Best of Bangkok

10.5 hours | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | L C 1 - 1 0 0
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Points of Interest

  • Grand Palace
  • Temples
  • Chao Phraya River Cruise
Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal, Strenuous activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Board your motorcoach at the pier and enjoy a scenic drive to Bangkok. Travel through the tropical countryside, passing tapioca fields, and rural towns and villages. Once you arrive in Bangkok, your tour takes you to the magnificent Temple of the Golden Buddha.

Wat Trimitr, the Temple of the Golden Buddha, houses one of the world's largest statues of the Buddha, carved from solid gold in the Sukothai style. In the 18th century, the Buddha was covered in plaster to protect it from invading armies. It was then "rediscovered" in 1957 when the statue was being moved by a crane. The plaster-covered Buddha slipped and landed in the mud, only to be found by a workman. Through a small crack in the plaster, he saw a sliver of gold and the magnificent work of art was revealed.

Continue by a drive past Chinatown and the colorful flower market en route to the grounds of Bangkok's Grand Palace, where you will discover Wat Phra Kaeo, also known as the Royal Chapel of the Emerald Buddha. This is one of Buddhism's most magnificent monasteries and one of the most celebrated sites in all Thailand. At the heart of the monastery is a Buddha carved from a single piece of emerald-green jasper, perched atop a gilded pedestal. The Emerald Buddha wears a costume that is changed throughout the year to reflect the seasons. In the summer months it wears a crown and jewelry, in the winter it is wrapped in a gold shawl, and in the rainy months it can be seen in a headdress and gilt robe. The Thai king, in a ritual ceremony that ushers in the new season and celebrates good fortune, is given the honor of changing the Buddha's costumes.

A walking tour of the Grand Palace takes you through its ornate and elaborate courtyards. The city's most spectacular landmark, the palace complex, once the residence of the Kings of Thailand, is now reserved for royal ceremonies and state occasions. Beautifully situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the palace's major buildings, although designed in the European style, are crowned with glittering spires richly decorated with gilt and colored-glass mosaics.

After your palace tour, walk a short distance to the Chao Phraya River to board your riverboat for a scenic cruise.

Bangkok has long been hailed as the "Venice of the East." You'll float down the canals of the city's Thonburi district and possibly cruise past Wat Arun, known as the Temple of the Dawn, which once served as the Royal Chapel. The riverboat could also take in Phra Prang, a 260-foot high pagoda decorated with ceramic tiles and fragments of multi-colored porcelain. Numerous photo opportunities abound.

Once docked, a short walk brings you to a local restaurant where you are treated to a buffet lunch of international dishes and Thai favorites.

Refreshed, enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs at a nearby reputable shop.

A relaxing motorcoach drive back to port completes your day.

Special Notes:

The drive between Laem Chabang and Bangkok is approximately 2.5 hours each way.

Suitable attire is required for palace and temple visits. Shorts are not permitted. Women must have their shoulders and knees covered. Turtleneck shirts for men are not allowed. Wear comfortable low-heeled, closed-toe (no open toes or heels) walking shoes. Footwear must be removed before entering temples.

This tour will not visit the Golden Buddha Temple on February 25, 2017 (Voyage M708) due to insufficient port times.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship and drive to Wat Trimitr

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
36
Travel time:
02:30
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
5
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
25
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Visit to Wat Pra Keo

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
36
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
00:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
23
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes

Guided tour of the Grand Palace

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes

Scenic cruise down the Chao Phraya River past Wat Arun and Phra Prang

Transport type:
Cruising
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
01:00
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No

Buffet lunch at a local restaurant on the Chao Phraya River

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:05
Time at site:
01:15
Free time at site:
10
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Free time for shopping

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
36
Travel time:
00:25
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
36
Travel time:
02:00
Wheelchair accessible:
No