Best Bangkok Tour ideas

  • Posted onJuly 11th, 2014

Wat ArunBangkok is without doubt an epic city, and one which nobody ever really has the time to fully explore. Instead you have to decide which neighborhoods, attractions, and features of the city best suit your tastes and plans, and even then you still have a lot of decisions to make, it’s unlikely you’ll still have time to do everything on your bucket list.

One way to experience Bangkok and pack as much in as you can is by taking a tour. Tours are great because they take on a theme or subject and are aimed to show you as much as possible in the time given (without being too chaotic or exhausting). Simply put, a well planned and executed tour is likely to be one of the highlights of your Bangkok stay.

Here are a few tour ideas for you to think about:

Bangkok Temple TourTour Bangkok’s Temples

A trip to Bangkok isn’t complete without visiting a few temples, these iconic buildings are at the centre of Thai culture, and whether you appreciate them for their cultural, historical, or aesthetic qualities, it’s hard not to be wowed when viewing many of them in person.

With so many temples around the city it can be hard to know which ones to prioritize or add to your itinerary. One good idea is to dedicate a whole day to exploring the city’s temples, either by way of an organized tour or by simply planning it yourself.

The Old City is a good place to start and many organized Temple Tours will focus their time here. Within this area of Bangkok you’ll find such iconic temples at Wat Po and the reclining Buddha, the riverside Wat Arun and its superb views of the Chao Phraya, and Wat Trimitr, known as the Temple of the Golden Buddha.

Bangkok Floating MarketTour Bangkok’s Floating Markets

Situated a little outside of the city, the Damnoen Saduak floating markets are a popular tourist attraction best enjoyed as part of an organized tour. The sights, sounds, colors, and smells of these busy waterways are quite a scene, with many small boats, each one crammed with goods for sale, offering a unique insight into age-old Bangkok culture.

By taking an organized tour you can forget about the painful logistics and timings and simply get picked up from your hotel, taken directly to where you need to be. A good floating market tour will also include a ride in a traditional long-tailed boat.

Bangkok kRice BargeBangkok Rice Barge Tour

There are a number of tours set on the Chao Phraya, including some excellent riverboat dinner cruises, but our favorite way to enjoy Bangkok’s stunning riverside scenes is by way of a Rice Barge Tour. What better way to take in the sights and sounds of this historic waterway than on a traditional Thai barge, feasting on a tropical fruit buffet and sipping on cocktails.

Taking around 3 hours, a good rice barge cruise will cruise you past some of Bangkok’s most iconic landmarks, such as Memorial Bridge, The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, and Wat Arun, so make sure your camera battery is fully charged.

Bangkok Cycling TourBangkok Cycling Tour

Cycling tours of Bangkok are notably growing in popularity, and while we wouldn’t recommend renting a bike and cycling aimlessly around this traffic riddled city, joining a safe and organized cycling tour is well recommended.

Cycling allows you to go where no boat, car, or sky train can take you, past temples, ancient buildings, along canals, and to some of the city’s most famous markets. You’ll also get to go off the beaten track, meeting locals and seeing parts of Bangkok which ordinary tourist just don’t get to see.

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