Grand Palace & Temples Tour

The Grand Palace, Bangkok

Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the Grand Palace was once the official residence of the Thai Royal Family.

Today it is the top tourist attraction in Thailand, drawing over eight million visitors a year. The Royal Palace grounds contains many beautiful buildings, including Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, it is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a small admission fee of 400 Thai Baht.

Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Bangkok

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha lies within the Grand Palace complex  which contains some of the finest examples of Buddhist sculpture, architecture, painting, and decorative craft in Thailand.

It is considered to be the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand There are three main doors used to enter the temple; however only the King and Queen are allowed to enter through the centre door.

The Emerald Buddha sits on a golden altar in the centre of the temple. The solid jade statue is only 45cm tall but despite its size it is the most sacred religious icon in Thailand.

Estimated to be  600 years old it first came to light when it was given as a gift to the King of Ayutthaya by the King of Cambodia in 1434.

The statue disappeared when the Burmese army attacked Ayutthaya and was feared lost, but it had only been hidden, a century later, the ‘Emerald’ Buddha reappeared. It has resided in many temples since then but was moved to its present location in 1784.

Wat Pho & Reclining Buddha, Bangkok

Wat Pho is the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok and home to the famous golden reclining Buddha. This enormous statue measures 46 meters long and 15 meters high, and was constructed by King Rama III in 1832.

Wat Pho also houses the renowned school of traditional Thai massage which is practised all over Thailand.

Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha), Bangkok

When the Burmese army was about to attack  the city, the statue was covered with plaster to hide its value. It remained enclosed in its disguise for the next 2 centuries and was assumed to be worthless.

However; in 1957, when the statue was being moved to a new temple in Bangkok, it fell from the crane and was left in the dirt by the workmen.

The next morning, a temple monk, who had dreamt that the statue was divinely inspired, went to look, and noticed  a crack in the plaster, he saw a glint of gold, and discovered that the statue was if fact made of pure solid gold.

This priceless magnificent seated Buddha which is thought to be about 900 years old, is 3 metres high and weighs over 5 tons.

Private Tour Details

Tour Itinerary

8.00am start

You will be picked up from your Bangkok hotel by your own private vehicle. We take you firstly to the newly rebuilt Wat Traimitt to see the Golden Buddha, then to Wat Pho which houses the huge Reclining Buddha which is just across the road from your main destination, the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, there is a small 400 baht entrance fee. After a couple of hours sightseeing here we will take you back to your hotel by 1pm.

Tour Information

When visiting any temple in Thailand you must wear conservative clothing which covers the shoulders and upper arms, and shorts or skirts which are below knee length.

  • You have your own driver and vehicle
  • You are not sharing a coach with strangers.
  • We do not take you to the overpriced tourist trap stores on the way, as you are forced to do when joining any shared tour.

Price

The price includes driver, car, fuel and tolls but does not include entrance fees.

2 people in a private car 1495 per person
3 people in a private car 995 per person
4 / 8 people in a private minibus 4990 per minibus

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