The Landmark of Bangkok Tour – Meet your guide at the hotel lobby and drive along the street to Bangkok inner city circle of Rattanakosin Island. First, visit Wat Traimit, famous for its world’s largest Golden Buddha image, 10 feet high and weighs more than 5 tons of solid gold. The origin of the Golden Buddha can be traced back to Sukhothai period in 12-13th century.
At Tha Tien, take a picturesque boat ride across the Chao Phraya River to visit Wat Arun, known as the Temple of Dawn. With its magnificent 79 meter high pagoda-style monument, situated just beside the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun serves as one of the most outstanding landmarks in Bangkok with spectacular view from the surrounding.
Cross the river back to the opposite side, visit Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the oldest and biggest temple in Bangkok with many amazing sculptures and inscription. It is famous for housing the most beautiful Reclining Buddha or Phra Buddhasaiyas, with 46 meters in length and 15 meters in height. The two soles of this Buddha image are inlaid with 108 auspicious mother-of-pearl that represents 108 different characters of Lord Buddha.
Located just besides Wat Pho is the Royal Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha. Inside the palace is Wat Prakaew, the most beautiful and significant temple in Thailand with intricate design and decoration. Pay respect to the highly revered Buddha image – the Emerald Buddha or Phra Kaew Morakot. Nearby walk to the Grand Palace where you can see many magnificent royal buildings and atmosphere.
Lunch at a local Thai restaurant.
Continue the tour to the Vimanmek Palace or Mansion, once a former royal residence built in 1900 by King Rama V, and believed to be the world’s largest teak-wood palace with elaborate architectural style and serves as a showcase for Thai national heritage 31 exhibit rooms covering the throne hall, the royal bedrooms and bathrooms. There are numerous displays of Thai arts such as ivory, silverware, crystall and ceramics.
Further on to Wat Intharaviharn, famous for its most gigantic standing Buddha image of 32 meters high and 11 meter wide, decorated with golden mosaics from Italy. The Buddha image is believed to possess some miraculous power to bestow blessings on success to those who give honest vows.
Instead of Wat Intharaviharn, you can have a choice to visit Wat Benchamabophit (the Marble Temple), built with magnificent architectural style of Thai Buddhist Temple with white carrara Italian marble; the interior of which is magnificently decorated. Inside the spacious courtyard is the huge collection of bronze Buddha images of varying styles.
Pick up time: 08:00 a.m.
Drop back at the hotel: around 16:00-17:00 hr
- Pick up and drop off at the hotel in Bangkok downtown
- Transportation in A/C vehicle
- Sightseeing as described
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees
- Boat trip crossing the Chao Phraya River