Peninsula)

$820 per person, double occupancy
Solo Traveler: $1440
Single supplement: $375

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Services of local English-speaking guide
  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Activities as indicated and entrance fees for activities listed
  • Ground transportation and transfers as indicated

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare; any additional hotel nights that may be needed before or after your extension; airport departure taxes; any meals not specified after each itinerary day; gratuities to local guides, drivers, and transfer agents; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations; visa fees (if applicable); travel insurance; any other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, sodas, laundry, etc.).

Hotels in Bangkok

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Bangkok, Thailand

In Bangkok, we stay at one of the following properties based on choice of accommodation and availability:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.