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Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew

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Bangkok, Thailand
Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

This private half-day tour of Bangkok’s Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew is an essential deal for anyone traveling to Thailand’s capital city. Explore some of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks with your expert guide, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, home to an image of Buddha made up entirely of jade.
  • Explore the Grand Palace, Bangkok's main tourist attraction with a private guide
  • Visit Thailand's holiest religious statue carved from jade at the Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from selected Bangkok hotels
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Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please be aware that the pick-up for this tour is included and covers all the hotel located in the following areas: (Silom Road, Thai Cultural Centre, Phaya Thai, Huai Khang, Bang Rak, Sathorn, Surawong Road, Rajdamri Road, Ram Buttri Chana Songkhram, Luangsuan Road, Khaosan Road)
For hotel pick-ups outside of this area, an additional charge may be applied or a closer meeting point pick-up may be suggested to you by our Team upon reception of your booking.

Enjoy a private tour of Bangkok’s Grand Palace Complex, known for its blend of traditional Thai and European architecture. Explore the Grand Palace Complex—once home to the Kings of Siam—with your friendly local guide on this Bangkok private tour. Visit the Royal Funeral Hall and the Royal Coronation Hall of this iconic structure that is still used on occasion by the king today.

Marvel at the Emerald Buddha, housed in Wat Phra Kaew—and listen as your guide explains how this holy religious object was carved from a single piece of jade. Your guide points out the intricate designs that decorate this famous structure and highlight the roof tiles that some say touch the sky. 

The tour concludes at Gems Gallery and a return shuttle can be provided by the Gallery to selected hotels.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
Wat Phra Kaew, also called the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is considered as one of the most sacred temple in Thailand. During the tour you will be able to enjoy the outdoor and indoor of the potent religio-political symbol of Thailand.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Grand Palace
Built in traditional Thai architecture mixed with European designs, The Grand Palace complex, once the official home for the Kings of Siam, is unquestionably one of the Thailand's major tourist highlights. The King still uses the Grand Palace for certain ceremonial occasions and the regal flavor within its enormous royal grounds is still evident. During the tour you will visit the Royal Funeral Hall and the Royal Coronation Hall. Enjoy a 90-minute visit here. The main centerpiece of the complex however is the 45 centimeter Emerald Buddha. Carved from just one piece of Jade it is the holiest and most revered religious object in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha is housed within Wat Phra Kaew, which is a very ornately decorated building whose roof tiles reach up into the sky. The tour concludes at Gems Gallery and a return shuttle can be provided by the Gallery to selected hotels.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Upper Terrace
Enjoy the upper terrace from where you will be able to watch both the grand palace and Wat Phra Kaew (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha) from a different light and perspective.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Tour East
Tour East Thailand
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dress Code: There is a strict dress code for visiting the Grand Palace. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand's most sacred site. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves - no sleeveless tops. If you're wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks (in other words, no bare feet.) Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc. It is also recommended to avoid bright colors
  • Restroom facilities available
  • You must provide your hotel details at time of booking, failure to do so may result in cancellation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Tour East Thailand
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew.

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star-5
Superb private morning tour
Teresa
, Feb 2020
Excellent private tour, from start to finish. Having an English-speaking tour guide meant that we were first in line, and did not miss anything. She guided us around and told us all about the Grand Palace Complex, and Wat Phra Kaew. Stunning sights, and excellent tour guide.
star-5
Ayuttaya
Kyriacos F
, Jun 2019
Excellent excursion. Pick up on time . Guide very good and with humour. Very interesting site. Temples on the way very good. The buses in Thailand need to be renewed. Lunch on the cruise food was average but cruise interesting as the view from the river was a must see.
star-4
Bad experience with tour bookings
195496terry
, Mar 2019
THe private tour was just fine,,, The only problem was booking it through VIATOR they failed to inform the tour company about my reservation and sent me my notices a day after each of my tours... I would not use VIATOR to book your tours!!!
star-5
Great fun. Travelled with son and his...
Kim H
, Jun 2018
Great fun. Travelled with son and his friend and the never stopped taking photos.
star-5
Great tour and excellent guide! Tiny...
Vikramjit_S
, Mar 2018
Great tour and excellent guide! Tiny was extremely knowledgeable about Bangkok and of course the Grand Palace. Efficient tour guide, knows all the shortcuts and picture spots. She is friendly, professional and funny! Thank you again for a wonderful tour! I really enjoyed it!
star-5
The tour of the Grand Palace and Wat...
Harold L
, Feb 2018
The tour of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra was absolutely amazing. Our guide was knowledgeable and accommodating. A must do tour.
star-4
Tour Guide was wonderful...
Mary_D
, Jan 2018
Tour Guide was wonderful, informative and very helpful. Unfortunately my sister and I went with my mother who travels with a wheelchair and there are too many places that weren't wheelchair friendly with proper ramps so it was a workout.
star-5
The Grand Palace is every crowded...
Peggy W
, Dec 2017
The Grand Palace is every crowded- but it is a national site. Our guide was so knowledgeable with the sites and Thailand history and culture. She was very patient while we took pictures. We had some time so she took us to the gem gallery. Just to see the amazing artwork at the temple is worth the tour!,
star-5
Was a nice tour - we went early in...
Michael D
, Dec 2017
Was a nice tour - we went early in the morning to avoid the heat, obviously everyone else had the same idea so it was very busy!
star-1
This was a terrible tour that you...
Nadia D
, Oct 2017
This was a terrible tour that you could easily do on your own. Just take a taxi to the site it is one site and get your tickets - it will cost you less. The tour includes travel time - so for our hotel Intercontinental it was 40 minutes each way. The actual tour itself took less than one hour though VIATOR explained that it is a 90 minute tour. Our guide basically got our tickets, spoke to us briefly his accent was so bad we could not understand anything anyway and we were left on our own watching other people with real tour guides getting explanations that were understandable. For those of you who did not know, the king died and for one year he is being exposed - which means that the palace part of the tour was closed I believe they cremated him or will be doing so in October. The tour company never advised us of this. As with the other tours we did in Asia, they will try to bring you to a jewelry place in order to eat up some of the time that this tour is supposed to take we declined. Lastly - the part that ticked us off the most - our tour guide decided to start arguing with the police and it started to escalate - all because he felt that they weren't smiling enough when they checked his back for weapons. Really? We actually almost left him there to take a taxi the hell out of there. Overall - VIATOR was a waste. We complained when we were literally on the ride back to the hotel and they did nothing to resolve. Really do not waste your money. This is really the tour you can do on your own.

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